Making Your Kitchen Into A Living Space Not that long ago, the kitchen was simply the place where food was prepared. Of course, this has not changed in the twenty-first century. But because it is the twenty-first century, we expect more from it. Now, we're not suggesting anyone goes that far, but as the top interior designers in Los Angeles, we are seeing a greater number of requests for kitchens which combine a living area too. Sometimes, this may be achieved by building work, an extension, or by the removal of a party wall...
However, there are plenty of times when it is simpler to do a remodeling job, and our modern interior designers can show you how to take back the living area in your current kitchen. The first thing any interior design firm is going to say about transforming your kitchen into a living space, is, it is all about the lighting. And, as the best interior designers in Los Angeles, At A Glance Décor knows a thing about lighting your kitchen for any occasion. The main thing is that, there is as much choice as possible. There is no such thing as too much light – you can always turn some of it off, after all. What our modern interior designers will make sure is that there will be no dark corners or black spots in the kitchen...[Read More]
Spanish Themes In Contemporary Home Interior Design The use of Spanish themes in contemporary home interior design is enduringly popular and never more so than in Californian homes. Like everything, there is a sliding scale to base your design around. Whether you want to utilize just one or two elements into your house design or go the whole hog and transform everything, is up to you. If you choose to stray towards Mexican influences or stay with a traditional Spanish look is also up to you. Naturally, the two may be mixed with ease.
Then there is the difference between old style traditional Spanish interior design and the more modern, contemporary look. As contemporary home interior design experts in California, we of course see both and although perhaps the more modernist looks are the ones which are the most popular in general. However, it is your home, your style and your look. Our designers are creative as well as professional and love the chance to get their teeth stuck into something a bit different...[Read More]
Country Club Charm With A Modern Finish But if wood is not the look for this particular watering hole, we can do epic things with polished glass, chrome and other metal surfaces. Also, the lighting should be gentle and undemanding. For your function rooms- including ones with a bar – you may be looking to let the light in during the daytime hours, as these rooms will be used at noon and other sunny times. Wherever possible, our modern interior designers will harness the power of the sun, especially where there are windows or doors that exit to a patio.
We will be looking for little touches of elegance to add something to, for example, a plain silk drape. Maybe it will be just a simple soft curtain tie, or rich looking velvet cushion covers, but we find small dots of texture around a fresh and natural color scheme that can work wonders to the overall feel of it. There are many ways that our residential interior designers in Los Angeles can transform your fragrant daytime wedding suite into a beautiful bar and dining area. This space also needs to work as a sophisticated and well lit bar room or dining room by night...[Read More]
Give Your Bedroom The Japanese Twist – By Top Interior Designers In Los Angeles Natural lighting is important in Japanese style design. Here, our designers main aim will not to be to block or shade the window overly, but simply to allow the light to flood in. We do know that often this will not be practical, particularly for a bedroom and especially maybe one which overlooks a busy street. To help with the privacy considerations that our top interior designers in Los Angeles are experienced in, they may suggest shutters. This will still maintain a Japanese themed effect throughout the room but also allow for privacy. Another option might be some kind of bamboo shade. Many Roman shades are made from bamboo and these straight away add a Japanese element to any room – even one that isn't trying to achieve it! One thing is for sure – our designers will be trying to maximize the natural lighting as much as possible inside your Japanese styled bedroom.
Bonsai trees are traditionally Japanese but bringing the natural inside your Japanese themed bedroom could be as simple as a vase of flowers. But you might want to choose the bouquet carefully – the Japanese do not traditionally go a bundle on large floral arrangements and instead prefer the simplicity of one or two flowers, usually with green around them. In fact, you could swap the cut flowers for an orchid plant or perhaps a small palm in a plant pot. A bonsai tree makes a great addition to any bedroom, Japanese themed or not, but we don't have to stop there. Nature is important within Japanese culture and that means celebrating it inside the home. Bamboo could work both as a beautiful arrangement and an acknowledgement of the outdoor world...[Read More]
Spring Interiors By Top Home Designers In Los Angeles Spring has well and truly sprung. If you haven't already shaken your home out of the clutches of winter, now is the time to do it! With the top home designers in Los Angeles on standby to tell you how to do it, here are At A Glance Décor's tips to freshen your home this spring. Sometimes, the arrival of the spring months can be showed off by something as simple as some greenery dotted around your home. Of course, houseplants don't get thrown out in the winter, but they may hibernate. If you haven't already given them a helping hand, clear away any dead foliage and replant anything that looks like it needs it. Houseplants don't have to stage a triffid-like invasion into your home if you don't want them to, they could be simple bursts of green that are easy to maintain. We especially like climbing plants of all persuasions, and think these make a low-key splash of color into even the barest of apartments...
Even if you don't want a full-on kitchen makeover, you still may want to ring the changes for the upcoming season. Suggestions for bringing the natural touch of spring into your kitchen may include changing the work surfaces for some beautiful wood tiles. These add a calming effect and a natural feel into the modern kitchen, which could otherwise be a rather clinical place! No kitchen would be complete without an array of houseplants or living herbs, perhaps along the windowsill. The kitchen is the ideal spot to showcase the seasonal joys of spring, but in a practical manner. The coriander and parsley maybe used in cooking. Decorative plants do not have to end with herbs for cooking. There are also the stunning pepper plants and other small scale pot plants to add a fusion of color and spice into your indoor kitchen garden. Shade wise, we are beginning to see a return of color into the kitchen area, which is a welcome one to us as home designers in Los Angeles. For a few years, everything in the kitchen went a little bit like an avalanche – a total white out...[Read More]
Shutters Or Blinds? Our Residential Interior Designer Advises You If you are blind to the difference between shutters and blinds, then our residential interior designer will be able demonstrate them when you arrange for our design team to visit your home. But for just a rough idea, we have compiled a few pointers about blinds versus shades, to help you decide which may work out the best for you, your home and your style. Often, but not always, homeowners who pick one – be it either blinds or shutters, will tend to keep this theme for the whole of their property. But not always. Sometimes, an individual room may lend itself better to the stylistic effects of one over the other and therefore, you may want a combination of both in your home.
Generally speaking, blinds will work out more affordable than shutters, so if cost is a consideration, then people will tend to choose them. The principal difference between blinds and shutters are that blinds may be actually raised completely, as well as opened and closed. Shutters may be tilted open, but they don't come up and down. Although, they may open or close also. Although both shutters and blinds are made to measure and will be designed especially for your individual window, shutters are the more permanent option. So, we would advise you to think carefully before making your choice!There are lots of reasons to choose shutters over blinds. They are classy, they are elegant, they are timeless. They can bring a cool, understated style to any room, regardless of the era or design of the building. They work equally well in a period art deco building, as they do an ultra-modern apartment that was built yesterday...[Read More]