Archive for May, 2014

May 2, 2014 10:00 am

Decor Tips: Creating a Floor Plan

According to QCs tutors and student support specialists, designing a floor plan is considered one of the most challenging aspects of the QC course.  It’s very complex, after all.  Your measurements have to be precise and your plans detailed enough for your tutor (and eventually your clients!) to see what’s going on.

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Here are some of our top tips for building a usable floor plan.

Open Concept or not?

An open concept isn’t always right for everyone.  If you’re working with a busy household, for instance, walls and doors can be your friend!

Choose furniture before choosing layout

Choosing the furniture first based on your client’s personality and style will be less of a hindrance once you’re looking to place it around a room.  Of course, you’ll still want to avoid oversized pieces for smaller spaces, but once you’ve picked your main pieces of furniture, use your floor plan as a blank canvas to meld these pieces into the room.

Don’t let the door hit you… or your furniture!

When designing a floor plan, make sure your measurements are accurate for all doors and windows, and that these will not be obstructed by any furniture or cabinetry that you are placing in the room.  This can be difficult in a 2D floor plan, so if you believe this to be a hindrance, consider building a digital 3D floor plan instead.

Our two favorite free 3D floor plan programs

There aren’t many free programs out there, but a few have caught our eyes over the years. They’re easy to use and require very little graphic skills.  Many programs have a “drag & drop” interface making it extra simple to design your perfect space, whether it’s a single room or an entire floor!

Home Styler is one of my personal favorites because it’s an online program, meaning you don’t need to install anything to your computer. You can easily draw your space in a regular 2D floor plan, and then click the “3D” button to instantly see your creation from top to bottom.  This program has tons of furniture and décor options built into it, but you do not have the option of adding other types of pieces, so you’ll have to be a bit flexible.

If you’re looking to give your client or tutor a good idea of your overall design, with the understanding that some pieces might not look exactly as shown, then this program is a great choice!

This program is more suited to designers who want to decorate an entire floor or home at once.  It works similar to the home styler program above, and is especially useful when it comes to scaling the model up or down.  With several added features it’s a little more complex to use, but for those of you who are tech savvy and up to the challenge, it’s worth a try!

Looking for more information on building a floor plan?

The tutors here at QC Design School are trained professionals in the design industry and are ready to help you achieve your interior decorating dreams! Check out our courses today or request a free brochure to learn more!

May 1, 2014 12:00 am

The Case of the Missing library


Booklovers are facing some new facts of life.

It’s not breaking news, Virginia, but the printed book may well be on the way out, replaced by its oh so efficient e-book cousin.

How do you feel about this transition? Is it inevitable? People who love the feel, the heft and the artistry of the printed book mourn the process. E-book lovers on the other hand, talk disparagingly about, “dead tree books” and explain that all change is in the name of progress.

Will libraries of the future be completely digital? Well, probably yes. Even the most rare editions of antique books can even now be easily viewed free on Google Books.

Yet libraries remain deep in our consciousness as beautiful and satisfying places. Perhaps in the future we will think of them as cathedrals to be visited and enjoyed just like other ancient monuments.

Some of the most beautiful recent paper books are devoted to detailing the loveliest libraries in the world.

In their, “The Library: A World History” author James W P Campbell and architectural photographer Will Pryce spent three years together travelling the world and photographing these monuments to the written word. Their book is a sumptuous love letter to the library.

Jacques Bossier and photographer Guillaume de Laubier pulled no punches with their title. “The Most Beautiful Libraries in the World,” gives the reader magnificent photographs of what the authors consider are the 20 most beautiful libraries in the whole world.

Looking for inspiration when writing? Perhaps you will find it in some of the wonderful interiors shown in these books.