The Intriguing Match of Interior Design and the Silver Screen

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Have any of you been awed by the sight of the throne room in the television series Game of Thrones? Or what about the dark, chilling, claustrophobia-causing spaces in the Alien movie franchise? Every movie or TV show has a different feel, and it is up to the set designers to contribute to this. But set designers aren’t picked up from the streets. They have to be masters of their craft. A lot of them have backgrounds rooted in architecture and interior design.

 

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Designers can change an empty sound stage into the most futuristic bridge of a space ship that people have ever seen. They can transform an ordinary garden into the court of royalty. With simply the addition of certain colors, an ordinary apartment can be turned into the den of a serial killer.

Let’s take a look at the ultra-popular TV sitcoms Friends and Seinfeld. Ever notice how homey the interiors of their places looked? For Friends, Monica’s apartment seemed warm even in the coldest nights. Jerry Seinfeld’s apartment was simple and relatable enough for every struggling viewer.

On a much larger scale, the sets of the The Lord of the Rings, Star Wars, and Harry Potter truly captured the essence of another world inhabited by creatures people only dreamed of.

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A huge part of why we believe all of this is the set design, and the space in which all the characters inhabit.

Scott Jay Abraham here. I’m an industrial designer from San Francisco, California, who loves traveling. I also love walking my dog Shadow. Follow me on Twitter for more of my adventures.

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Decorating Tips To Make Your Old Home Feel New

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Interior design isn’t just about creating a home design by following the latest trends. It’s about what you really love and what suits your home. This is especially true if you have an older home.

Here’s what you can do to touch-up your old home and bring out its best features.

Celebrate stained glass

If you’re lucky have beautiful stained glass windows, paint your walls white to let them act as art and color.

Use in-window shade

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One characteristic of older homes that’s really unique is its vintage trim. In-window shades, as opposed to hanging drapes, are an excellent way to leave vintage window trim exposed.

Use drapery to conceal awkward windows

Older homes often have unusual window placings. A full wall of drapery is a perfect solution for this. It subtly cleans up the look of the room without blocking the light altogether.

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Combine vintage and trendy designs

Using vintage set pieces in a living room, combined with a large flat screen TV, a computer and a plush sofa is a good combination that will give your home a unique character.

Hi there, my name’s Scott Jay Abraham. I’m an industrial interior designer from San Francisco, California. If you like more tips about interior design, visit my blog.

Back to Basics: The Key Elements of Interior Design

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Interior design refers to how the elements of a room are chosen, arranged, and put together in a visually pleasing manner. Of course, there are professionals in this field to help you make decisions, but here are a few principles of interior design you could use for personal projects:

Scale and proportion

Scale denotes the size of the furniture or object in relation to the room. For example, a big couch should be placed in a spacious room rather than a small one to match its scale. Proportion on the other hand is the size of any element in relation to the other objects beside it.

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Balance

When the visual weight of objects inside a room is evenly distributed, the room’s overall look is easier on the eyes. Balance is the result of this weight distribution and it has three types: symmetrical, asymmetrical, and radial.

Harmony and rhythm

Harmony in design means that all elements have something in common. An easy way to achieve harmony is by matching colors, patterns, or prints. Rhythm is all about creating visual patterns using movement and can also be achieved by repeating the same color or pattern in different parts of the room.

Negative space

Simplicity is beauty. You don’t have to fill every available space with an object or a piece of furniture. There is beauty in empty space that helps create a balanced and unified design.

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Focal point

The focal point in a room is considered as its highlight; for example, a large television in the living room or an ornate chandelier in the dining room. This is usually the first thing a person notices when he enters a room so you have to make sure that the other elements compliment your focal point.

Hi, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer specializing in home and office designs. Follow me on Facebook for more design tips and other related topics.

Hotels, Inns, and Resorts with “The Look”: An Interior Designer’s Travel Wishlist

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As an interior designer-slash-gadabout, I’m not ashamed to say that I sometimes pick my destinations and accommodations based on how they look, all other things being equal – I get my inspiration from some of the hotels I’ve stayed in. These hotels and inns don’t necessarily have to be high-end digs with designer sheets and expensive furniture (though I like those too), however, as long as they’re well-designed or unique, like the ones on my travel wishlist below.

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The luxe
I’m sure most of us imagine living the high life once in a while, and if I had my druthers and the bank account to match, I’d check in at the One&Only Reethi Rath in Maldives, which has beautiful private villas right on top of the water, decked out with a combination of furniture made out of natural materials and only the most modern amenities, or the Hotel Canaletto in Venice, with its palatial rooms with marble floors, chandeliers, grandiose draperies, and stunning views of the Venetian canals.

The hip
Whitepod Eco-Luxury Hotel in Switzerland has gorgeous geodesic-shaped pods are eco-conscious, high-tech, lovely in white canvas during the winter and in green, to fit with the verdant Swiss summers, and of course, hip because environmental responsibility is tops in my book.

For more metropolitan cool, there’s the Wanderlust Hotel in Singapore. This boutique hotel has a variety of playfully designed rooms in whimsical, Pantone, and monotone themes that are just a sight to behold.

The traditional
For a taste of local culture, I like the idea of staying in heritage hotels or inns such as Clove Hall Residence and 23 Lovelane Hotel, both in Penang, Malaysia, and the various ryokan in Japan (especially the ones with onsen, like the Tawaraya Ryokan in Kyoto. These beautifully preserved inns give travelers a glimpse of design traditions and culture of the country.

The wacky
Fans of The Beatles and whimsical architecture will also get a kick out of the Yellow Submarine hotel in Liverpool that is in a boat decorated with psychedelic coloring and mod-inspired accessories like gold records and a scooter.

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The multithemed Winvian Farm in Connecticut has some rather unusual cottages like a treehouse, a beaver dam-inspired lodge, and one with a fully-restored 1968 coast guard helicopter, all wonderfully detailed to capture the intended themes.
These are just a few names off the very long list of impeccably designed hotels I want to stay in if I had a chance. I hope I get to visit all of them some day!

Hey there, I’m Scott Jay Abraham, an interior designer with an incurable case of wanderlust and an endless travel bucket list that you can find in my blog.