In this detailed article, you'll be learning information regarding Windows and Dressing Your Windows. Windows are a transitional element. They function as “architecture” in that they are a real integral part of the walls. At the same time, they control the admittance of light similar to how a door controls the admittance of a person. Window treatments also act as “accessories” to a space in a big format. This happens because windows can dress up a room in the form of draperies in different designs, lambrequins, cornices, blinds, and shades. They all factor into the ultimate ambiance that you want to achieve.

Sometimes it's necessary to change the appearance of the proportion of one or more windows so they will coincide better with the room and its' design. These are things that I call “sleigh-of-hand.” I do this by making a window look wider or taller than it actually is. This is one of the creative aspects to examine. It helps you to modify the shape the form and proportion of the windows as they refer to the architectural presentation.

Lighting is always a very big topic. The look of the space and also the emotional aspects can be promoted when using lighting to our advantage. Unfortunately in the real world, a person can immediately destroy the look of an entire room with a simple flick of a switch. Therefore, lighting is a very powerful tool for increasing the level of ambiance when handled properly.

Many houses are casually to carefully planned and designed. Then the homeowners move in. Much more often than you realize, there's not a lot of consideration put into lighting the variety of spaces! Once the owners live in the space, they quickly realize the lack of planning in regards to lighting. They decide to add more fixtures or “cans” in various places, but the lighting still does not work correctly! This happens because people do not realize that it's the lightbulb that does the work, not the fixture that holds the bulb. A bulb is interchangeably referred to as a “lamp” in the lighting industry. Additionally, with every bulb, or “lamp,” there are different photometrics. They include, for example, the beam spread, intensity, color rendering properties, and color temperatures.

These different aspects of photometrics and color rendering properties explain why the same piece of carpet or fabric can look different in the store compared to when it's in your home. That's because color is how you light it. In addition, the color has to be in the source of the light. What happens is the different colors of and in the light source will be either absorbed or reflected. The reflected color is what you see with your eye. Color is not inherent in any object. If you change the source of the lighting, you will automatically change the color appearance of the object you are looking at. Take for instance an MR-16 light bulb. It's a small, mirror-faced, “color balanced” bulb that is often used in jewelry stores. Why? Because jewelers need to make those diamonds look phenomenal! When a light beam passes through a diamond, it separates into its' relative color bands. We see this in brilliant rainbows. Think for a moment of the variety of colors in a color wheel.

The direction of lighting along with how it hits a piece of artwork or sculpture is very important to how you consider them. These are deciding factors as to whether or not you'll be able to fully enjoy your pieces of art.

The zoning of lighting is also a very helpful concept. It provides the ability to further evoke and enhance different looks and moods, which change through the different times of the day.

Color is always an interesting topic! In addition, we're dealing with pattern and texture in our environment. These have huge implications. Each one needs to be handled correctly, since they're all interrelated.

Many trends and fads circulate in the color world. However, I truly need to concentrate on you as an individual. Color trends and fads come and go. Many people get “snared” by them. Soon everyone's jumping on the same bandwagon, and your interior ends up looking very much like your neighbors interior, because that's what's supposed to be “hot” right now. That is NO way to approach interior design! You are a unique individual. Therefore, you should be treated like a unique individual with a unique solution to your own personal environment. You would not take your special dress that's made exclusively for you and get alterations done and use measurements of what an average women has for their height, waistline, torso length, shoulder width, etc. Nor would any man request that a suit be tailored using the exact measurements of another individual.

Our next topic is Textural Orchestration. Texture is the greatest modifier of formality or informality, as well as everything in between. Texture is the one element in interior design and decoration that is so often ignored, overlooked, and underutilized! Most people think of color and pattern. That can be nice to a degree, but the majority of people are tactile people. We enjoy feeling and touching things!

The textural orchestration, or the variety of texture … orchestrated just right, brings strength and richness to the simplest of interiors. Even with a monochromatic color scheme, texture is incredibly important and can deliver rich and satisfying results.

Ambiance is about the intangible aspects of an interior. Therefore, we are after the “Magic of Ambiance!”