In order to create a harmonious, convenient interior in one’s own apartment, firstly, it is necessary “to plan” a living space on paper. As experience shows, drawing up of a design-project is better to divide into a number of stages, taking into account some general rules at that.
Organisation of space is both the most complex, and the most interesting stage where an inventor and a designer should awake within you. And the less the metric area of an apartment is, the more actively the inventor’s idea should work.
For example, if there are small rooms in an apartment, it is not necessary to block them up with wardrobes – it is better to move all the wardrobes to the corridor or the hall, and use mirrors and local lighting in addition to the basic one more actively in the rooms.
While planning the living space of your apartment or house, it is necessary to arm with a pencil and paper and make up a detailed plan with the exact sizes of rooms, door and window apertures, height of walls, etc, otherwise, a bought sofa or a chest of drawers can simply not blend in the space intended for it.
The next stage is a colour solution.
It is necessary to take this question just as serious. Skilfully using a colour scale in decoration of the dwelling, it is possible to achieve a good psychological effect, positively influencing on a condition and mood of visitors and members of the household. Paints bear certain energy – colour can comfort, stimulate, inspire and even heal. Before making a final decision as to the colour, pay attention, what cardinal point the windows are oriented at:: if to the north it is recommended to use a colour scale in warm colour tones, if to the south – then cold ones.
The next stage – determination of style, texture and light.
Generally, in design of interiors elements of a rather a large number of “historical” styles are used. It can be the baroque, rococo, classics, pseudo-Gothic, the Victorian style, the modernist style, art deco, constructivism, minimalism, hi-tech and, finally, eclecticism.
It is clear, that the baroque, rococo, pseudo-Gothic are appropriate for country houses or spacious apartments with high ceilings.
The baroque and rococo are characterised by wide and volumetric floristic stucco mouldings, painted ceilings, gilt details of decor, fabric wall-papers, a marble mosaic of floors, armchairs and sofas fitted with silk, a refined colour scale which is characterised not by “basic” colours rather than their complex tones.
Creating a “Gothic” interior, it will be correct to upholster walls with oak panels with carved slats and decorate one of the walls with a Gobelin tapestry displaying a stage from hunting or, say, a performance of troubadours.
A table in the “Gothic style” should be rough and primitive, a bed – in the same vein, with a baldachin and carved columns. But the most important thing here is a free, through and dashing space, elevating force of emptiness which is spiritualised by stained-glass windows.
For those keen on the English classical style, The Victorian interior – a mix of classicism, Roman motives, gothic styles, rococo, the empire style, Oriental arabesques and Asian exotic will be very interesting.
The English feeling of measure has allowed to consolidate all this variety which is shown in subtleties of semitones and colour scores. In such a house a spacious hall looks as a “high-grade” room with a monumental carved table, a mirror in a carved frame, a large chest of drawers – pier-glass table, a striking long-case clock, a sprawling hat tree with iron hooks, “a cell” for umbrellas and newspapers. Walls are planked with panels from either mahogany or oak, and the ceiling is decorated with a floristic stucco moulding. A visiting card of a Victorian house is a drawing room with its sofas and armchairs and a dominant rococo. Onto the fireplace porcelain vases and decorative dishes are usually placed, walls are decorated with pictures, family photos, diplomas and letters.
The most poetical and fairytale interior style is the modernist style.