Insights Into Interior Design Designing In Style. Part Ii Traditional – Jacobean And Victorian

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Interior design has always been impacted by fashion trends – both historically and in the modern day. In this article series, “Designing in Style,” I explore the meaning of style for interior designers.
I draw on my experience working alongside many of London’s best-known interior design teams. This second article in my series introduces traditional/period design, with a focus on the Jacobean and Victorian styles.

Traditional design uses materials that reflect the wealth and opulence of historic times. London Interior Designers will often take the best of the features that were available back then and skilfully combine them with elements that are available today. Traditional/period interior design projects tend to focus on elegance, with a look and feel that is comfortable, rich and sumptuous, although sometimes also a little fragile.

The Jacobean theme is popular in London mansions and other residences that have a real sense of history. The Jacobean style focuses on heavy wooden features, with dark-stained oak often used to create panels for walls and floorboards. Oak is also often used for the furniture, and the overall interior design feel is that of robustness, with pleasantly-proportioned pieces to fill the available space. Tapestries are also an important part of the Jacobean look. However, many interior designers recognise that tapestries can be impractical nowadays, and one approach often used by London’s best-known consultancies is to recreate the tapestry appearance on modern upholstered furniture or curtains.

One caveat with Jacobean interior designs is that the style does need plenty of natural light, because otherwise the darker wood stains can seem uninspired. This can be problematic in smaller London residences, but is generally not an issue with more luxurious mansions that often feature huge south-facing windows and substantial grounds.

The Victorian interior design style, by contrast, is considered a more staid approach. Interior designers often focus on small rounded tables, often covered entirely in cloth, and fat, heavily-buttoned chesterfield settees. So much of London became urbanised in Victorian times that the style also came to include nature as a theme for textiles, serving as a counterpoint to accelerating industrialisation. Consequently, Victorian interior design schemes often feature floral elements and birds on both walls and furnishings.

In the next article in my “Designing in Style” interior design series, I will focus on a third and final period style that is particularly important for London residences – the Georgian style.
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Royalty And History Colour-focused Residential Interior Design

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Many top London interior designers have played active roles in what has been called the “true-to-history” colour movement in recent years. In this article I will explain what this means through examples from a few different colour categories that are often used in interior designs.

Greens are linked with organic vegetables, good health, and foliage. The ancient UK May Day celebration has historically focused on a May King, who is dressed in late spring garlands of finely-wreathed sprouting green vegetables. The May Queen wears a dress of beautiful white, symbolising vitality, virtue and clarity. In Ancient Egypt, green was used to request fertile soils and good harvests from the gods. Green has strong links with nature, and for interior designers this can be a wonderful colour to use in London flats; green-themed interior designs can take the mind away from the bustle of London’s grey city streets and evoke images of rain-swept countryside landscapes.

The word “yellow” comes from the Old English geolu or geolo, which in turn relates to the Dutch geel, meaning gold. Historically yellow has been associated with joyful sunshine and gleeful celebration. Interior design consultancies and colour professionals will often rely on yellow in interior designs for London residences to banish the dreary gloom of winter rain and autumnal fog.

Blue is historically linked with images of Mary, the mother of Jesus. In origin, the word is Middle English, but also has links with the Old French “bleu” and is ultimately of Germanic origin. London Interior Designers will rely on sky blue to evoke feelings of serenity, peace and relaxation.

Finally, royal purple has obvious associations with aristocracy, monarchy and rich celebrations. Because it has such profound associations, it is only really appropriate in London interior designs for opulent mansions or extravagantly luxurious penthouse residences.

In summary, colour is not just about the visual and the immediate, but also focuses on symbolic associations that cross space and time. Many of London’s top interior designers and colour consultants will take these subtle meanings into account when creating the perfect design for a client’s dream home.
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Flat roof repair

When the roofs at Britvic Soft Drinks’ distribution centre in Norwich began to fail, a quick high performance waterproofing and repair system was necessary. Britvic turned to Acrypol, the UK’s leading manufacturer of cold applied acrylic polymer waterproof solutions and coating.

Britvic needed to repair both roofs, as they were suffering from deterioration, including holes causing water ingress to roofing joints. They didn’t want to replace the roofs and were looking for a less costly substitute. It was also critical that the distribution centre stayed operational throughout the repair process to check productivity would not be compromised.

Thanks to a comprehensive repair system supplied by Acrypol, comprising System 15 and Metal-Kote, the two roofs with a combined size of 3,759m2 now look and perform as good as new – at just a fraction of the cost of replacement. For this to be achieved, the specification of Acrypol’s System 15 and Metal-Kote proved ideal with effortless installation processes, both cold-applied over existing surfaces, causing minimum interruption to the business.

As it is appropriate for a eclectic range of applications, Metal-Kote, was specified to allow waterproofing and repairs to the metal surfaces. Metal-Kote was applied straight on to the surface after an thorough pre-application cleaning process of the roofing surfaces, including gutters and joints. It provides a 100% watertight seal that also prevents any existing rust from spreading.

1,725m2 of Metal-Kote was spray-applied to the profiled sheet metal roofing. With one application, it has dramatically enhanced and reinvigorated the tired metal roof, returning Britvic’s roof to its former glory, without the cost or trouble of a roof replacement.

System 15, which comes with Acrypol’s 15 year guarantee, was specified to deliver an unrivalled waterproofing integrity whilst offering convenience, safety and long-term performance. Taking a fraction of the time and cost of other refurbishment and replacement systems, 2,034m2 of the economical, yet highly trustworthy, acrylic waterproofing system was applied to the existing rooftop, roofing joints and 380 linear metres of guttering.

Following the application of Acrypol’s comprehensive roofing repair system, phase one in Britvic distribution centre’s renovation programme is now concluded. Starting from the top the employees of one of Europe’s biggest suppliers will have a workplace that is of the highest standard.

Energy Efficiency Is The Only Way To Reduce Fuel Bills

With an average energy bill set to climb to 1406 in 2009 (from 676 in 2005), the Government has given a commitment to help consumers improve household energy efficiency and permanently bring down energy bills.

As the nation waits for confirmation of where Government support will be given, many organisations are offering advice and guidance into where and how families can make changes that will cut their household energy costs.

Figures from the Energy Savings Trust suggest that if everyone undertook a number of simple measures including: Fitting energy saving light bulbs, double glazed windows, installing a condensing boiler, cavity wall and loft insulation and jackets for hot water tanks, UK households could reduce energy bills by over 270 a year and save over 1.9bn in fuel costs*.

Paul Kellett, Technical Director at Anglian Home Improvements, an Energy Savings Trust recommended supplier said: It is increasingly becoming apparent that current fuel price increases are set to have dramatic effects on many peoples household bills.

But making energy efficient changes, ahead of the winter months, could lead to savings of thousands of pound on future fuel bills – as well as adding to a houses value. If people are considering making improvements we would urge them to look at the most energy efficient options.

Installing double glazing for example, cuts heat lost through windows by half. At Anglian we fit B-rated energy saving double glazing as standard, which offers potential savings of over 110 per year per household.

Further estimations on savings to be gained from implementing energy efficiency measures in the home include*:
Around a third of all the heat lost in an un-insulated home is lost through the walls. Fitting cavity wall insulation could save up to 120 on an annual fuel bill
Insulating an uninsulated loft can save around 155 a year If everyone in the UK topped up their loft insulation to 270mm, around 560m would be saved each year. That’s enough money to pay the annual fuel bills of around 530,000 families.
An ultra efficient condensing boiler will be 20% more efficient and could save up to 130 on heating bills.
Fitting an insulating jacket to the hot water cylinder could save around 30 per year
Setting hot water cylinder thermostats to 60C/140F could save up to 10 over the year
Using low energy light bulbs to save 10 on electricity bills each year.
By installing draught proofing you could save around 25 a year on your heating bills

Financial help may be available if you’re planning to make energy saving improvements to your home

*Figures are from www.energysavingstrust.org.uk

Choosing A Kitchen Worktop

The kitchen is one of the most important rooms in the home, being a functional space where culinary masterpieces are created and having another use as a social space for entertaining or interaction.

Choosing the right kitchen to reflect your cooking requirements and the style of your property is vital, as the kitchen is a room where you are likely to spend a lot of time in and can add considerable value to your property.

As well as choosing paint colours, units, sinks and accessories, perhaps the most pressing ingredient to consider when designing your new kitchen is worktops. Depending on your cooking and entertaining balance, it is better to choose a worktop that can fulfil your requirements, whilst looking stylish in your kitchen.

Stone kitchen worktops are perhaps the hardest wearing of all work surfaces and as such are favoured by avid cooking fans. Popular stone includes granite, marble, slate and quartz. Such materials can give a high shine, expensive look to any well-designed kitchen. In addition to an opulent feel, stone worktops are durable, hard wearing and water resistant – the most well known of these being granite worktops. Hampshire residents to Leicestershire inhabitants can easily obtain stone worktops as they are widely available across the UK from bespoke suppliers to DIY stores.

For an industrial look, in a modern apartment or architect designed property, stainless steel work surfaces can provide a professional and bright theme – think stark white combined with a metallic and glass finish. Water resistant and incredibly durable, stainless steel worktops are favoured by professional chefs – do be sure to use a chopping board however, as they can be easily scratched.

Those who enjoy a more rustic country kitsch theme, will perhaps appreciate the natural beauty of wood worktops. With its anti bacterial properties and large range of colours and types of wood, such worktops are popular in large family kitchens. To prevent drying out, it is prudent to proof work surfaces annually – protecting against damage from spills.

Insights Into Interior Design Designing In Style. Part Ii Traditional – Jacobean And Victorian

Global Interior Design Consultancy Company in London, UK for interior design services.
Interior design has always been impacted by fashion trends – both historically and in the modern day. In this article series, “Designing in Style,” I explore the meaning of style for interior designers.
I draw on my experience working alongside many of London’s best-known interior design teams. This second article in my series introduces traditional/period design, with a focus on the Jacobean and Victorian styles.

Traditional design uses materials that reflect the wealth and opulence of historic times. London Interior Designers will often take the best of the features that were available back then and skilfully combine them with elements that are available today. Traditional/period interior design projects tend to focus on elegance, with a look and feel that is comfortable, rich and sumptuous, although sometimes also a little fragile.

The Jacobean theme is popular in London mansions and other residences that have a real sense of history. The Jacobean style focuses on heavy wooden features, with dark-stained oak often used to create panels for walls and floorboards. Oak is also often used for the furniture, and the overall interior design feel is that of robustness, with pleasantly-proportioned pieces to fill the available space. Tapestries are also an important part of the Jacobean look. However, many interior designers recognise that tapestries can be impractical nowadays, and one approach often used by London’s best-known consultancies is to recreate the tapestry appearance on modern upholstered furniture or curtains.

One caveat with Jacobean interior designs is that the style does need plenty of natural light, because otherwise the darker wood stains can seem uninspired. This can be problematic in smaller London residences, but is generally not an issue with more luxurious mansions that often feature huge south-facing windows and substantial grounds.

The Victorian interior design style, by contrast, is considered a more staid approach. Interior designers often focus on small rounded tables, often covered entirely in cloth, and fat, heavily-buttoned chesterfield settees. So much of London became urbanised in Victorian times that the style also came to include nature as a theme for textiles, serving as a counterpoint to accelerating industrialisation. Consequently, Victorian interior design schemes often feature floral elements and birds on both walls and furnishings.

In the next article in my “Designing in Style” interior design series, I will focus on a third and final period style that is particularly important for London residences – the Georgian style.
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Achieving Greater Business Energy Efficiency

A recent article by the American Council for an Energy-Efficient Economy listed 10 programs that spurred organisations and customers to save energy. The findings acutely show that behavioural programs can be especially effective.

Improving energy efficiency is an important topic on the timetable of most organisations these days. The benefits are numerous, from lowering carbon footprint to the most outstanding of all cutting down on costs with energy. So million dollar question is: How to enhance business energy efficiency?

There are many ways to do so but this is not quite what I want to talk about in this column. I wont be propounding you change all the lights in your company to LED lights, even though that is one the most cost effective ways to enhance your business’ energy efficiency.

In this item I’d like to contest what is more effective consumer education or infrastructure updates. One could say that by combining both you could achieve greater results but that you will have to adjudge once you have finished reading this article.

Purchaser education has proven to be an effective way to better energy efficiency of households and businesses alike. When combined with programs that apply social science to energy conservation it can incite individuals to reduce consumption and make choices that will enable their companies to save as well.

Such programmes are an attractive way to reduce energy consumption since they have low initial cost and require little change to existing business processes / lifestyles.

However, simply relying on consumer/employee education might not be adequate. There is a real danger that energy efficiency gains seen from consumer/employee behaviour will go away over time.

That is when infrastructural upgrades come into the picture. Even though they necessitate a greater upfront investment if evaluated properly and done right such upgrades could generate better benefits. The down side is that most of these benefits will only be noticed in the long run.

But there is no better time to start upgrading your business with more energy efficient machinery. With many governments around the globe offering funds to subsidise these changes. For instance here in the UK the Government is creating the Green Investment Bank.

If you are unsure of which route to take in order to save energy. Why not ask for professional help. Hire an energy consultancy or an independent energy broker to inspect your premises and suggest the best and most effective options for you business.

Insights Into Interior Design Designing In Style. Part I Foundations

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Interior design has always been impacted by fashion trends – both historically and in the modern day. In this article series, “Designing in Style,” I explore the meaning of style for interior designers. I draw on my experience working alongside many of London’s best-known interior design teams. This first article in my series outlines some of the basic concepts.

One of the first things to note is that we change our interiors much less frequently than we change our clothing. As a result, it is important for the professional interior designer to not design too “fashionable” a room for fear that it might seem completely outdated next year. Certainly it is possible to keep up with furniture fashions – many of which can be seen in London’s monthly interior design magazines – but the professional interior designer will generally prefer to focus on furniture fashions that can be easily changed. Examples include cushions, table decorations, rugs and bed linens.

London Interior Design trends can be very changeable. For example, in recent decades London saw a movement back towards the traditional. The Georgian-style Adam fireplace has seen a major revival, as have other old-fashioned features. Mouldings are very much in style today, and interior designers will commonly include them – whether in plaster or in wood.

Interestingly, the return of the dado rail (even in some of the smaller London residences) has also seen a re-envisioning of the two-tone wall colour scheme. In keeping with tradition, London interior design professionals will often choose a heavier, darker colour below the dado rail and a lighter colour above.

Fabric coordination is very much in vogue. With the increased availability of bespoke fabric centres in and around London, interior designers will often nowadays choose fabrics that are manufactured to match papers, borders, carpets, ceramics and even porcelain.

Finally, style should always be understood in the context of the available interior design space. No two rooms are identical, and every room has both strong points and weak points. The most experienced interior designers will choose styles that can showcase a room’s strengths while hiding its weaknesses. Examples of weaknesses in a room might include some structural re-engineering made by a previous owner, or perhaps an awkward architectural design fault that cannot be remedied today.

In the next article in this series on how interior designers “design in style,” I will introduce you to two of London’s most timeless design styles – Georg
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Green Deal – The Biggest Energy Efficiency Drive In The Uk

The Green Deal UK aims to reduce CO2 emission and boost energy efficiency in the country. It has great potential to save large amount of money for householders and businesses, as well as to secure energy supplies for the future generation.

In December, 2010, the UK Government introduced the Energy Bill in the Parliament. The bill proposed ‘Green Deal’, that aims to revolutionise the energy efficiency in UK homes and businesses. The most ambitious energy efficiency drive in the UK to date, it enables private firms to offer green improvements to the residents and businesses at no upfront cost, and to recoup payments in instalments on the energy bill. The deal is an attempt by the UK Government to tackle the climate change and secure future energy supplies in the country.

The Green Deal is designed to encourage households and businesses in the UK to retrofit energy saving measures. The government has attempted to create a framework that allows selected private firms to provide energy saving measures to households and businesses without bringing additional costs to them. The policy makers consider it a long-term solution to energy related problems. It is expected to minimise the energy wastage, and help households and business-owners to save money when it comes to boost their energy efficiency. The Green Deal is the biggest ever shake-up in UK energy efficiency history.

Once it comes into force, the Green Deal will allow people to take out loans to improve the energy efficiency of their properties including insulation, heating and lighting. The loans which are to be attached to the property, will be paid back over a fixed period through the savings made on energy bills. As per the estimates, an average house will have 6000 of measures installed, that will be repaid in a time period of more than 25 years. The household will not be required to pay up-front installation cost. Since the repayment will be attached with the electricity meter, the scheme is open to all, without any inspection for credit history and employment status.

Under the Green Deal, people will be provided with financial support to improve the energy efficiency of their properties. Though the deal seems quite beneficial, government will have to take initiative to make it more effective. It’s needed to deliver the policies which encourage the public to take-up Green Deal. Additionally, the financial model must be attractive to the investors, i.e. the default risk should be minimum. In short, the government will have to establish a strong, recognisable Green Deal system that could create confidence and trust, both among potential consumers and service providers. However, the full detail could be available after the launch of Green Deal in 2012.

The Green Deal is open to all, homeowners, tenants, businessmen. If implemented properly, it will surely cut down the CO2 emission, and improve the energy efficiency in the country. If you’re also interested in this deal, and want to opt it, you can register your interest with a reputed company that provides this facility. Using Internet, you can find some reliable websites which help you apply for green deal. Considering your buying criteria, you can choose the best among them, and ensure a reduced energy bill and improved energy efficiency for your premise.

What Is The Home Improvement Loans And How You Can Get These Types Of Loans

If you are an owner of a house, it probably requires frequent repairing, replacement and modifications that usually require a considerable amount of money. The home improvement loans provides you all the solutions related to the home improvement, you can do everything from worn out carpet to remodeling the entire design of your house by using the home improvement loans. So today peoples are willingly taking these loans for renovations of their homes. As it is obvious, the remodeling and modification of the home increases the property value so these loans are only issued to the home owners for specific purposes. The type of modification that usually peoples do with the home improvement loans are repairs, pool installation, room additions and other renovation projects.

These type of loans are unsecured loans that means there is no collateral involved, these loans re typically designed to pay with in short duration of time. However some of the home owners also consider the home equity loans to do the home improvement. The most attractive thing for the home owner is that the equity is not essential things to get the home improvement loans. As compared to the equity loans these types of the loans require minimum time to process and are readily available to the home owners. Additionally there is flexibility in the interest rate and it also depends upon the duration of the loan that you acquired from the lending agency.

The benefits also include the low monthly payment and it requires almost 3 to 5 years long duration of payment. Some considerations are also there because when you apply for the home improvement loans UK, typically peoples didnt consider the tax deduction on their loans that usually increases the amount of the loan.

The approval procedure of the grant for home improvement is typically easy and simple; here are some instructions that will lead you to avail these types of loans. Figure out what kind of work or improvement you need in your home and also consider either the contractor provide you the authority to make an improvement in to your home or not. Determine total amount that is required on the remodeling of your home. After that you are required to gather all your documentation proof and other things that are required for the home improvement loans. Generally the credit history, employment proofs and any other supplementary proofs are required to apply on these types of loans. Review about the interest rate and the repayment terms of the lender, it is always better to think your primary bank if they are providing such kind of loans. Always chose the reliable lender in order to get the authentic loans terms and conditions.