Aesthetic refers to the appearance of something, particularly in relation to its beauty. It is a term that predominantly refers to visual elements and can also be used as a noun to describe criteria by which an artistic movement or artist is defined, such as the postmodern aesthetic.
Everyone have had a go at interior decoration sometime in their life. And although aesthetic is somewhat inherent in the majority of people not always they are aware of certain facts that may have a tremendous impact in their design.
The problem with interior design is that if you don’t have the right visual tools to be able to see your design before it is built there is only one way to find out whether it works or not and that is by doing it and see it, by that time is too late to rectify.
Here below I provide you with five decoration tips that may be very useful and that I have tried previously and work.
1. Plants is life
Plants in a hall, lobby or terrace are essential. It is advisable to use more luscious green plants than flowers because they are more resistant and need less care. It is advisable to select original plants, less common samples, as an alternative to the very common Poto or Ficus. It also works very well to place large, elongated glass vases with three long green branches in different spaces of the house because they provide a good visual point of reference and when place strategically can provide us with the best result.
2. Over doing it
Sometime we are tempted to use every furniture or decoration piece that we own and the area where it is normally placed is on the entrance or the terrace of a house. Belief me, you will always obtain a superior visual impact if you put three good decoration pieces such as a nice old bench, a modern sculpture placed by a wall with green branches on a chest of drawers with a couple of good books and that is it.
3. Light is colour
If you can direct natural light towards the elements that you want to highlight, for example, the sculpture, the plants mentioned on the previous paragraph. If it is not possible you can use artificial lighting, avoiding the cold light bulbs so that it does not spoil the colours of the pieces. Medium or warm light is best. Avoid using anything but led lights fittings, halogens are no longer necessary and have gone out of use due to its poor energy efficiency. Three points of light may be sufficient to illuminate what you want. The objects can be illuminated by downlights with just sufficient power to allow to see the colour of the objects but not more. If lots of reflections are obtained from the object that we tend to illuminate too much light is being used. The rest of the room is always better to illuminate using reflected light, allow the light rays to illuminates the wall and by reflection allow it to spread through the room.
4. Reflect and gain depth
Always try to put a mirror in a strategic place because it gives a sense of breadth and depth. Before placing it on the floor, we would hang it on the wall with customized frames however, it is more spectacular to obtain a large mirror, and place it on the floor, by tilting it we can control the best possible reflection.
5. Natural materials versus artificial
Here in Spain the price of natural stones is less than in the UK and I sincerely belief that a stone floor both for exterior and interior it is always far superior visually to artificial tiles. Having said that since a few years ago the fabrication of new tiles made from selected crush stones and vitrified at very high temperatures have made a place in the building market. I have been challenged to detect a real stone and one that has been produced in a factory at simple sight and I have fail every time. So do take a look at the new emerging materials, you will be surprised.
And always remember...
Use those material that make you feel comfortable. Do not follow fashions in decoration as you will see it everywhere and after a while you will get fed up. You have to look for the timeless spaces and what you know will not tire you. Suddenly you may like a very fashionable fabric use it for example on the cushions but not on the sofas or the wall because it will not take long to get tired of it and it is easier to change a cushion than a wall. The house must be functional and adapted to the way of life of its users.