The art of decoration involves making designs using motifs or colours on surfaces as well as efficient handling of the design components in a manner that is aesthetically pleasing to the eye. Interior decoration is therefore an aspect of decoration that deals with the total arrangement of things in an apartment (home or office) in order to bring out the interior beauty of a place. This mostly has to do with the interplay of colours to achieve a unique internal appearance of a home or an office. There are basically three prominent ways of viewing colour usage interior decoration. It can be either approached harmoniously, complementarily, and contrastingly.
The popular way which many people approach colours in interior designs is in terms of ‘harmony’. Harmony is a term often used to qualify a pleasing combination of colours in a given design. For example, it is common to walk into an office and observe that the curtains, walls, furniture and even the floor of the office are looking green. The green colour may be artistically represented in various shades: light, dark, mid-tone, etc. Or even if the furniture may have a different colour, some green flowering designs or spots may be found on the dominant colour which makes the entire design appealing to view.
In complementary designs however, different colours are used which may not necessarily be of the same origin or background. For example, the combination of red and green or blue and red may be artistically used to achieve a unique design. The word complementary, as understand in design especially in terms of colour, has to do with how best two or more colours can be used to achieve a perfect design. This means that if a dominant colour in a design is getting outrageous, another colour of different background can be effectively used in taming (reducing the off-effect of) the dominant colour.
Another way of considering or viewing colours used in interior decoration is in terms of contrast. In design, contrasting colours can be considered in two ways. The first is an effect created by placing or arranging different things of different colours next to each other. The second is mostly viewed in terms of the difference created between the lightest and the darkest parts of something, for example, like painting, photograph, or television image. The first has to do with the placing objects of different colours at strategic locations within an apartment. For instance, a black chair is placed next to a drawer of probably cream colour, while frames on the wall take colours that are either darker or lighter than the colour of the wall as the case may be. The unique thing about contrasting design is that dull colours are made shape and very interesting to look at. This mean that, even though one psychologically reacts to a colour, he or she does not see the effect of the colour in a negative way; rather, such a colour is virtually tamed and made to be attractive when combined with other colours to achieve an appealing design.
Have you ever been the host of a dinner party and had absolutely no idea how to decorate the table? Maybe you have not, but sure you want to try something new and eye-catching that your guests can compliment you on.
Not all dinner parties have to include a tablecloth but there has to be something protecting your table from greasy stains and falling cutlery. You can either choose to place mats underneath each plate or runners on each side of the table. Your best bet would be the tablecloth or placemats so that guests are not disturbed by the constant moving of the runner.
Choose a color theme that looks appealing to you. If it is not a specific occasion and is just a family dinner on a Sunday, then you can play around with different color ideas. The color of the tablecloth should be different to the color of the serviettes or napkins except the napkin is placed on the plate.
If you are going to put a centerpiece in the middle of the table it then it should be the focal point of the dinner table. On many dinner tables, the food will be placed in the center for everyone to serve themselves. If this is the type of setup you are planning on having then assumes the centrepiece is for another day.
Centrepieces should not cover the face of the person opposite you. It either needs to be higher than the heads of the guests or only 20cm from the surface of the table. It could get uncomfortable for your guests to speak and not see the person's face that they are speaking to.
Only have the necessary amount of plates and cutlery set on the table. Without, the dish requires the person to use a specific utensil, rather have only one knife, one fork and one spoon.
Two glasses per person is enough for what they may drink for the evening. Usually a wine glass and a tumbler are placed for each person in case they want to drink juice as well as wine.
Decorative plastic under plates can be placed underneath the dinner plate to add to the décor colors. White plates are common as are white tablecloths so these decorative plates could bring a fresh colorful appearance to the dinner table.
Do not overdo the dinner table decoration with too many candles or clutter. Modern furniture such as dining sets are stylish and decorative in their own right so you do not want to crow these dinner tables with too many flowers, candles or overall decoration. Keep it simple, clean and elegant.
Source by Meghna Lalloo