Posts Tagged ‘Design’
Chandeliers are a great way to add drama, interest, and something extra special to a room. In this post, we’ve rounded up a few of our favorite beautiful chandeliers. There’s something for just about every style, so be sure to let us know which is your favorite in a comment at the end. Enjoy!
See the image at Cool Tone
This ultra cool, interesting black chandelier is the perfect addition for a Scandinavian designed room or modern home. We love that it looks just as beautiful with or without lights!
See the image at Pinterest
This turquoise chandelier is a beach house must-have. We love that it not only provides light, but also acts as a central decor piece for the room even without the lights turned on. We suggest using coral or red as an accent color to really make it pop!
See the image at The Photo Graphix
This incredibly romantic chandelier would be beautiful in a master bedroom or dining area. The sharp contrast between the white walls and clear crystals with the black iron draws our eye to the chandelier immediately.
See the image at Pinspire
This shell chandelier is GORGEOUS. It’s incredibly feminine and would be the perfect addition to a front foyer. It’s soft, subtle, but eye-catching all at the same time.
See the image at Island Child
Last but not least, this sea shell chandelier would be adorable in a powder room or beach home. The white wash would go well with wicker furniture and allows you to go wild with color in other areas of the room.
Which is your favorite? Comment below to let us know!
You’ve probably heard the term feng shui before; maybe it makes you think of bamboo or yin and yang. But do you really know what the concept of feng shui room design means? We’re here to help you out.
Feng shui is an ancient Chinese theory that believes the balance and energy of a space directly influence the health, wealth, and luck of the people within that space. Proponents of feng shui know that it can be a powerful design tool – it’s as much about the structure of a home as it is the objects within it. A feng shui designer will map the energy and balance of a home using a bagua map – an octagonal map that helps you identify how the different areas of the room are affecting one’s lifestyle.
One of the most important elements in good feng shui design is the energy flow to the front door. It’s important not to block the energy flow coming into the front door, and to choose a good front door color (depending which direction your door faces, red is a good one!). Once you enter the door, the front entrance is the first touch point for good feng shui within the home. Here, you need to focus on things such as the alignment of the staircase, the careful placement of mirrors, and creating a good landing space for the energy coming in through the front door (through accessories like a side table, a lamp, or a rug).
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We’re one of the first to admit our addiction to Pinterest (check out our boards here), and loved how clean and fluid the layout has been since it first launched. The ability to comment on pins without having to click them first was great, because it allowed users to scroll through pages of pins and like, pin, and repin away without having to lose their spot and go back. We also loved the look of a user’s account and how all the boards seemed to flow seamlessly side-by-side. The new Pinterest layout has changed some of the things we loved most, but we’re getting used to it – and here’s why you should too.
1. Larger Images
The new Pinterest layout allows for larger images with less border, so you get more out of each and every image. We like this especially for horizontal images, because they were simply too small in past versions to really make out the subject. Yes, they’re still a little small for our liking, but it’s a step in the right direction.
2. Hover Effect Pin It Button
When you hover over an image, the “Pin It” and “Like” buttons pop up. They go away the second you leave the image. We love this because it lets us see more of what we’re there for in the first place – images! Plus, we like that the use of the hover pin is more consistent with the pin-it gadget a lot of people are using on their own web pages. Consistent branding makes us happy!
3. Larger Single Image View
When you click an image, you get a whole new layout. The image is larger, there’s a clear “Website” link that allows you to go directly to wherever the pin came from, you can preview other pins by the same pinner, scroll through a large preview of similar pins by the same pinner, and have four sharing options – Facebook, Twitter, Email, and Embed.
As far as main page commenting goes, the option is gone. However, you can always click on an image and leave a comment at the bottom. For us, this is just fine because the majority of people don’t actually leave comments on Pinterest – the main actions are generally repin (obviously) and/or like. If you do want to leave a comment, you can, so we’ll get over the minor layout change where that’s concerned.
What do you think of the new Pinterest layout? Do you prefer the old layout or the new? Let us know in a comment below!
You may have already heard, but emerald is the color of 2013. Here at QC Design School, we’re pretty excited to start seeing this bright, fresh color more often. Although green is often considered a calming, earthy tone, emerald is vibrant enough to stand out…especially in your home decor. Have you figured out how to add this gorgeous trend to your own space? Browse through the following photos for some great, emerald green ideas!
Are you incorporating emerald in your designs this year? Are you waiting to see if this trend is here to stay? Let us know on our Facebook page!
The green against white in this dining room set works so well together. In fact, we’ve been seeing this color combination all over the design blogs, and we love how it makes the green pop! A simple chair is a great place to try out a new trend, because it can be easily and inexpensively repainted if you get tired of this bold color. The cleverest aspect of this design is the touch of tree branch on the backs of the white chairs. It’s a great way to bring back the earthy element to the green, but in a super modern way.
This example is certainly more permanent than the last – wallpaper is notoriously difficult to remove, although many of the newer varieties are getting easier. Although this might not be the best place to try out a new trend, we have to admit that we love it anyway. The print is so delicate that it’s not overwhelming; it would look great as an accent wall to a home office.
Emerald + chevron = perfection. This design would actually be very simple to create on your own, with some good quality painter’s tape and a ruler. You could have some extra fun with this design by adding some funky drawer knobs.
We can only imagine how beautifully the light would play off this emerald glass and crystal chandelier. Often people think that with a classic piece like a chandelier or furniture, you have to choose classic, neutral colors. But choosing a bold shade can add so much more drama and interest to a room. It’s oh so elegant, and very fun.
Are you bold enough to go green all over? Surely we’ll start seeing some green walls this year. Since green is said to evoke feelings of wealth, luxury, and imagination, it might not be such a bad idea to surround yourself with this hue. This particular design even brings the color up to the ceiling! While it may not be for everyone, we’re loving the way the glossy finish of this paint brings such brightness to the room.