HOME DESIGN LAB
By Sandra Kaplanovic (Interior Design Critic)
Hi everybody, I’ve got some space in this awesome “Awesome” newspaper. I love interior design and here I’ll help you to make your life easy and your home comfortable and beautiful.
I am from Montenegro. My idea of happiness is the ability to be creative, to enjoy nature, beautiful spaces and the love of my family and friends. There is nothing better after busy day in the city than to come home and see a beautiful open space with all the things you love .
Your apartment is the place where you are saving energy for next day. As we all know the biggest problem in NYC is living space. I will give you some very helpful advice and tips on how to make your small apartment seem spacious.
If you want to breathe in your apartment try this:
1. Put the biggest piece of furniture near the largest wall in the room.
2. Always choose open pieces of furniture.
Armchairs and tables with legs are a good choice,
but the ones with fabric over the legs are not.
Never choose sofas and armchairs with big armrests and back.
3. Take out the things you don’t need.
Everything you remove means more space.
4. Put mirrors and glass everywhere you can.
5. Never use dark curtains. This would make the space appear smaller.
6. Choose light and pastel colors for your walls.
7. Tidy up your apartment frequently.
Use bright colors for furniture and walls also. It’s very import ant that the color of the sofa and of the carpet be the same. Do not paint the walls in too many colors- it will shrink your space.
The ceiling must be white!
*Use your space very wisely:
Install open shelves. Try to hide small things so you can’t see them. Add casters to your furniture so you can move it around and sometimes rearrange some pieces of furniture.
Avoid heavy and huge pieces of furniture. Find some low furniture which is a good trick from Japanese culture.
These are the basic information. Every space is different and we all have different taste, so I presented you the rules of interior design and now it’s up to you and your creativity to see how you are going to arrange everything to feel comfortable in your apartment.
At this web site: www.resourcefurniture.com you will find the best furniture for small apartments like “space savers”, sofa/wall beds, space saving tables, storage and a lot more. This furniture is designed and made in Italy by CLEI.
Their store is also located here in NY at 969 3rd Avenue and 58th Street, 4th Floor, where you can go and choose the perfect color, material and pieces of furniture you need for your apartment.
SLEEP WELL – WORK WELL
By Sandra Kaplanovic (Interior Design Critic)
You are a student and you don’t have the chance to have your own room? Don’t plan a suicide as it may not be as bad as it seems.
To begin with the proper choice of roommates is crucial for comfortable living in such conditions. Searching for roommate online brings a lot of uncertainty and different types of people with various living standards. If you already have a roommate with whom you are satisfied I’ll give you some design tips that will make your student life bearable. The most important thing is that the room is large enough to be able to put the needed furniture – times two. Adequate sunlight is a prerequisite for a solid physical condition, good vision, concentration and memory. White walls will enhance the effect of light through reflective property of the white coloring. Overall, the most important area is where you actively study. Using colors like red, yellow and especially orange as the most active color in nature and very desirable, but only in the details, not the full wall, otherwise a counter-effect can occur. These colors are proven to increase circulation and make your senses alive which is very desirable for studying.
“Sunlight is essential for health and spirit”
Working desks (if space permits, the most ideal situation is to be two of them) should be in position that the natural light illuminates the work surface from the front or left side for right-handers or right side for left-handers. A desk in front of the window is a good solution but can also be a disadvantage if the view is at something that constantly distracting you.
Also, a good bed is a prerequisite for quality sleep and consequently better concentration and memory during the day. If space permits at least one sofa should be placed for everyday use.
If you don’t live with your ”other half”,very often you’ll want some privacy and some of your personal-micro-space. Of course we cannot speak about these personal microcosms, but for sure you can be visually separated from your ”neighbor” with a curtain. Also, you can do this between desks to visually reduce the surrounding air space which will increase your concentration. These details will enrich your living space, but do not overdo it because they are also ideal dust collectors. Also, wall shelves are welcome, but only as functional elements and not as decorative details.
However, for a pleasant student life the most important thing is relationships – tolerance, understanding of the needs of those around you with respect. A benevolent and harmonious state of mind can greatly enhance the ”air” where we live and therefore the living space – beauty is within us, not just around us!