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ABC's of Architectural Decor Design-O for Open Floor Plan

In the early 20th century, closed off spaces became popular for many reasons mostly having to do with practicality more than design preference. With some the reasons for the closed off distinct space being eliminated, the open floor plan began to creep into residential design. It began to build in popularity in the 1950s with designs by Frank Lloyd Wright. You could say it is at it's height of popularity today. But is it for you?

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ABC's of Architectural Decor Design-N for Neutral

If you look up synonyms for the world neutral it might surprise you what you find. Under synonyms for neutral you find such words as: -uncommitted -undecided -boring -easy    -dispassionate  Some think that's the same for neutral color schemes in design. Neutral colors are often thought of drab or bland. But does it have to be that way? Can a neutral color scheme be innovating, appealing, and even exciting?  Neutral colors are the staple of interior design. Some would argue that that is a lazy man's way out or perhaps going cheap, but let's discuss what can be accomplished when utilizing a neutral color scheme.  First-the bold or exciting choices you make in your architectural design elements will stand out...

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The ABC's of Architectural Decor Design-M for Mood

 There is more and more evidence that architectural design has an effect on our moods. There are some very interesting articles out there about how design effects our brains which in turn effects our thoughts and feelings. From the effects of urban living to the furniture we choose, we are affected by our space and environment either for the good or the bad. That is why creating the right environment that creates the right mood is so important. 

 

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ABC's of Architectural Decor-L for Lifestyle

So it is safe to say that lifestyle plays a huge role in our choices in living space and home design. Some designs are needs and others are just additions that cater to our likes, hobbies, and pleasures.  From having to create a handicapped accessible bathroom to finally getting that Home Theater Room, our lifestyle does influence our home

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ABC's of Architectural Decor Design-K for Kainotophobia

The one constant in our lives is change. Nothing stays the same. Life is a constant evolution of energies, emotions, circumstances, and challenges. Some people thrive on the constant moving pieces of life. Others adjust, but slowly. Still others become paralyzed by the thought of change. There is a word for that. Kainotophobia. The fear of change. This fear can be a serious problem when it comes to decorating or designing our home or work space. Fear is often times disguised as procrastination. Fear of change can also stem from fearing the dreaded decorating mistake or buyers remorse. With so many choices one can be afraid to open the wrong door so to speak. They are afraid of a decorating nightmare...

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