8 Interior Design Elements That Might Bring Bad Luck

The team at Furniture Fitouts are able to create bespoke designs that reflect our clients’ specific tastes and preferences. And while we don’t consider ourselves to be superstitious, there are a few interior design decisions that some people believe bring bad luck. We’ll explore them below. 

  1. Bed-Facing Mirror
    One superstition holds installing a bed-facing mirror is asking for bad luck. Specifically, it’s believed to cause relationship problems by inviting unwanted outside influence. Who knew that something as simple as this could ruin a healthy marriage? 
  2. Broken Items
    When it comes to feng shui, broken items in your house are ill-advised. If an item no longer serves a purpose, then it could be dragging your home’s feng shui Keeping it around will also serve as a constant reminder of its uselessness – leading to persistent negative thoughts. Resist the urge to hoard and boost the positive energy in your house as a result.
  3. Stuffed Animal Heads and Other Dead Things
    There are plenty of people out there who will be pleased to learn that taxidermy is considered unlucky when it comes to interior design. Mounted heads are the height of taxidermy, after all. But we should note that it’s not just the ten-point buck that could be bringing bad luck into your home. Dead, dried flowers and even potpourri also make the list in this regard.
  4. A Black Door
    Another feng shui tradition tells us that the optimal colour of your front door depends upon the direction it faces. However, a black door is ill-advised regardless of what direction it faces. It’s believed that this colour of door invites bad luck into your home.
  5. Television Set in the Bedroom
    There are plenty of reasons to banish your TV from the bedroom – not least the fact that doing so could help you sleep better and help to combat depression. But as it turns out, many interior designers believe that a television set in the bedroom detracts from the overall design. Leave your TV in the living room and dedicate your private sanctuary to sleep and your early morning rituals.
  6. Peafowl Feathers
    Peafowl feathers are gorgeous to behold, and it’s easy to understand why a person might want to brighten their interior with a few plumes from this majestic bird. But the eye-shaped markings on the male (peacock) feathers are said to be harbingers of bad juju. Display at your own risk.
  7. Cacti and Other Thorny Plants
    This is another feng shui belief. Sharp or jagged objects – including thorny plants – are said to introduce bad luck to the house. If you want to attract positive energy into your home, avoid decorative cacti.
  8. Paintings of Shipwrecks

Paintings that capture the greatest peril of nautical times bring a classic glimpse of a bygone age into the home. But they may introduce more than a sense of nostalgia to your interior design scheme. Some people believe paintings depicting shipwrecks are a source of bad luck, and they displaying one in your home is tantamount to asking for your own domestic disaster.

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5 Steps to Achieving a Minimalist’s Approach to Interior Design

A minimalist approach to interior design is all about achieving better aesthetics through simplicity. And while it does involve stripping down the elements of design to their lowest common denominators, it’s important to understand that minimalist design isn’t ascetic in nature. It has nothing to do with denying oneself the pleasure of designing and arranging your interior.

On the contrary, a well-planned minimalist design has everything to do with restraint and revision, so that the subtle flourishes the designer undertakes achieves a more intense effect. Here are five of the steps we go through at Furniture Fitouts to establish minimalist interior design:  

1. Start by Creating Space.
One of the great aspects of minimalist design is its focus on the actual space that you’re working with. You can start this process by de-cluttering the space, which is a therapeutic process in and of itself. But this is only the beginning. You’ll also need to take inventory of the furnishings, fixtures and decorations in the room. Everything that is ultimately arranged in the room needs to have breathing space.  

2. Establish a Base.
Once you have created space and made room for a minimalist design, it’s time to lay the foundation of your new design scheme. Most minimalist designs work mainly in soft, subdued colours that are clean, crisp and fresh – making the restrained use of bolder accents all the more effective. White, beige and soft greys are popular for minimalist design schemes, but this is by no means a requirement. However, concentrating on a single colour will help keep the atmosphere relaxing.  

3.Select Simple Furnishings.
Excess is to be avoided if you’ve embraced a minimalist’s approach to interior design. This means that the furnishings and decorations that you select for the space need to be simple and restrained. Choose pieces with clean lines and a limited, natural colour palette. It’s best when the various articles of furniture look similar to one another, as this creates a sense of flow. There is, however, one exception: the showpiece. More on that in the next section.  

4.Choose Your Showpiece.
We mentioned the restrained use of accents in the point above. One of the most important ways to achieve this effect is by choosing a stand-out piece for the room. This could be an article of furniture or a decoration. The showpiece is your chance to introduce a splash of colour or an unexpected infusion of geometric lines or shapes to the room. However, it’s essential not to overdo it. Limiting yourself to one impactful showpiece will strengthen the room’s design, but taking this too far will dilute the effect.  

5.Make Careful Use of Textures.
Subtle use texture can give a space an almost tactile impression. Stonework, subdued tapestries or a well-placed throw rug could all accomplish this. Just be sure not to go overboard in the texture department, as strong minimalist design definitely favours smooth, surfaces, clean lines and crisp colours. To that end, introduce textures as a subtle form of accent to balance out the room.  

Are you interested in using a minimalist approach for your interior design project? Contact us to arrange a styling consultation with one of our interior designers to discuss your specific needs.

Interior Design Trends of 2017 That You Ought to Know

In the past, trends in interior design used to take a while to become established and then remain popular for several years. However, in this digital world that we live in today, where attention spans are measured in seconds rather than minutes or hours, new trends and styles are coming thick and fast: so fast in fact, that it can be difficult to keep up if you are not careful. Below, we take a look at the trends that are taking a hold in the early part of 2017, with an emphasis on those that we feel will still be de rigueur by the end of the year.

Out with the Old and In with the New

If you have decided that now is the time to renovate or redecorate, the following tips should help to ensure that your new interior décor is in keeping with current trends.

  • Warm, Natural Colours – While cool tones have ruled the roost in recent years, warm, earthy colours are what those in the know are using to decorate their homes in 2017. Instead of white marble kitchen surfaces and walls in pastel colours, think exposed brickwork and terracotta tiles. These colours are not being used as accents as they were in the past, but as the dominant tone in interior design themes for entire rooms and properties.
  • Nooks and Crannies – Open plan spaces used to be all the rage but as people seek an escape from the never ending bombardment of communications they are subjected to from their smartphones, tablets, and computers, small areas into which one can retreat and enjoy a few precious moments of solitude are making a comeback. Don’t panic though, there is no need to engage a team of builders to perform a major remodelling of your property’s interior: you can use houseplants, occasional pieces of furniture and movable screens to create private spaces around your home.
  • Comfortable Furniture – Instead of the utilitarian furnishings that were a hallmark of the minimalist design trend followed by so many in years gone by, people are rediscovering the joys of sumptuous sofas, deep, relaxing armchairs, and other seating that is designed to make chilling out a much easier objective to achieve. Such items of furniture can be placed in the nooks and crannies you create, ensuring that you are always comfortable when retreating from the outside world.
  • Natural Light – In keeping with the trend for creating spaces where one can escape from modern technology and find inner peace, natural light is all important when designing a new interior for 2017. If possible, you should enlarge windows and install mirrors to maximise the diffusion of the sun’s rays throughout your home.

If you would like us to help you furnish your home, please call or email to let us know when would be a convenient time to sit down and discuss your needs and desires. We have a great deal of experience in furnishing properties of all types and would love to help you modernise your apartment or house.

Here Are 5 Interior Design Trends to Watch this Year

Early each year, the team at Furniture Fitouts likes to take a moment to reflect on the latest interior design trends. We pause to consider which trends that were catching on last year are now running full steam ahead. We also explore up-and-coming trends that we expect to see stealing the show in the months to come. Doing so gives us a chance to prepare new approaches and furniture pieces to use in home staging.

And now that we’ve taken a proper inventory of the current interior design trends, we thought we’d share five of the most prominent ones here:

1. Interiors Are Getting Greener.
Eco-friendly design may be all the rage these days, but in this case, ‘going green’ has everything to do with colour and nothing to do with your home’s carbon footprint. The colour green is making an enormous comeback in homes and interiors. This strong colour makes for an eye-catching accent, but ‘restraint’ is the operative word. A little green goes a long way when it comes to interior design.

2. Artisan Furniture Is Growing Even More Popular.
Handcrafted furniture was already on the rise in 2016, and this trend promises to grow even stronger in the coming year. There’s something special about an article of furniture that was made by hand rather than mass-produced in a factory. Handmade items take time and skill to create, and each one has its own little quirks and nuances that make it 100 percent original. Needless to say, artisan crafts will give your interior an authentically artistic atmosphere.

3. Rescued and Refurbished Furnishings Are on the Rise.
In some cases, the so-called ‘rescued’ look is just that – a look. In other words, these furnishings and decorations are made new to look like they’ve seen some wear before being reborn into a new interior design. But for the purist, nothing compares to the thrill of finding a discarded article of furniture, stripping it down and making it new. In either event, the rescued look gives interior warmth, texture and a hint of nostalgia for a bygone age.

4. Marble Keeps Getting Bigger.
Back in 2015, designers began pointing to marble as the next big thing in interior design. Sure enough, this ornate stone took the interior design scene by storm in 2016, and it continues to be a favourite pick for designers. Marble shines in minimalist interiors with neutral colour palettes. We’re also seeing more marble pattern prints for upholstery, pillows and other softer interior design fixtures.

5. Expect More Pattern Prints All Around.
Marble print upholstery is one of many pattern prints that you can expect to see more of in 2017. Tribal prints (such as mud cloth patterns) are already gaining popularity. Tropical prints are also seeing an upsurge – in terms of upholstery, decorations and even wallpaper.

Whether you need to schedule a styling consultation or stage your property for a quick sale, the team at Furniture Fitouts can ensure that you’re making use of the latest trends in interior design. Contact us today to learn more.

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