Archive | March, 2011

Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

31 Mar

Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

Bahu designed by Vicken Vanlian all in ebony and lacquered black wood, decorated by special pieces of diamonds.

Bahu designed by Vicken Vanlian all in ebony and lacquered black wood, decorated by special pieces of diamonds.

 

by Vick Vanlian

by Vick Vanlian

 

High centre table designed by Vicken Vanlian with artistic hand painted top with small pieces of diamonds

High centre table designed by Vicken Vanlian with artistic hand painted top with small pieces of diamonds

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Choose the right colors by vick Vanlian!

30 Mar

Choose the right colors by vick Vanlian!

Vick Vanlian

Vick Vanlian

It’s the best design tool there is – a splash of color here, a splash of color there.  Want a quick budget makeover for any room – paint it another color!  Want to change the feel of a room – change the color of the accessories.  But how do we pick the right color for the room?  How do we make the bedroom a calm, serene haven and the dining room a lively place to have your meal?

You need to take a look at color psychology and meaning.  Through the years we have assigned meanings to different colors based on their traditional uses.  Analyzing the symbolic meaning of colors will give you some valuable insight on how to choose the right color for the right place and help you in every aspect of interior decorating, from choosing a paint color to redecorating your home on a budget.

Whites and Neutrals

Whites and neutrals tend to project purity, cleanliness, and neutrality. Notice that most hospitals have white walls, brides wear white gowns and a white picket fence surrounds a safe and happy home.   Whites tend to:

  • Add to your mental clarity
  • Encourage us to clear clutter or obstacles
  • Purify or clears thoughts or actions
  • Evoke a feeling of fresh beginnings

Yellows

What is the first thing you think of that’s yellow?  The sun, of course.  Yellow is powerful color that suggests warmth, richness and happiness.  Yellows in the right doses can:

  • make you feel happy
  • give you more energy
  • cause people to become angry quicker

Yellows can have a magical effect on a room, but with the power of this color, using too much or having it too bright can cause problems.

Reds

Even more powerful than yellows are the reds, its is one of the most powerful colors you can use  We associate red with love, valentines, danger, desire, speed, strength, and even stop signs. It is considered the first color that is recognized by human eye and this color:

  • Promotes alertness 
  • Increases vitality
  • Increases strength
  • Stimulates conversation

Ideas for the use of red include dining rooms, and a dash of red as an accent can spice up other rooms as well.

Greens

Greens are a fresh color to use in almost any room, and is one of most-often cited favorite colors.  It represents nature, environment, health, good luck, youth and fertility.  Greens represent:

  • A healing force
  • A rejuvenation;
  • Nature and growth.

You can use greens almost anywhere, anytime for anything – in the right shades, of course.

Blues

Blue is considered a universal color.  It represents peace, tranquility, stability, trust, confidence, security, loyalty, sky, water, cold, technology, and even depression.  Blue can 

  • slow the pulse rate
  • lower body temperature
  • reduce appetite.

Blue is universal familiar color, and is comforting.  It’s known for its calming affect and should be used in any room you would like to promote tranquility and peace, like a bedroom.

Browns 

The color brown represents earth and steadiness.  But the first thing I think of with brown is chocolate, of course, which symbolizes smoothness and luxury.  Brown tends to make us feel:

  • Luxurious
  • Elegant
  • Comforted
  • Earthy
  • Wiser
  • Stronger

If you need a touch of sophistication in a room, brown may be just what you need.

Colors are going to play a major role in your life and color choices throughout your home are going to influence your mood, so be emotional about your color choices.

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Wonderful chairs by Envy Interiors!

29 Mar

Wonderful chairs by Envy Interiors!

Wonderful chairs by Envy Interiors!

Wonderful chairs by Envy Interiors!

Wonderful chairs by Envy Interiors!

Wonderful chairs by Envy Interiors!

Interior Decorating

IN the rudest attempts to provide homes we find evidence of a desire to decorate them.
In early examples ornament usually springs out of constructive methods; others are merely surface additions, but either symbolical or purely decorative (as in the curved forms and interlacings).
However, practically in every style of ornament that we can study we find in the early types some reminiscences of constructural details.
Thus the Egyptian column (like that of Chaldea) is a tree trunk, or a bundle of reeds, ornamented with flowers; their dado, though carved in stone or painted on stucco, is the representation of a reed mat, of wattle looped together with flowering water plants.
In Greek marble buildings we discover the ends of the long-discarded timber joists peeping out below the beautifully proportioned, carefully carved entablature; consoles and brackets belong to the log era.
Heavy Brahminical stone buildings, even the cave temples, retain features that are peculiar to timber practice.
In the same way most of the early surface ornamentation is symbolical, though springing from familiar objects turned to decorative ends.
Egyptian architecture and ornament may be classed as entirely symbolical, for there was a meaning in the pylons and obelisks, the hybrid animal forms, the lotus, papyrus, palm, and other botanical motifs.
Greek ornament, though in its primitive types symbolical, was not so in the main; nor was it in the Roman, though embracing many symbols.
Early Christian art was essentially symbolical. Churches were cruciform or circular. Ornament, when not cruciform, was a little more recondite – circular, triangular, trilobed or represented fish, ships, lambs, peacocks, doves and pelicans, eagles, winged bulls and lions, and many other things.
Even colour has its devotional and ritual significance.

Although this side of the problem is not fundamentally important to good design, it is imperative that ornament should be appropriate to that which it is to embellish and all its surroundings.
So that selection, both as to quality and quantity, the latter involving questions of balance and general design, is necessary.
We shall easily understand this if we consider the objects we have in view.
We will let one who was not unsuccessful in his profession speak.
Sir William Chambers says: “Ornaments are to be chosen or rejected according to the associations which exist between their adoption and the effects which they are calculated to produce on the mind.
When we aim at an effect of grandeur and stability, but few ornaments are admissible, because many subdivisions of the detail, which is the case where decoration is unsparingly used, destroy the ideas of strength, as, in fact, they weaken, or appear to weaken, the parts whereon they are employed.
Hence, according to its destination, ornament and variety therein must be more or less introduced into the work, always bearing in mind that excess and overloading, when ornament is profuse, distract and fatigue the eye and tend to destroy the effect of the best-arranged design.”
Thus we see that, quite apart from the question of symbolism, tradition cannot be ignored.
As Sir Frank Warner well said: “The question of styles is an all- important one, and will probably remain so as long as the world lasts.
Archaeology is, therefore, of vital necessity to all who are engaged in the trades of building, decoration, and furniture,” and, he might have added, to all those who wish to appreciate past efforts and enjoy intelligently the works of the present.

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Royalty by Galerie Vanlian!

28 Mar

Royalty by Galerie Vanlian!

By Galerie Vanlian!

By Galerie Vanlian!

 

By Galerie Vanlian!

By Galerie Vanlian!

 

Express Your True Nature with Earthy Green

Ripe Avocado Green

 

Blocks of vivid avocado green brighten this sun-drenched dining room, creating a welcoming spot for meals. Natural light brings out the warmer tones from the yellow end of the green spectrum found in this cheerful color choice. Wide swaths of white trim keep the green color pure and potent.

Your color personality: Loyal and involved

Mellow Jade Green

Walls and ceiling bathed in luscious jade green blend this lakeside retreat’s living room into the natural surroundings outside its ample windows. Green has the easygoing ability to mingle with all colors of the spectrum, which makes it a perfect choice as background for a room with colorful furnishings as seen here.

Your color personality: Balanced and reassuring

Charming Apple Green

Vibrant toile in an unexpected combo of apple green and red covers beds, coverlets, and draperies to set the color palette for this charming bedroom. As the color of hope and renewal, green is the perfect choice for an invigorating private retreat such as a bedroom. Additional accents in green and complementary red along with crisp white trim keep the vivid toile from overpowering the space.

Your color personality: Serene and precise

Pure Celery Green

Green-painted walls visually expand the small dimensions of this updated cottage-style living room. Fabrics in bold-green-and-white prints transform classic furniture styles into pieces with modern flair while white slipcovers and accents add cottage freshness to the simple color scheme. Small pops of orange punctuate the room with panache.

Your color personality: Self-possessed and fair

Fresh Pistachio Green

Green is the ideal color for an open-plan house because multiple tones blend easily. These pistachio-green kitchen cabinets are visible from most rooms of the main floor, yet they bathe the room in color without overwhelming adjacent spaces. Vertical taupe-painted paneling provides continuity. Cornflower-blue plate racks mix with the fresh green color to exude a joyful mood.

Your color personality: Principled and open-minded

Neutral Celadon Green

Soft green paint creates a natural, neutral background like a quiet meadow in this open-plan condo. Rich brown upholstery unifies an assortment of hand-me-down furnishings and reinforces the natural mood. The neutrality of greens and browns allows a plethora of patterns and colors to mix freely in the open space.

Your color personality: Stable and visionary

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Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

25 Mar

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

 

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

 

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

 

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

 

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

Sculptures by Envy Interiors!

 

Small Space Solutions

Keep It White and Light

 

Bathing your room in white creates a similar illusion of boundary-defying expansiveness. White walls, draperies, furniture, accessories, and rug in this petite living room allow the eye to roam freely over surfaces, stopping only at points of contrast–the dark-framed mirrors, the pair of dark chairs, and the coffee table. These dark accents anchor the space without constricting it. The white surfaces also bounce light around the room, increasing the sense of spaciousness. A large window that borrows outdoor views enhances the roomy feeling.

Maximize Light and Views

A bank of windows instantly enlarges a small room because your eye moves beyond the wall to the outdoor view and embraces it as part of your living space. Even if you have only one window, take advantage of this liberating effect by leaving the window bare or, for privacy, installing simple shades or blinds that can be pulled out of the way during the day. Choose blinds the same color as the walls so they’ll blend into the background — white or ivory works best for increasing the feeling of space

Add Mirrors

Prop a large framed mirror against a wall to create the illusion of greater depth in a room. Even small mirrors expand the sense of space by reflecting views and light, but an oversize mirror like this one has a dramatic effect because it reflects a large chunk of the room.

Take the Eye High

Increase the apparent height of the room with vertical lines that lead the eye from floor to ceiling. A seemingly higher ceiling adds breathing space, particularly if the walls are also painted a soft, receding color. Here, simple draperies fall from the painted valance, which is mounted at ceiling height to create the longest possible line. The painting over the mantel also takes the eye upward, reinforcing the effect. (Note that the painting also does its part in pushing the walls outward–a landscape with a strong illusion of depth acts like a window onto an outdoor space.)

Make Space Work Harder

Built-ins that serve multiple functions make small spaces live larger. Here a built-in bookcase defines a seating nook with storage cabinets below the bench. Wall-mount lamps illuminate the nook for nighttime reading or conversation. This unit is custom-built, but a handy do-it-yourselfer could replicate the idea by using standard cabinets for the base of the bookcase on each side of the seating nook and building shelves from 5/8-inch plywood. The long shelf above the seating nook should be anchored to the wall and ceiling as well as the side bookcases. Instead of built-in seating, use a loveseat, and stash baskets underneath for out-of-sight storage.

Mirror Power

Double the apparent size of a small bathroom with a seamless wall-to-wall mirror at one end. With no frame to define the mirror’s edges, the illusion of greater depth is nearly perfect. The heavy-duty glass countertop also opens the bathroom: Because you can see through it to the wall and floor, the room feels bigger.

Use Every Inch

Squeeze more function into the slimmest of spaces with custom-designed cabinetry. In this narrow powder room, a cabinet just wide enough to accommodate a small bar sink provides elegant display space and storage.

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Wonderful living rooms by Galerie Vanlian!

25 Mar

Wonderful living rooms by Galerie Vanlian!

Wonderful living rooms by Galerie Vanlian!

Wonderful living rooms by Galerie Vanlian!

 

Wonderful living rooms by Galerie Vanlian!

Wonderful living rooms by Galerie Vanlian!

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My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

24 Mar

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

 

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

 

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

My Diamond Collection by Vick Vanlian!

 

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