12 mistakes in the interior that prevent your apartment from becoming perfect
- Selecting an image (photo, picture), or a mirror on the wall using two sconces.
- Creating a cozy atmosphere with dim lighting.
- Alternative light source in a small room.
- Zoning of the room.
- Room decoration with florid or simply stylish sconces.
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Five pluses of sconces
- Creating a romantic atmosphere.
- Rest for tired eyes.
- The ability to adjust lighting.
- Emphasis on interior details / lighting.
- Great decorative feature.
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1. The lack of sockets in the right places
When planning space, we do not always think about the location of outlets. Nevertheless, much depends on this imperceptible at first glance part of the interior. Say, if you decide to put a lamp or a TV too far from the nearest outlet, then ugly extension cords will appear in your room and extra wires will be pulled. Not only is this not aesthetically pleasing, it is also unsafe: you can easily trip over them.
What to do: determine in advance the number of required outlets, depending on the type of room. If this is impossible for some reason, then place double sockets in the corners of the room and consider where you plan to put the furniture. It makes sense to start calculating the number of outlets after developing the interior. In addition, think about it, maybe it’s better to completely abandon some kind of decorative floor lamp than to get extra wires.
2. Cheap dishes
Simple cheap dishes spoil not only the stylish and thoughtful interior, but also the mood. For some reason, many do not use beautiful dishes every day, but store it for a special occasion. Remember the ceremonial crystal in the sideboard or the tea set, which was taken out only on holidays? The times of scarcity are long gone, you should not save on glasses and plates.
What to do: get rid of ugly dishes, buy a good set of plates, cups and glasses and use it every day. After all, it is much nicer to drink morning coffee from an elegant porcelain cup than from a cheap mug purchased at a nearby supermarket.
3. Variegated flower pots
Flower pots are an important element of decor that is often unfairly forgotten. Improperly selected or varied pots can seriously ruin the interior. This is especially true for inexpensive plastic products. However, we are not talking about all flower pots being the same. It is important that they harmoniously combine with each other and fit into the interior.
What to do: select flower pots at the same time for the design of the apartment, as well as the color and type of indoor plants. In addition, properly selected flower pots will help to re-emphasize the room.
4. Inappropriate decor
An important rule of modern design works here: all interior elements must be functional. For example, if decorative jars in the kitchen or caskets in the living room are empty, you need to either fill them with something or refuse them altogether. The same applies to posters with primitive graphics, stickers and inexpensive paintings on the walls: they do not carry any meaning, but only spoil the overall look.
What to do: throw away all unnecessary lifeless things (old vases, extra figurines, decorative pillows and artificial plants). Also try removing stickers and posters from the walls: they do not reflect your personality. When thinking over the decor, try to avoid imitations and create an honest and personal interior that will talk about you.
5. Great photo prints
Some time ago, naturalistic photo prints were very fashionable. Photos of fruits and vegetables could be found in the kitchens, and images of fish and the seabed appeared in many bathrooms on the walls or 3D floors. The problem with such prints is that the objects on them look quite like real, but at the same time gigantic size. That is, fruits and berries are obtained the size of your head and thus lose all natural correspondence.
What to do: abandon bright photo prints of large size in favor of more realistic and concise solutions. As a decor, you can choose a mosaic, ceramic tile or art painting.
6. Excess surfaces
The fact that a properly designed interior should provide enough space for storing various things is true. However, it is important not to overdo it with the number of bookshelves, niches, coffee tables and other surfaces. They collect excess dust and contribute to disorder, because they attract excess unnecessary things.
What to do: estimate in advance how many items you need to place on shelves and tables, and plan open surfaces based on this. You can even draw a plan where what thing will be placed. At the same time, do not forget about important interior solutions, for example, think about where you will store shoes.
7. Incorrect lighting
We live in three-dimensional space, so in the apartment we are not enough just one type of lighting. Designers distinguish four tiers of lighting. Upper - these are ceiling chandeliers and built-in lamps. The first middle is a sconce, floor lamps and all kinds of wall lights. The second middle one is lamps on tables, dressers and bedside tables. The lower tier is fixtures built into the floor and skirting boards. If you provide tiered lighting, this will emphasize the amount of space and make it more comfortable.
What to do: think over different lighting options. For a family dinner and party you will need one light, for work at home or reading - a completely different one. Do not forget about lighting with different functions: a floor lamp by the chair to read, a lamp on the desk for work, night lamps and sconces for a romantic setting, and accent lighting to emphasize interior details.
8. Too bright and varied textiles
Catchy colors in the design of the room may be quite appropriate, but in combination with bright textiles, the overall picture can turn out to be lurid and tasteless. Therefore, it is important to select textiles in the style of the interior. If your bedroom is designed in pastel colors, do not buy bedding with leopard print. If you choose a restrained style of the living room, then you should not dilute the interior with multi-colored decorative pillows and curtains that are too bright.
What to do: It is advisable to choose neutral textiles for the bedroom and bathroom, which could fit into any interior. However, if you like bright bedding, you can sew or buy a long bedspread and completely cover it with a bed. The main rule that is worth adopting: the textiles in the house can be contrasting, but it is important that it does not get out of the general concept.
9. Ethnic interior
Around the mid-2000s, one hundred percent ethnic interior came into fashion: Japanese, Arabic, Indian, Scandinavian. Usually in the picture and as part of the design project, such an interior looks stylish and beautiful, although it is not quite suitable for life. Japanese style is too minimalistic, Arabic and Indian are too pretentious and impractical, and Scandinavian is rather boring.
What to do: disband ethnic style, leaving individual elements. For example, carpets with an unusual ornament, Arabic mosaic lamps and statuettes of stone and wood will be appropriate in living rooms made in eco-style. Perhaps modern eco-style is the most harmonious way to combine eco-friendly materials, ethnic products and classic furniture in one room.
10. The problem with contrasts
The interior, designed in one color scheme, is boring. So many designers insisted and advised not to be afraid of color. As a result, the pop-up interior with bright contrasting furniture and decor elements came into fashion. In fact, color is good, but the main thing here is not to overdo it and not turn the living space into a museum of modern art.
What to do: use plainness as a background. Let the main color of the room remain coffee or gray, but add a few contrasting elements that will make the interior voluminous and vibrant. For example, choose textured textiles, a darker carpet and furniture that will not merge with the interior.
11. Bulky sports equipment
Exercising is great. True, it is worthwhile to appropriately evaluate the capabilities of your own apartment: is it possible to allow a bulky exercise bike or treadmill to steal meters that are valuable to you? In addition, often the simulators become a clothes hanger and do not decorate the interior at all. Perhaps for homework it is better to leave smaller objects: dumbbells, weights, a stretching mat and fitball.
What to do: if you really use exercise machines regularly, equip a special sports corner. It can be fenced with a screen or even organized on a loggia. If you recall home workouts no more than once a month, it is better to sell equipment and buy a subscription to a fitness club, where classes will be held regularly.
Dissolve the sleeping area in the general decoration
Such a decision will be the only true one for a living room of no more than 20 square meters. m. It is a folding sofa or bed. The sleeping area will be combined with the storage area if the furniture is equipped with spacious linen drawers. It is desirable that the coffee table be on wheels for ease of movement.
Now you can make custom built-in furniture, including a place for sleeping, which will be hidden for a day in a special niche in the wall. But it is worth considering that this option has a high cost.
Distribute the room into zones
If the footage allows, then you can select a separate location for each functional area. The sleeping area can be supplemented with a storage area and a small workplace. At the same time, the overall style of the interior can be preserved so that the overall perception of the room as a whole remains harmonious.
Preference for placing a sleep zone should be given to that part of the room that is closer to the window. If there is a balcony, then its additional area can be combined with a sleeping area and organize a workplace there.
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How to partition zones
To separate the bedroom from the living room, you should use various interior items and building materials.
- Partition made of brick, wood, drywall or glass blocks. The use of glass is preferable because it will provide the living room with natural light. For the same purpose, low partitions can be used.
- Sliding doors. It makes sense to install glazed sliding doors or with canvases of light wood. Glass panels of sliding doors can have a pattern or matte tint, can be made using the stained glass technique.
- Rack. You can make the separation not too obvious - put in the middle of the room a rack with many shelves on which you can place books and indoor plants. In this case, there will be no shortage of natural light in the living area.
- More options. You can apply various screens and mobile partitions, all kinds of textile products: curtains, tapestries, curtains. Also suitable are vertical and horizontal blinds, oversized pieces of furniture, such as a wardrobe. In addition, podium structures can be used, while the bed is hidden in the podium.
- Implicit demarcation. The division of space can be without an explicit emphasis on the borders: wallpapering in different tones, autonomous artificial lighting for each zone.
There are many solutions, and all the described techniques are suitable for absolutely any style in the interior.
What is the difference between a floor lamp and a sconce?
In terms of functionality, these devices are absolutely similar. Both of them are a source of additional light, while being a decorative element of the interior and a tool that creates coziness. The fundamental difference is only in the installation method. And already from here you can isolate the pros and cons of each of the devices.
The floor lamp is a floor lamp. Accordingly, when installing a floor lamp, it is necessary to allocate additional space in the room. Floor stands, or pillars, by themselves are usually not too massive. BUT it should be understood that it makes no sense to put a floor lamp, furnishing and blocking it with other pieces of furniture or accessories. That is, the radius of free space around the floor lamp should be at least half a meter, and better - more. Otherwise, you should abandon the floor lamp. And then just wall sconces come into play, which do not require a separate free space on the floor. This advantage is quite significant in terms of creating an interior in small apartments.
At the same time, each of the ways to install the lamp has a reverse side. A floor lamp can always be rearranged if changes in the interior require it, or just your mood, or if an additional light source is suddenly needed in another zone or even a room. In the case of sconces, this trick will not work. This lamp is completely stationary, and to move it will have to face some difficulties. The fact is that, firstly, the movement process itself is accompanied by the dismantling and installation of the device, and, secondly, after moving it is still necessary to be puzzled with how to hide the trace from the lamp in the same place, which, in principle, is not always possible.
Thus, the first conclusion can be made. If you have a shortage of space, and you do not plan to change the situation in the room, a sconce will definitely suit you better. If there is enough space, but there are doubts about the finiteness of the interior option, then you should choose a floor lamp. If there is not enough space, and changes are still possible, then we choose the lesser of two evils, and which of them will be lesser depends on the situation and the specific interior.
It is necessary to choose lighting devices taking into account all possible changes in the interior.
What interior is the lamp for?
This circumstance when choosing the type of lamp is somewhat arbitrary. Because, by and large, we repeat that in terms of functionality both floor lamps and sconces are similar. Therefore, there is no significant difference what exactly to choose for a bedroom, kitchen or living room. Nevertheless, there are some standard design techniques that suggest a certain type of lamp in a particular interior. Of course, this is not a dogma, but still it makes sense to look at the time-tested interior solutions.
So, in the kitchen, for example, it is wall lights that look more organically. The fact is that usually the kitchen space is divided into a working and dining area, where the floor lamp is unlikely to fit. An exception may be the dining area, equivalent to a recreation area with a sofa or armchairs, rather than the usual dining group. In this case, a floor lamp is also possible.
the wall light in the kitchen is both organic and functional
Bedroom.Not always, but in the vast majority of cases, additional lighting is located at the head of the bed, namely on the sides. On the floor, this side space is usually occupied by bedside tables, so sconces are most often chosen as fixtures. A floor lamp is possible in the bedroom if it also has a sitting area, for example, with a soft armchair and a coffee table, or next to a boudoir table, if, again, space allows.
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But in the living room - on the contrary, it is preferable to install floor lamps, they look more monumental, at the same time, the room does not lose comfort. In addition, usually living rooms - rooms with the largest area in the apartment or in the house. Accordingly, there should be no shortage of space. Anyway, floor lamps are literally asked to supplement themselves with a large soft sofa or deep chairs in an ensemble with a coffee table.
but in the living room floor lamps feel like fish in water
Rarely used floor lamps in corridors / hallways. Here again, the fundamental parameter when choosing a lamp is the area, and in these rooms it is usually small. The most successful option for the location of the lamps in the corridors is several identical sconces in one line. But if you choose a device for the lobby, hall or lobby, then a floor lamp can be quite appropriate if, for example, it is attached next to banquets or a telephone stand.
What style is the interior made in?
But this is completely unimportant. Today, in retail stores and in catalogs of online lighting technology markets, a huge number of fixtures of various types and styles. So it doesn’t matter what style your interior is made in, you can easily find a suitable floor lamp and sconce. By the way, a rather successful design technique when both floor lamps and a sconce of the same model are used in the same interior - it looks very stylish.
Using the same or very similar models of fixtures of different types is a successful design find that adds style to the interior.
Of course, you should not pile up a room with lighting equipment, if this is not necessary, because a lamp is, first of all, a source of light. And to install it where additional light is not needed, just as an accessory is still not worth it.
So, if you are still in the throes of choosing a lamp, be guided by the tips outlined above, as well as your own taste and sense of style, and do not forget that everything is good in moderation. The main thing is that your home should be light and comfortable, and sconces and floor lamps will cope with this task.
Wall lights and their varieties
The French word "bras" (bras) means "hand". In fact: he held out his hand - and the lamp is on! The sconces became especially popular in the 17th century, when chandeliers were replaced by lamps made of bronze, copper, glass. The advent of electricity was the impetus for the manufacture of sconces of various types.
Today the range of wall lights is very wide. With their help, you can highlight significant objects in the interior, divide the room into zones, increase the illumination of the room. In addition, the original sconces can act as an independent subject of decor.
The sconces are easy to install and maintain. They are conditionally divided into several types:
- Surface sconces. The lamp is structurally pressed against the wall. Most often these are reflected light fixtures. Such models are stylistically versatile, diverse in shape, color, texture and size.
- Wall sconces on the bracket. Models are diverse in design and materials. Sometimes a group of plafonds is placed on one common basis: this design looks very original and creates a good level of illumination. Such lamps look interesting in interiors of different styles. Sometimes sconces are made in the form of several lamps on a common basis.
- Open fixtures - sconces without shade, often represent an imitation of candles. Perfect for interiors in the classical style, baroque or rococo, for example, crystal wall sconces.
- Sconce with directional light and adjustable base. These models can be controlled by pointing to the right place. Directional sconces are great for high-tech interiors. Very comfortable near mirrors, in reading areas. An example of such a lamp is a base with a lampshade that rotates freely.
How to choose a wall lamp?
To make the sconce a truly beautiful, appropriate and functional element of the interior, ask yourself a few questions:
- In which room do you want to place the sconce?
- What is the general style of this room and its size?
- how many lighting fixtures are already in the room, what are they?
- How many windows are there in the room and where are they located?
- What is the original purpose of placing the sconce: lighting or decor?
- What is the humidity level in the room?
Answers to questions will form the parameters of the lamp that suits you: size, color, shape, material, number of light sources, power, degree of protection. Let's dwell on the choice of sconces for each specific room.
Wall lamp for bedroom and nursery
In the bedrooms and children's rooms, fixtures giving a soft, diffused light are appropriate. Such lighting helps to relax, prepare for sleep. Looks great here models with a dense lampshade, matte shades. It is not recommended to place crystal and glass lamps in the nursery, so that the child could not get hurt if the lamp breaks.
It is very convenient if the brightness of the lighting can be changed if desired, changing the camera light to a brighter and easier to read. In the children's bedroom, a weak wall-mounted night light can burn all night so that the child is not afraid to sleep. It is good to use LED lamps for night lights, as they consume less electricity.
Traditionally, sconces in the bedroom are placed at the head of the bed: one sconce on the sides of the double bed, or one lamp on the side of the single. In the nursery, a lamp is convenient near the chair, where the child reads a fairy tale before bedtime. It is important that the person sitting in the chair can turn on the sconce without getting up.
A sconce in the bedroom will decorate and add functionality to the bedside zone, creating accents in the interior. Wall lamps are convenient in that they do not take up space on the bedside table, leaving it for the necessary things: books, a glass of milk and flowers.
Wall lights in the living room and study
In the living room and study, the sconces set the rhythm for the interior and organize the space. Part of the room, highlighted by a pair of symmetrically placed sconces, acquires special significance and integrity. As a rule, they try to highlight a zone by the fireplace or other significant decorative elements, to focus on the bar counter. Sconces located on both sides of the sofa create a comfortable sitting area.
The sconces are most often placed in the living room for decorative purposes only. An interesting composition is created by paired lamps over symmetrical pieces of furniture, sconces in wall niches, between windows.
Modern designers are increasingly using sconces for decorating living rooms, made in the same style, but with different color schemes. This approach refreshes the room, adds dynamics to it.
Sconce in the hallway and bathroom
For small rooms, often bathrooms and hallways, sconces can be the main source of light. But the traditional role of wall lights is to illuminate the mirror and the most significant areas. Lamps look very impressive, the design of which repeats some elements of the mirror frame.
High humidity in the bathroom requires waterproof wall lights. Think about the combination of plumbing materials and fixtures.
In the hallway, one should not create too bright lighting: a person gets into this room after the street or entrance, and light beating through the eyes can cause unpleasant sensations. If the corridor is long, a series of identical sconces will enliven its walls.
- It is convenient to buy a sconce and a chandelier from the same series: this is a guarantee of high-quality multi-level lighting and saves time when selecting stylistically suitable lamps.
- Wall lights help zone the room. Use sconces mounted symmetrically on the corresponding walls.
- The lower the lighting, the more calm and romantic the lighting.
- Narrow space visually expands the sequence of identical sconces. Such lamps should be compact enough so as not to create inconvenience. In a spacious and wide room, you can place a sconce on one or on opposite walls.
- Do not place the sconce strictly opposite the TV, otherwise the screen will glare. Place the device, backing off on each side a few centimeters (depending on the light spot of the lamp, usually 50 cm) from the projection of the screen onto the wall.
A correctly selected wall lamp can give comfort to any room. The options for using sconces in the interior are innumerable, and using the materials of our blog, you can try to apply your knowledge in lighting design. Subscribe and get new articles directly to the mail!
The main "advantages" of luxury furniture
- Originality, showiness of interior items not only delight guests. It creates a special atmosphere in the house, harmonizes, inspires,
- The comfort that luxury furniture gives can never be compared with the angularity of the representatives of the mass market,
- The quality is undeniable: the seams do not strike the eye, the body does not loosen, the filler does not go astray, the upholstery fabric is not subject to abrasion for many years,
- Factory products are good, but only the elite has its own unique details, for which you will love it. Handmade details such as tags, pockets, carvings, inserts, embroidery create a unique image,
- Imagine a piece of furniture that is so perfect and attractive that it becomes the main detail of the interior. Often, at first it is recommended to choose an elite set, and then consider the rest of the furniture,
- The functionality of elite, designer furniture is obvious, because the competition in this market segment is not at the price, but at the convenience and capabilities of the models.
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A little bit about style
It should be understood that the uniqueness of luxury furniture is that each designer develops a collection or line of models in a particular style. Sometimes the master makes a model to order. For example, for furnishing a thematic cafe or for a special occasion.
The style of furniture is not always accompanied by versatility, but almost always by comfort. Designer furniture can be designed for non-standard rooms. Here it is quite possible to deviate from generally accepted forms and remain quite satisfied with the result.
12. Poor pet accessories
Under accessories for pets are meant not only bulky houses and beds, but also bowls with trays. Most owners are not very worried about the appearance of these things, buying the first items found in the pet store. As a result, plastic bowls of bright colors turn out to be in a carefully thought-out kitchen, and a scratching post spoils the interior of the living room.
What to do: spend more time finding the right pet accessories. You can also make furniture for pets to order. Perhaps this will cost you more, but you will enjoy the interior thought out to the smallest detail. Another point is the cat tray. Usually it is in the bathroom or toilet, that is, the door is always open, which, you see, is not very aesthetically pleasing. To avoid this, you can install a special door in the bathroom with a small hole for the cat: it is convenient and practical.