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Choosing the right relax chair

The very first thing to consider is if there’s room for it. These types of chairs are often bigger than regular dining chairs, for example. In some cases, especially for small apartments, it’s not recommended fulfilling the room disregarding free spaces to move and breathe. Consider at least 80x80cm (32×32”) for the chair but also minimum double that size (half each side), in order to place it with comfortably.

Then, it’s time to choose its design. Pay attention to call you interior design style, so, if your place is traditionally styled in Victorian or classical, you shouldn’t put an ultra-modern one since older styles are pretty full of ornaments and decorated details whose don’t communicate between straight clean lines, with high contrast colors. Doing such a combination, you probably confuse users and make them anxious, and that’s not what your intention by the way.

A wide overview of the types, armchairs can be:

 Club chair:

club chair, traditional and comfortable

It’s a very traditional since its composed by the proper armrests and usually have a tall backrest. Lately, it’s been quite trending with short backrests giving a modern look and a minimal aesthetics for the piece.

Knoll’s model, versions of the club chair are very popular.

Wing Chair:

A variation of the club, with the proper “added” wings or a stretched backrest, its design comes very pictorial and demands even more room to comprehend its visual and conceptual weight. This version has its ups and down, but I can say that in the latest years it has been also trending.

you can even fall asleep and your head won’t fall 😉

Bergère:

Famous classical model, also known as Louis XV, has a heavy presence and, in order to make it fit, requires plenty of free space, making its strength worse. It will be fine in stylish and call for a strong personality, so not recommended to everyone.

nice classical restyle from bluemarine.

Tub Chair:

Low backrest, curved retro. It’s very useful and easy to compound together whenever placed in the middle of a room, so the curved back doesn’t necessarily configure a plane or virtualize it. The cons are they might contrast too much in straightly lined places and it has its ups and downs if you’re concerned about the trend and interior fashion.

Interesting, but be careful! keep it minimal…

Slipper Chair:

If I had to choose a model for a contemporary home, I’d pick it. Seems to be the most often used by interior designers nowadays, but not the only, of course. It’s very common in a slightly lower height, so it gives a different proportion to the whole room.

nice one, but the cushion.

Chaise Longue:

Instead, you have a huge empty room to place it well, I’d keep far from this. They are really beautiful as single pieces, but inside a “normal” context, together with sofa, shelves, and cabinets, it comes too much and makes your room seem messed up.

Flexform’s beautiful chaise longue

Recliners:

Maybe the most comfortable, but their aesthetics are very very hard to gather with modern or conceptual spaces. In order to soften its visual strength, a nice hint is to play around with its fabrics or leather, trying to find a harmonic combination with its background, just don’t make it contrast, they are not sophisticated, elegant or beautiful.

Really?

If I can advise you by which model should you use, I wouldn’t be right, because each room should be designed in spite of their conditions and their owner’s intentions and budget. But a nice tip would pick a model with thin legs wooden or in metal: they can make the room much lighter by simply making more floor visible.

New week! Let’s work!!!

Monday, yeah! How do you feel? Enthusiastic, motivated, happy?

No? I guess you should! Plenty full week ahead and everything can happen, depending on you! Okay, I might understand a bit of your anxiety BEFORE going to work, because yesterday was Sunday and you were out in a park, on a beach or doing whatever you felt like, even nothing.

Your bed should be better than your office, but… Come on!!!!

The good news to you, my dear reader, is if you’re feeling like unmotivated to resume your routine, dealing with bosses, clients, phones, and e-mail: stay cool, it’s not your fault! Several times a huge issue about your willingness to get back to work is your workplace.

It’s not that your office is uncomfortable, ugly or a mess. It might even be, although I’m not able to evaluate such a thing now. There are places where productivity and motivation simply don’t seem to collaborate, even if seriously necessary. But what makes an office attractive, in the sense to motivate, inspire and produce?

Aseptic workplace? Cute, but come on… Robots allowed only? Humans: to the cube!

Well, this is not a simple question, I mean, there’s no such rule for that. It depends on the type of work is done and the team and their interests. But there is a bunch of photos on Pinterest that might catch your style visually.

In order to improve your workplace, I suggest following these simple steps:

  • Light it up: one of the most important factors, low levels of illumination cause fatigue and stress. High levels of contrast (between a monitor and the desk) stress your pupils, by going from a bright environment to a dark one in a couple of seconds, several times a day. And that can make you tired, headache, or other serious health injuries. The ideal workplace maintains a good level of luminosity without being too bright. If possible, I very recommend some sunlight too, yes it can heat up, but you can get some vitamin D without supplements (really!)
  • Ergonomics: the correct posture to make you comfortable without making efforts on the back, shoulder, arms, wrists, and hands. Try reclined chair, find the best position, put a foot rest on the floor. The average table height should be around 76 cm but depends on the work you do and your height.
  • Clean it: the stuff you use should have a place to put, a drawer, cabinet, folders or organizer. Maintain your desktop minimal above all before going home, so tomorrow you’ll arrive in a brand-new desk. It’s something like a brand new plain paper, which you can do whatever you want because it’s clean, plain. Like your Sundays!
  • Temperature: if your room is mixed men-women, this is a problem, at least for the minority, sorry! 😉 By the way, to resolve this issue you might invest in a new layout for the office, considering HVAC spots position, and then it might be possible to find your harmony.
  • Acoustics: plain walls reflect sound. As you might know, the speed of sound is much slower than light, so if the room is wide every sound emitted there, then reflected on the walls, once they get onto somebody’s ear, with the fraction of a second makes a NOISE. Echoes over noises and the audio chaos. Chaos stresses, blocks and make you unproductive. Solutions are a good headphone, refractive walls, floor and ceiling, vegetation, etc.
  • Colors: for every color, there is a mood, a brain function or association. Choosing the right color might get you up! But the most important, even more than the proper color: The combination! Contrasts and hues might be useful in some cases, but also can disturb and get you anxious, unquiet and uncomfortable. Harmony is everything!
  • Air: the freshness of the air you breathe influences your productivity and quality of your work. Check the air conditioning filters inspection, open the windows if possible, and don’t, just don’t smoke there, ever!
  • Bring some green: plants can do much more than you think. They can change the color hue, refract sound, and other technical benefits. Not so far, they make us remember that we are not machines, but the same as they are: nature, bio, life. Be sure to keep them cool and water them periodically depending on their needs.
Skylight and sunlight, plants and wood: very natural habitat to spend half-lifetime.
A little messy but absolutely cozy: warm hue, human scale and interesting. Not adapted for long periods working on the benches or sofas.
The green wall can be very interesting, but it wouldn’t be possible to maintain homogeneous like that due to the solar incidence. After all, the maintenance could be onerous. Maybe artificial vegetation should be a solution, what a shame!

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Valentine’s interior DIY ideas

Looking for decor ideas for this Valentine’s? Instead of going out and spending time and money on expensive restaurants, cinema an so on, I’d like to show you some nice ideas to decorate your own home for this night and inspire you to have a romantic evening with your partner. I’m sure it will be unforgettable!

3D heart DIY made with cardboard, scissors and glue. Very simple!

3D heart model in cardboard! Soooo romantic!

Very simple 3D heart model made with cardboard. You can make it with whatever color you feel like, but I think the most appropriate colours would be red, pink or lilac. But you might choose it on your own. With the template below, which is very intuitive (cut it out on solid lines, fold it on dashed ones and glue the paired numbers together). I made myself three of them, together with a cardboard frame and hung on the wall for a certain period. Okay, I did it together with my partner… 🙂

My hint for this is: print the templates in A4 format, normal plain paper. Then glue it (outside the drawing) on a cardboard. Then, with a ballpoint pen and a ruler, draw over the dashed lines with a good pressure (in order to engrave the cardboard). So then, with the scissors, cut the original solid lines. After that, with the ruler and a plastic pointer, engrave again the folding lines. In order to make a perfect folding, make a pre-fold over all the lines on both ways (up and down). Finally, come folding and gluing together from the middle to the borders (start on the number 4, then 12, 2-11, 16, 15-10, and so on…)

Christmas Lights! Subtle diffuse lighting (it’s the new candle lights)

After delightful wines or liquor, it’s time to recycle and reuse the bottles, as well as the Christmas lights for the rest of the year. Setting up a beautiful Valentine’s table for dinner with this lighting, there’s no crush resistance! :p

Rearrange the bedroom (if possible)

You might try to rearrange the bedroom, changing the armchair position, the bed position, adding a different rug… Or maybe the lighting bottles on the bedside. Every single change for a long-life couple counts.

I know that might be more challenging than the other ideas, and I make myself available to make a restyling of the bedroom, if you want to make a deeper intervention. But that is a talk for after the Valentine’s, maybe you can convince him/ her to make up a new interior design for your home… 😉

Keep tuned for further ideas!