Wednesday, April 6, 2011

Colors in the interior Part I

The color is actively participating in the architectural and compositional forming the accommodation. Same compartment may interfere in different ways depending on its color. Using proper harmonious combination of colors we can select many variations of the background color to avoid some mistakes and create such an atmosphere that inspires cozy atmosphere. Successful interior color combination is a combination of fabric colors, lighting fixtures, paintings and many small and decorative items.
       The modern science ergonomics demonstrate and clarifies the role of color in our lives. The choice of colors for the rooms cannot be done randomly. Color composition of the interior is being considered in advance and is based on the intended use of the premises and the size also and their exhibition. In all cases, you must choose a color that is essential for the other colored objects. The color of the walls, which is the background for the furniture, paintings, fabrics, and even for people who live in the accommodation must be sustainable and as much as possible neutral to harmonize all elements of the interior. The rest must be inferior in intensity by choosing a passive color. 
       Besides the function of the premises and personal preference when we choose colors we must take into account the location of the premises themselves. In areas where sunlight is meager are appropriate warm colors, and in southeastern and southern areas - cold colors. To achieve interesting effects, the principle of inverse relation between the magnitude and the brightness of the color spot is used. For walls with larger areas are applied bright colors and for small objects are elected intense tones. 
       In rooms, designed for practice and learning, the colors of the walls must create an atmosphere of peaceful or business activity. For this purpose, are suitable neutral colors from the range of green, gray-green, gray-blue and other colors in the range of light yellow. In spaces for relaxation and cultural activities are suitable not very intensive colors like blue and beige.

      Cabinet must create peaceful, balanced, but also stimulating mental activity atmosphere. Additional colors are imported to interior design by the furniture. Optical centers of relaxing can be created through pictures according to personal taste also with indoor plants and colorful paintings. As prime we must choose ocher, light green and as complementary colors - gray-blue, brown, red-brown and green, green, blue and yellow-brown. 
      The bedroom must imply comfort and freshness. In bedrooms color dynamics should not be proactive. Quiet, relaxing nerves atmosphere is achieved through the green color. Saturation and purity of tone shall be determined of size and height of the room. Strong contrasts should be avoided, they are usually made by the furniture and decorative fabrics. As color combinations we can use pastel colors with silver variations, combined with light blue and pink shades. For example, green, blue-green or blue as the main color, yellow-brown, ivory and red-brown as complementary colors.

Secound part of tihs article can be found at : Colors in interior part II

Monday, April 4, 2011

Bauhaus interior style Part II

In the search for new ways to use less wood, professionals create composite materials with good technical performance. In the first place is laminated - glued wood. Her first craftsman was the Finnish architect Alvar Aalto. Like any artist, he has his preference for artistic expression and interior design. He works primarily with natural materials and is committed to the simple, unornamented things that are in harmony with the human body. Deep admiration of the great artist to the beauty of the wood is rooted in the traditions of the Finnish way of life, but technology also excites him.

 Thanks to the flexibility of the laminated wood, furniture from this material have smooth shapes, consistent with the anatomical features of the human body. Due to the severe shortage of wood and opportunities for mass production, in the household more often are used metal furniture, plastic and glass. These materials offer great opportunity in terms of the formation and construction of modern furniture. Properties of metal, as a material allow the construction of furniture that regardless of its visual lightness are strong and durable. Large effect have combined metal furniture with wood, marble, glass and others materials. Although the furniture has been known since antiquity, their prevalence is typical for the period after World War II.
      The production of modern metal furniture with original forms associated with the activities of the world's first university for art design, industrial construction and scientific experimentation "Backhaus". This is international school uniting some of the best in the world, architects, designers, painters and sculptors, photographers, which are all related to industrial production.
     Today plastic furniture increasingly wider used in the interior of the housing. The first design development of interior elements of synthetic materials appeared after World War II. These are the chairs of Architects Eero Saarinen, Panton Mario and Dzanutso. They prove that any new plastic material requires a specific form in practice. Plastic as a material is creating opportunities for the development of modern forms of furniture with volume coloration. In recent years, the impulses for determining the shapes come more from the Italians, who are characterized by extravagance and formalism.

 Thus began his time with the halo of divine purpose passed through cult decorations of the ancient world, rational forms of ancient Greece and Rome and representative decoration, the archetype of modern furniture stand on the threshold of barbarian Europe. From here, taken ​​by the naive desire for the comforts of the early Middle Ages, the enthusiasm of the Gothic, visceral seriousness of the Renaissance splendor of the Baroque, pampered playfulness of Rococo, sobering femininity of classicism, showiness of the Empire, Biedermeier and the warmth of the elegant severity of the vein of Art Nouveau, barely in our century, already confident in the strength of their capabilities, the furniture is entering the homes of all people. And their shapes have always been such as they was dictated by the modern lifestyle.

You can found the first part of this article at: Bauhaus interior style part I

Sunday, April 3, 2011

Paddle LED lamp by Benjamin Hubert

The paddle LED lamp is designed by Benjamin Hubert for lightening manufacturer “Fabbian” based in Italy. Benjamin Hubert is born in United Kingdom in 1984. He studied Industrial Design and Technology at Loughborough University and graduated in 2006. Not long after at 2007 the design studio Benjamin Hubert is established. The Paddle lamp is using led lights to bring light to workspace. This is very environment friendly and is cost effective. 

The design and the shape of the lamp was inspired by the canoe blade moving through the water. The Paddle lamp is constructed by three main parts, base, connecting arm and paddle head. Between them are two rotating balls that helps the movement of the parts on 360 degrease. The lamp by Benjamin Hubert comes in two variants the one is lacquered aluminum and the other is ash timber. The colors can match any home interior and help to create great modernistic look. The lamp is controlled by touch panel. The mass production of this led lamp is expected to be started this month at Milano.

More about the designer at: Benjamin Hubert

Friday, April 1, 2011

Interior lighting Part I

The good lightening at home predisposes to peace and security, creates coziness and comfort. Often people make mistakes when choosing lighting units and also in their deployment and installation. Since it has mental and emotional effect on us, the quality of light is very important. Big contrast can strain eyes, but the standard lighting is monotone and boring. For the successful lighting of the house it is very important the choice of lighting types and power and placing appropriate. It is recommended that the lighting to be designed together with furniture and other decoration of the house. In fact, best this should be done at the very beginning, before putting the furniture and decorate anything. This gives the following advantages: it is easier to identify different functional areas within the premises wiring can be planned to the last detail, you can achieve the visual effect with less effort and even save money. Typically, the lighting is left for completing at the end or is considered as something completely separate from the home design. You must take into account the availability of natural light during the day and then to decide what lighting is needed.
         Lighting is most versatile element used for modeling and decorating an environment. Sunlight is also helpful if you know how to control her effects. Sunlight illuminates the home during the majority of the day, giving life into the interior and changing its intensity according to time of day or season. So we need to find the direction of entry at doors and windows and sunlight to be used at maximum, in the arrangement of interior spaces. You should consider what type of lighting is necessary ,taking into account that the lighting serves to create atmosphere . Strong lighting flows energy and encourages the work and activity pursuit. Mood lighting grants relaxing, but if overdone it may act sleepy. Excessively strong light causes people to turn away their eyes and creates physical and emotional discomfort. Stark contrasts between dark and light can create a unique atmosphere, but if it is overdone may also tired the people.

The light output can be directed to a specific area, such as the worktable. According to the method of directing its lighting is direct, indirect and mixed (diffusive).

  • In direct illumination light beam falls directly on the objective that we want to highlight. Direct lighting is economical, but is harmful for eyes because it causes glare and fatigue.
  • In indirect illumination light beam reaches the area that we want to highlight, such as incomplete coverage of the walls and ceiling of the room. The resulting light is even and soft with no dazzle. Indirect lighting is not economical.
  • Mixed (diffusive) lighting occurs when the light source (so that it not blinds), is placed in a globe of matt or opal glass. In residential buildings mixed lighting is used most in the vestibule, living rooms, etc.

Very significance for the effect of light on residential areas is the color of walls and ceilings. Dark-painted walls absorb light and reduce the effect of lighting. Vice versa, white walls and ceilings reflect a considerable part of falling light upon them.

The secound part of this article can be found here: 
Interior lighting part II
Interior lighting part III

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