Free Online Resources For Interior Design

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When you’re designing your room you don’t necessarily want to spend money on a design software. Not everyone has a natural flair for interiors or trained eye for design, but that doesn’t mean that you cannot compose an appealing colour scheme or plan your space. There are free websites and softwares that can help you in doing this. In today’s post I will share the ones I was using or still use in my interior design projects.

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Monochrome interior mood board  created on Polyvore

  1. Polyvore is a website there you can create a mood boards for virtually anything: your outfit or your interior. It is an online platform where you can buy the stuff your used in the project, but you don’t necessarily have to and you can save your board or share on social media. I used to compose the boards on Polyvore for my college projects ,before I knew the design software.
  2. Room Planner by Pottery Barn is an online software where you create your floor plan. Put your room dimensions and use their ready-made blocks of furniture to plan your space. At the end you also get the full list with dimensions of furniture you used.
  3. Google SketchUp is a 3D modelling software to download to your computer (SketchUp Make version is free). It is quite simple to use and you can model your room in 3D which is very handy if you don’t have the ability to imagine how your space will look like. 3D Warehouse feature allows you to download already modelled furniture to your project. 
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    A quick 3D model of a living room made in Google SketchUp Make

     

  4.  Pinterest is an online source of inspiration where you create your boards and collect pictures there. You can simply create a board for your room and pin the images of inspiration there. It is really handy to define your style and to keep ideas for later. I have to warn you that it is very addictive though and can be a huge time waster as well 😉
  5.  BBC Design Rules on YouTube- I recommend to watch the whole series of 6 episodes if you’re at the beginning of your journey with decorating a home. It’s necessary to know the rules first to break them like a pro 😉
  6. Adobe Color CC will create a colour scheme for you wether it is analogous, triadic or complementary. Choose the colour from the wheel and choose the option in the dropdown menu. If you download an inspiration photo Adobe Color CC will pick the colours and create the colour scheme for you.

These six free design tools will help you to decorate beautiful rooms and create cohesive design, but that doesn’t mean that you will become an Interior Designer only with them… Designing for yourself is completely different than designing for others and there’s many restrictions and rules like building regulations, ergonomics or health and safety principles that have to be considered. Always consult projects that involve construction work with a professional.

Thanks for reading my post,

Gosha

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New Year New Goals

After certain age the new year is not so exciting anymore and I am in that age already, but 2018 is here and I would like to wish all my readers a really good one.

The last year wasn’t as good as I expected… I thought that after obtaining my diploma in Interior Design all doors will open for me instantly and I will choose among job offers but this didn’t happen. That was a hard lesson from life but this led me to few good things. One of them was volunteering for Society of Saint Vincent de Paul where I met wonderful people and started to do window displays, which was something I was thinking of for a long time. I also appreciated more people around me, my friends and their support. Starting the blog was also a result of my difficulties with finding the job. I love Interior Design and wanted to be up to date with trends and wanted to share the knowledge and skills that I learned at school.

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The start of the year is a time when people make new resolutions but research shows that most of them fail after a few weeks. I read an interesting article related to this subject here which I recommend. I decided to make some changes in my life and thought that a new year is a good time to start and that declaring my goals publicly will increase my chances to succeed.

In 2018 I want to:

  • Be more productive and work everyday on blog related tasks because when I write my post I often struggle to find perfect imagery or spend too much researching the topic. I was so far spontaneous and I need to organise that process. At the end of the year I happened to be sick, then I sunk in Christmas madness and haven’t published for weeks. I need to have backup for such situations.
  • I want to develop my writing skills as English is not my native language and we speak Polish at home. Sometimes it is hard to find words to describe things and I repeat the same word over and over. I want to read more design related articles and books and make notes.
  • Create an office space in a spare room to not work in my bedroom.
  • Exercise first thing in the morning during the week to look better and uplift my mood.
  • Have more social interactions both in the real life and online as I really suck at this.

I had a long list but I think there’s no point in overwhelming myself with expectations. Every little change can have a huge impact on life. I am starting from now on and will see where this will take me.

Do you make a new year’s resolution and would like to share it here? Please comment below and maybe we can motivate each other?

Thank you for being with me and reading the post.

Gosha

 

 

Decorating for Christmas

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This year I started preparing for Christmas relatively late… I am still on the stage where I look for an inspiration. I would like to do something different this time and I am planning to use a lot of natural materials and DIY decorations.

I like the informal style on the photo below- creased linen as a tablecloth, a branch suspended from the ceiling and paper star decorations in the window. I imagine my slow Christmas morning breakfast with my boys at the table set like this.

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Photo credit: Ikea

I also think the greenery around a chandelier like on this photo would look interesting as a holiday decoration- simple yet interesting.

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Photo credit: Ikea

If the “white Christmas” is something you desire (but you live in Ireland where it is seldom the case), why not decorating all room in white? I really like that idea but I am afraid in my creative house it wouldn’t work 🙂

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Definitely when everything is monochrome you can go more crazy with decorations and it will still work well like in this beautiful living room.

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Photo credit: Ikea

I still haven’t purchased the tree I would like the living one but I am considering the environmental issues maybe the potted one would survive until spring and could be transplanted to the garden?… And what about you? Do you have bought yours already? Do you opt out for the real or the artificial one? Are you making your decorations or you prefer the store bought ones?

Thanks for reading,

Gosha

 

How To Decorate Around Tv

A TV is a thing to be found in almost every house but it is not really aesthetically pleasing item. Even if you have the newest, the slimmest model it is still a large, black rectangular when it is turned off. There are ways to incorporate it in your interior so it wouldn’t be such an eyesore.

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Dark background and large interesting artwork on this wall are the first things noticeable when coming into the room

1.On a black wall. If your TV is black you can simply paint the wall behind it the same colour. This will prevent the TV from standing out when it is turned off and no one will pay attention to it.

 2. In a gallery wall. As I mentioned in this post creating a wall gallery can add some interest to a boring wall. You can simply treat a TV as if it was just another picture and arrange your pictures around it.

3. Mounted on a wallpapered wall. An interesting print on the wallpaper creates a visual impact and attracts attention. A TV attached to wallpapered wall won’t be the first thing you notice when you come into the room.

 

 

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A wall gallery with the TV

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A TV mounted on a wallpapered wall 

In this short post I gave you three simple solutions how to design your interior around a TV if you would like to see more examples please check my Pinterest board where I share my inspirations.

I admit that I don’t like to read the long stories on the blogs. I like to  get to the point quickly so my Idea was to be more straight forward. I am curious if you like the short form of my posts? Please leave me some comments below so I could improve this blog for you 😉

Thank you for reading,

Gosha

Creating a Wall Gallery

Wall galleries became very popular thank to inspiration websites like Pinterest or Instagram. We admire the photographs of perfectly arranged pictures or artwork on the wall… The truth is it’s no mystery and everyone can instantly add some style and a personal touch to the room.

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Even spaces, colour palette and frames style ties everything together here

To elevate the space by creating a wall gallery there is few things worth considering:

  • If you are hanging your pictures above the chair or sofa leave at least 20 cm between the base of the frame and the top of the furniture
  • The best height to hang the artwork is so the centre of the artwork is on the eye level
  • Think of a theme that ties the pictures together weather it be the colour palette or frame style
  • Leave even spaces in between frames or work in a square/rectangle
  • Be creative, be flexible, experiment- the pictures don’t have to be fixed to the wall. You can use decorative tape or clothes pegs to create temporary exposition that you can remove or rearrange

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This wall looks interesting because the frame style, theme of the pictures and industrial lighting are in relation wit each other

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Using the clothes pegs is a good idea, especially if you like changes

Personalising the space by creating a wall gallery is a quick and easy way to transform your space. Putting your favourite pictures or artwork on display creates also a feeling that you’re at home and you can do it effortlessly even when renting.

I hope that this post encouraged you and inspired to create your own wall galleries and if you’re looking for some examples please check my Pinterest board with some inspiration.

Thanks for reading,

Gosha

Neutral Interiors

Decorating with neutral can be a good way to create a solid base for your design. There’s many options you can choose… From minimalist, clean whites to rich greys, beiges or dark browns. Neutral interior can be transformed cost effectively according to current season, trends or mood you want to go for by changing the accessories.

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The clean and neutral base is a good start for designing a room and by changing a bedding, table lamps and decoration a totally different look can be achieved.

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Who wouldn’t feel good in this kitchen? It’s a clean, calm and contemporary base for interesting decorations of your choice.

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This dining/living space is simple and functional and depending on the season can be more cosy, glamour or playful depending on decorations used.

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This room, though neutral, is really interesting and classic.

As a designer I work with colours a lot and I can be influenced easily by the project I work on. My rented house is decorated in neutral so I could transform it cost effectively with seasons. I also tend to relax more here after work… I don’t like to spend time in the kitchen though, because the colour of my floor and cabinets is dreadful.

Do you like neutral interiors or you prefer to surround yourself with colour? If you want to create colourful room but you don’t know how to start I encourage you to use the colour wheel and you can find it here how to do it.

Thank you for reading my blog,

Gosha

Interior Design Trends For 2018- Part II

So far brass was associated with the grandma’s house. It was not related with modern and trendy house but this has changed. Now brass is the new copper and making a big come back in 2018. It gives the interior a touch of luxury and warmth.

Use brass accessories like lamps, door knobs or planters for trendy look and to avoid high costs…We never know how long this trend can sustain. Brass accessories can be easily found in shops and thrift stores or you can fake this material by using a spray paint.

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Brass lamps give the warm light and look gorgeous with rich colours as well as in neutral interiors.

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Brass, like copper, ages and looks even more interesting with time thanks to oxidation process.

Another big thing of 2018 is the dark wood like walnut, rosewood or charred wood. I must admit that this trend really excites me because it has more character. In my designs I often use vintage and antique thrift stores and flea markets finds and I usually go for the dark timber.

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In my previous Post-Interior Design Trends For 2018. Part I I mentioned that our homes in 2018 should not look like from catalogues. Personalisation, combining different materials, handmade and recycled materials are welcome in our rooms so let’s play with it.

These were trends for 2018 that I liked, but I must admit that I won’t give up on copper towards brass… And how about you? Are you following the trends or do you have your personal taste despite the fashion?

Thanks for reading and for all your feedback.

Gosha