April 2018

We always feel very connected to our homes but before now this connection has never been scientifically quantified. Whenever we think about our homes, it should fill us with a sense of happiness and security. After all, it’s much more than just bricks and mortar – it’s our haven from the outside world. It’s the place where life moments happen, families grow, and memories are made. Without meaning to sound too sentimental, is there a real physiologically reaction that really...

If you’re lucky enough to have a spiral staircase in your home, there are lots of exciting ways to make it stand out and become a real statement of your décor. They are both practical and space-saving, and the architectural design is thought to date back several thousands of years. A spiral staircase rises around a central axis so that every few steps will turn up to 360 degrees. Such staircases are classified according to the material they are made from,...

Interior design does not only apply to where you live but is also an important concept for public buildings, corporations and any commercial settings. Commercial design can turn a dull space into an exciting and inviting one, follow a certain theme or branding and have a significantly positive impact. Good design often goes unnoticed but can subconsciously have a beneficial effect on those who spend time there, whether employees or public visitors. A commercial space could include areas like offices, restaurants,...

When you’re planning to decorate your home, you will probably consider elements such as colour and texture, space and function but will you consider shape? Shapes are a big part of interior design but how often do we consider the shape of objects that we like? Shapes in furniture and decoration have changed greatly over hundreds of years, not just in the way we furnish our homes but also in architecture. The chosen shape of buildings and furniture is indicative...

Where would we be without lighting? It is one of life’s great necessities, but it wasn’t always this way and used to be quite a luxury. It all started some 400,000 years BC when humans first discovered we could light fires. However it happened, whether by accident or clever observation, most human development has stemmed from that discovery. It’s quite a journey from the first flames man ever made to the stunning crystal chandelier designs we see today. Man’s first lighting...

While most of us crave larger living spaces, having a home with tons of space can bring its own disadvantages. Large, open areas can leave us feeling exposed and even vulnerable, affecting our sleep and make our homes feel colder than they should. Here are some ideas to help make a large space feel much more comfortable and cosy: For homes with very high ceilings, feelings of cold and hearing echoes can make a room feel less inviting than you want...

When thinking about Italian art, most of us tend to imagine the great names of Renaissance Italy – da Vinci, Michelangelo, Boticelli, Donatello, Titian and Raphael. While these artists were responsible for some of the world’s most awe-inspiring and beautiful artworks, they by no means represent the end of Italian art as something that happened that a long time ago. There are many examples of a continuous flow of creativity, design and style to emanate from the country, from the...

You might be surprised at how important the correct lighting installation for buildings really is. Have you ever heard of architectural lighting design? It’s a combination of different fields including electrical engineering, interior design and architecture. Whilst it isn’t necessary to be an expert in any of these fields when it comes to choosing your perfect lighting installation, it is still a fascinating subject to shed light on – pardon the pun! Architectural lighting design is the process of creating the...

Choosing the right style of chandelier for your home is a big decision. It’s a light fitting that will make a big impact and statement about your décor and style. Whether you want to add vintage glamour or a contemporary twist on a classic, there are various different attention-grabbing styles to consider. Chandeliers have been lighting up ceilings for centuries, fascinating, inspiring and bewitching beholders with their intricate beauty and reflective qualities. Here are some of the styles that are...

There are some places that you just wouldn’t imagine hanging a chandelier. When you hear the word, it conjures up images of French palaces and huge ballrooms, but probably not your bathroom! You might be surprised however, as we look at the myriad of possibilities when it comes to chandelier placement. So, you’re looking for a statement lighting fixture but don’t want to install something that seems over-powering or that will dominate a space? It is important to understand that in...