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Chloe Taylor

Chloe is an art historian and recreational ballet dancer. She is passionate about photography, dance and music. Her biggest dream is to travel the whole world with her husband and take stunning photographs of beautiful places. She also enjoys learning and writing about home design, since she is crazy about aesthetics.

As the place where you spend most of your time, your home should feature a healthy, soothing design. This is your safe haven where you should be able to forget about everyday worries and simply enjoy yourself in an atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity. By creating such an ambience in your home, you’ll be able to invite peacefulness into your everyday life, too. So, when designing your home, you should do it with mindfulness.

Design every room mindfully

Being mindful when designing your home entails implementing carefully picked elements that will support the purpose of each room. Every item you introduce and every design choice you make can affect the general atmosphere in your space. You should aim for a balanced, harmonious look in your home that will fill it with positivity, relaxation and tranquillity. Thus, when furnishing and decorating each room, keep its purpose in mind and try to design it accordingly.

Get clutter under control

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A cluttered home can be overwhelming, making you feel cramped and stifled in your own space. In addition, since clutter collects dust, it can create a stale atmosphere in your home. Decluttering your home, on the other hand, can help you create an open, airy vibe that exudes freshness. You should declutter room by room, getting rid of broken items, unnecessary objects and excessive decorations. Keep your space clutter-free by having a place for each item in your home. In addition, avoid hiding clutter behind closed doors – everything should be clutter-free, from your closet to the kitchen counters.   

Welcome a soothing colour scheme

The psychology of colours can help you create a true atmosphere of peacefulness and serenity in your home. Since different colours can affect your state of mind and evoke certain emotions in you, you should pick those that will help you relax and relieve stress. Soft, muted tones and neutral shades are the perfect choice for a cosy bedroom, tranquil bathroom and warm living room. More vibrant colours can be used for visual interest and energy every now and then, especially in the kitchen, living room or your home office.  

Create an airy atmosphere

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Aside from removing clutter, there are other ways to create an airy, more open atmosphere in your living space. You have to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and ensure that your home has great airflow that will keep humidity at an appropriate level. This will make your home feel fresh and prevent mould from growing and filling your space with a stale smell.
However, you need to install proper systems to create such an atmosphere and make sure that your home has great air quality. In Australia, for example, indoor air pollution is among the top five risks to public health. Therefore, homeowners use both split and ducted air conditioning in Sydney and other parts of the country to ensure better airflow in their homes. After installing an effective AC unit in your home, you also need to have it serviced and maintained properly. Air filters should be changed every three months because they can become covered in dust and mould which are then released into your indoor air.

Clean regularly

Cleaning can be a dreary task, but it’s an essential one for a healthy and happy home. It’s advisable that you clean your home thoroughly at least once a week to create a fresh atmosphere. Dusting, mopping, scrubbing and washing your linens will help you get rid of allergens and toxins. Mattresses and carpets should be professionally cleaned for the best effect. In addition, keep in mind that regular cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals, so make sure to switch to healthy, green alternatives.

Introduce nature into every room

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Indoor plants are not only natural air purifiers that will cleanse your indoor air but also beautiful embellishments that will make your space more enjoyable and comfortable. Houseplants can help you relieve stress and fill your space with a soothing natural vibe. They will also bring an energising splash of green into your space, complementing your home décor perfectly.  What’s even better is the fact that you can introduce them into every room in your home, including the bathroom. There are numerous species that thrive in the bathroom environment, so you can use them to turn your bathroom into a home spa.

Let natural light inside

Natural light will make your space more open and beautiful while also having a positive impact on your mood and health. You should let sunlight permeate your space by removing dark heavy drapes and using light, gauzy ones. Removing any outside obstacles can also help you maximise the amount of natural light in your living space. There are some other tricks that will help you achieve this, including using mirrors and glossy finishes in your home.

A healthy, tranquil home is the one filled with positivity, soothing colours, fresh air and natural embellishments, and these simple tips can help you create such an ambience in your sanctuary.

Right after Halloween, and practically right before Christmas, Thanksgiving is many people’s favorite holiday. It’s the time of the year where people get together with their families to celebrate and appreciate the blessing of the harvest and the year that’s almost behind them.
This time of the year is also well-known for crisp weather, out-of-this-world feasts people prepare for their families and amazing fall decor. That being said, we present you a few Thanksgiving table decor ideas that are sure to wow your guests this Thanksgiving.

Tree bark and moss

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This Thanksgiving create a beautiful centerpiece with a tree bark and some fresh moss. Simply get an interesting-looking piece of tree bark covered in moss, or gently harvest the moss off of another tree. Arrange it in the center of your table by scattering the moss on the piece of tree bark and adding a few branches of so-called Winter King or Cotoneaster, as well as some pretty dry leaves, to give the decoration some dimension and texture. You can even add a couple of Birch bark candles to literally light up the atmosphere. Allow Nature to help you out with this year’s table centerpiece and enjoy it in its full glory.

A new twist on Cornucopia

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For this assembly, you’ll need a big pumpkin, some dry corn on the cob, a big natural wood coaster, chestnuts and walnuts, dry leaves and a small, potted Chrysanthemums. First, carve out the pumpkin and remove the insides. Next, place a potted Mum inside and place the pumpkin on a big, natural wood coaster you’ve previously covered with dry leaves. Finally, arrange corn, walnuts and chestnuts around the pumpkin and enjoy your new stunning, natural centerpiece that will look equally beautiful from all sides.

An element of surprise

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Now, when talking about Thanksgiving decorations, we all automatically envision lots of browns, oranges, reds and yellows. However, you can put a new twist on the color theme by going for a coastal Thanksgiving design. Sounds confusing? Well, instead of the above-mentioned colors, go for blues, grays, whites and beige. Place a burlap table runner at the center of the table, following the longer side. Next, in the middle of the table arrange small white pumpkins, acorns, dry olive tree branches, tiny starfish and various other shells according to your liking. Top it all off by using light blue plates covered with striped, blue and white table napkins and placing a tiny white pumpkin in the middle of every plate.

Simple, yet effective

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Finally, the simplest decor sometimes works best. This year, instead of overcrowding your table with both the decor and various meals, let the meals themselves act as decor and help them out just a bit. First, get a plaid tablecloth in the typical autumn hues. Next, arrange simple white plates and table napkins on top of it. Place a few thick white candles on natural wood coasters throughout the tabletop before you bring the food out. Finally, carefully arrange every meal on a separate – preferably a bit decorative – serving plate and decorate it further with various aromatic herbs such as rosemary, thyme and basil. Not only will this setting look amazing, but it will smell amazing as well.

As you can see, this year for Thanksgiving you can let your imagination run wild and surprise your guests by creating an unconventional – but still very beautiful – centerpiece everyone is sure to remember for many years to come.

Besides, there are no rules regarding what you can and can’t do when festive decorations are concerned, and even if there were, remember that some rules are meant to be broken. So, you do you, because, at the end of the day, expressing your own personal taste is the best way to create a breathtaking decor.

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If you live in an old house and you want to make it safer or simply a bit more modern, you should consider replacing your electrical wiring. Of course, the amount of work you can do depends on many factors, like the accessibility of the walls and attic, the amount of demolition you’re willing to do, and your budget. However, once you finish this project, you’re bound to feel much more comfortable in your home. So, here are five tips that should help you rewire your home.

Do the inventory

Your new electrical system needs to match your needs, which is why you should do an inventory of all the appliances that you plan on using in the house. You should also think about the largest appliances on that list and meeting their demands. This way, your appliances are more likely to run properly and safely. Knowing these details should help you plan the rest of the rewiring process too.

Consult a professional

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Even the smallest mistake in rewiring could lead to a costly disaster later. This is why it’s extremely important to work with a licensed electrician no matter how much you think you know about rewiring. Additionally, there are standards and necessary permits for everything, from the number of outlets you can have to the kind of wire you can use. For this reason, as well, it’s best to have somebody experienced around who can advise you about the materials and planning in general.

Consider the walls

When it comes to rewiring, it’s very important to decide how much you’re willing to “demolish” your walls in order to replace the old wiring. If you’ve just bought your house, it might be easier to make a few new holes for the cables. However, if you’re living in it at the moment and can’t afford to disturb your lifestyle too much, your options might be a bit limited. You might have to leave the walls intact and replace only the wiring in the attic, so make sure to keep that in mind while planning the process.

Drill new holes

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Sometimes, drilling new holes becomes necessary if you cannot reuse the ones you already have. And sometimes, old wiring cannot fit the needs of modern appliances considering all the technology that has become a part of our daily lives. However, when you start drilling new holes, you need to be careful not to damage any already existing wiring or plumbing. This is extremely important, since it’s one of those things that would cost you a lot if you made a mistake. Measure the location of your new hole carefully, and drill a smaller hole first to ensure that you’re not near any wiring. As for the convenience, place the new holes in a way that would reduce the need for any extension cords.

Replace your service equipment

Besides replacing all the wiring in your home, you should also consider replacing your main electrical panel and any other subpanels that you might have. This is important in case you want to add more circuits. It also might be a good idea if your old panel is in bad shape in general, or if it contains fuses instead of circuit breakers. After all, the main panel is the heart of all the wiring, so if you want the system to work the best it possibly could, it should be upgraded as well. Otherwise, the whole system could be limited and more prone to damage.

Rewiring an old house can be difficult, since it’s a job that requires a lot of careful planning, knowledge, and experience. So, in order to avoid any future issues, consult a professional, plan things ahead, think about the structure of your house, and your home should be as good as new in no time.

There is no doubt that Ho Chi Minh City is an appealing destination for tourists thanks to its impressive attractions and savory food. 

To meet the huge demand of travelers, this city also provide a wide range of accommodation. In this article, we would like to introduce to you the most luxurious hotels there.

Let’s see. 

The Reverie Saigon Hotel

Built in 2015, The Reverie Saigon is the first 6-star hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, a member of The Leading Hotels of the World. Designed with the European classic style and luxurious services, the Reverie Saigon ensures to bring guests the most wonderful moment when coming there.

Boasting the location on the top floor of the famous Times Square Building in District 1 with two facades facing Dong Khoi Street and Nguyen Hue Street, the room system is the comfortable space with the magnificent view of the city – the place where you can enjoy both the excitement and tranquility of Saigon. 

The hotel features 286 guest rooms ranging in size from 43 to 313 square meters and 89 full-service residential suites. The hotel offers a wide range of dining selections: Cafe Cardinal with the continental menu by day and distinctly French flavors by night, The Royal Pavilion with traditional Italian dishes, The [email protected] Square and The Deli. 

Take your rest at the Spa and the fitness center at The Reverie Saigon encompassing 1,200 square meters over two floors. The spa area includes ten private treatment rooms, separate men’s & women’s steam and sauna facilities, a beauty salon and a hair salon. 

Rex Saigon Hotel

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Situated on Nguyen Hue Street, the Rex Saigon is one of the best places to stay when taking Ho Chi Minh City Tour. The hotel’s architecture blends the classical beauty and elegance of The Orient which creates the unique features of the hotel. 

Rex Saigon provides 286 luxury rooms decorated in refined design. The room amenities include a minibar, climate control, individual safe, fridge, a work desk, wooden floor, ensuite bathroom with hairdryer, complimentary toiletries and bath sheets. 

The hotel offers both indoor and outdoor dining area. You can have a buffet breakfast at the restaurant. Dishes of Asian cuisine are served at the garden restaurant.

For the relaxing experience, guests can get to the spa lounge, steam room or sauna with steam bath and massage. There are a gym and a fitness center offered on the premises for those who want to work out. Other services include car rental, business center, laundry, airport shuttle, newspaper service and business services. All ensure guests a pleasant stay. 

Nikko Saigon Hotel

Officially opened in 2011, Nikko Saigon Hotel is one of the top-rated hotels in Ho Chi Minh City. Covering a total area of 58,473 square meters, the hotel is a 23 story-building including 3 ground floors and 334 rooms. 

All rooms are spacious which are equipped with 42-inch screen TV, free internet access, walk-in shower room, hairdryer, minibar with coffee and tea maker and safety box. In terms of dining experience, the International Brasserie serves international and Japanese dishes, Ming Court restaurant with Chinese cuisine and The Lounge at the lobby. 

Those who stay from 21st floor to 23rd floor will receive special services at Nikko Club Lounge including free breakfast, afternoon tea, and snacks. The Banquet Hall and Conference area are available for a variety of occasions including a reception room up to 450 guests for buffet party (600 guests for the cocktail party), small meeting rooms and six conference rooms.

In addition to the office services, the hotel also has 14 offices for lease. Other services include a modern gym with the latest machines, an outdoor pool, and a wellness center – one of the largest health care areas in the city. 

Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon

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Lotte Legend Hotel Saigon is one of the most favorite hotels in Ho Chi Minh City opposite to Saigon River. The hotel features with 283 rooms and suites which can bring guests the comfortable and cozy atmosphere, the best view of the Saigon River. The elegant design which is harmonious with nature is the unparalleled feature of the hotel room. 

With 4 categories of room consisting of Deluxe City View, Deluxe River View, Executive Floor, and Suite, the amenities include 32-inch LCD TV, minibar, free wifi, marble bathroom, separate working and sitting area. Guests can enjoy dining experience at the restaurants, Bars & Lounge and Bakery. Atrium Cafe with the ultimate adventure for global food in breakfast, lunch and dinner, Crystal Jade Palace with the authentic Cantonese cuisine, Yoshino with delicate traditional Omakase set dinner, Italian Trattoria Oggi with the best American and Australian beef and premium wines. 

You can also sip the gorgeous drinks, mouthwatering ice creams, cocktail at the pool bar and Legend Lounge. Other services of the hotel are spa, fitness club, business center, transportation and currency exchange. 

No matter when you travel to Ho Chi Minh City, it always treats you well with the most comfortable stay. See more about places to see in Ho Chi Minh city, you can visit our website. Hope that our information is helpful for you.Have a nice trip!

No matter how much time we invest in decorating our home, if we don’t spice things up every now and then, we’ll end up living in an old-fashioned house and using outdated appliances. Even though some things will never go out of style, it’s always a good idea to spice up your current home décor with a few trendy and elegant pieces. Even though many people believe that it takes a fortune to spice up your home décor, that isn’t the case. For people looking for inspiration, we bring you seven innovative décor solutions for your home:

Mirror, mirror

Mirrors are the best – not only do they make a room look more spacious, but they also reflect light at the same time. Another great thing is that you can work with what you have: if you don’t have enough space for an oversized mirror, you can always take several smaller ones in interesting frames and hang them on the wall so that they form a ‘sculpture’. If, on the other hand, you need to lighten up a room, you can simply hang a mirror on the wall opposite a window and angle it so that it reflects sunlight.

Add color

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Even though white rooms with white walls look clean, they’re also boring. In order to spice up your home, you need to add more color. This doesn’t mean you have to paint the walls or kitchen cabinets, but adding colorful details is a great way to change the appearance of any room. Fresh flowers in colorful vases and colorful pots will look great on both the shelves and dining room tables, glittery throw pillows on the living room sofa look playful, and brightly colored frames will fit in well on your white walls.

Luxurious materials

Sometimes you don’t even have to buy a new piece in order to spice up your home’s look. Instead, you can try doing this by using luxury materials in every room. Start simply: replace old towels in your bathroom with the ones made of Egyptian or organic cotton and bamboo, use faux fur covers for your living room sofa, replace your old chandeliers and lamps with crystal ones, and buy luxurious and expensive bed sheets. Velvet or silk curtains will make the light in your living room look completely different and you won’t have to spend a fortune to get them either.

Statement pieces

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Sometimes it takes only a single thing to change the look of an entire room, and with extravagant and luxurious statement pieces, your home will look great. You can do this with tall statement lamps which you can place in the corner of your living room, a coffee table with hidden storage or space for a potted plant in the middle, or a replica of the original Barcelona set: a Barcelona daybed, ottoman, and a sofa. This will give your home an avant-garde look from the 1920s that many today find elegant.   

DIY heaven

An inexpensive way to brighten up a room is to make something with your own hands and put it up on the wall or on the shelf. You can start by buying a simple white canvas and using thumbtacks to ‘draw’ something on it. You can use silver or gold ones and even combine them to ‘paint’ a picture and give it more depth. Another thing you can do is paint the thumbtacks with nail polish after you finish and even glue glitters with a hot glue gun. You could also try hammering a few nails in the shape of a letter, heart, star, or anything else, and tying a string going from nail to nail to get a little work of art.

When you don’t change things in your home often, you end up with a familiar environment, but it’s also a bit boring. This doesn’t mean that you should redecorate and renovate every couple of months, but when you take time to change little things every now and then, you’ll get a home that always looks modern. The best thing is that you don’t even have to spend a lot of money in order to change the way your rooms look, all you have to do is be ready to get creative.

Recent gardening trends mostly concentrate on eco-friendliness and experimentation with technology and gardening philosophy, compared to past years where the color of flowers was the main concern. This is due to our rapidly-changing climate that poses a threat to human survival, especially if we keep on wasting resources. So, if you’re interested in becoming more sustainable, here are the most interesting landscaping trends to keep an eye on.

Water conservation

Water conservation has been a buzz subject in the landscaping industry for a few years now, but this season it will be on everyone’s lips. It’s actually more than a trend, but more of a guideline for new garden designers and outdoor architects that will completely change the way landscapes are created. The use of drought-resistant plants, smart irrigation systems and xeriscaping will soon become a norm in every garden.

Planning with climate change in mind

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The climate is getting more and more unpredictable and with it comes the need for more resilient landscaping that can survive these capricious weather patterns. For instance, extreme heat waves that often strike Australia, especially Sydney, can be destructive for many plants, but they can also ruin the garden’s functionality. However, planting greenery and building protective structures with weather in mind can allow people to use their outdoor spaces even during the most extreme conditions. Resilient plants that provide shade combined with pergolas with ceiling fans in the summer and patios with heaters in the winter will allow homeowners to push through the extreme temperatures. Consulting with professionals in landscaping who know the punishing climate of Australia can help many Sydneysiders get the garden of their dreams.

Implementation of tech

Technology is slowly making its way into every aspect of life, outdoor spaces and landscaping included. So, it’s not a surprise that many designers and architects opt for tech implementation in gardens that can help people get more personalized outdoor spaces that require very little care. Traditionally pieces of gardening equipment like lawn mowers and leaf blowers are getting replaced by battery-powered models that create no pollution and have a reduced noise level. Additionally, there are also robotic lawn mowers and smart sprinklers that reduce maintenance time and water waste.

Landscaping design is also getting a tech-up. The use of 3D modeling, mobile apps and drones can help designers create and present their innovative landscaping ideas to clients.

Upcycling

Using salvaged items in the garden design can do a lot of good, both for your space and for your environment. Upcycling helps keep the landfills empty and it enriches your garden with many interesting and “think outside of the box” design and décor solutions. For instance, using old gardening boots as planters or old beer barrels as ponds is a very eco-friendly way to add some interest to your landscaping.  

Sensory gardens

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Usually, most of the garden elements are there to impress your eyes only. However, new gardeners and garden owners want to interact with their gardens a bit more. For instance, you can install a giant chess set that will entertain your eyes and mind and keep you moving and touching the pieces. Another way you can awaken the sense of touch is with reflection pools. These small water features will not only provide you with a beautiful visual effect, but also allow you to touch and play with water for a multisensory experience.

Meditation and mindfulness

For many, the hustle and bustle of urban living are becoming unbearable and they are choosing to retreat to their gardens. That’s why mindfulness, meditation and Zen spaces are becoming more prominent in gardens. In order to achieve this sense of tranquility, people choose to utilize mirrors, privacy screens, interesting planting, water features for relaxing sounds and strategically placed seating to help with relaxation and garden immersion. Early birds even choose to place their seating facing east to have a clear sunrise view every morning.

Gardens like these will both improve human interaction with their outdoor spaces AND protect the environment that needs all the help it can get.

Our home should be a place where we feel fully relaxed and at peace. Unfortunately, not many of us have managed to achieve this and the main reason for this is the way our home is designed and organized. It’s common knowledge that even the tiniest details like the predominant colour of the interior design and different textures can influence our mood and emotions. With this in mind, we’ve prepared a list of several awesome ideas on how to turn your home into a true Zen paradise. Let’s take a look!

Declutter the space

If you don’t know where to start, decluttering your entire home may be the right way to go. This is crucial since no matter how nicely you decorate your apartment, if it’s messy and overcrowded, all your efforts will be in vain. So, instead of delaying this obligation any further, start by making a list of all the things that you haven’t used in the last couple of years and get rid of them. Once you’ve singled out only the items that you really need, try to come up with as many smart storage solutions as possible. For instance, you can install additional shelving where you can display your book collection, home accessories and family photos without occupying any floor space. Furthermore, there are so many different cool options that are worth exploring and our favourite would definitely be a coffee table with hidden storage space. Not only will this piece of furniture further contribute to the look of your interior design, but it will be extremely practical as well.

Choose an earthy colour palette

It’s common knowledge that colours have a strong impact on our mood and feelings. Therefore, if you are striving to create a peaceful atmosphere that will soothe your senses and help you get in touch with your inner self, earthy tones are definitely what you need. You can choose among numerous soft shades, such as beige, pink beige, white, light grey, etc. Feel free to experiment with different combinations until you achieve perfect harmony. Finally, in case you opt for a monochromatic design, you can always go a step further and introduce an accent colour as well. This may be done either by painting an accent wall in that shade or by incorporating some vivid accessories that will serve as an amazing focal point.

Keep the air clean and fresh

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Apart from ensuring that your home is visually amazing and that it looks super-chic and inviting, you must turn it into a healthy place to live in. In other words, you should do your best to increase the quality of indoor air and get rid of all the allergens that can cause various health issues. Here are several great ways to achieve this in no time. Furthermore, the same way colours influence our brain, different fragrances can also have a significant impact. So, once you’ve managed to keep the air clean, make your home smell great as well. You can either bring in fresh flowers or try out scented candles. All you need to do is discover which fragrance has a calming effect and lets you feel peaceful.

Let the light in

There is nothing worse than spending time in a poorly-lit house. Not only will this make us feel constantly drowsy, but it can provoke negative emotions and even increase the likelihood of depression. Therefore, if you really want to turn your home into a real Zen paradise, it’s high time you opened the curtains and let the sunshine in. You can even hire professionals to install huge glass panels in your living room. Even though this may seem like a large investment, considering the fact that it will reduce the amount of electricity you use and lower your energy bills, it is definitely worth it. On top of that, you’ll get a chance to enjoy a wonderful view while drinking your morning coffee.

Don’t let electronic devices disturb you

Nowadays, a life without Internet, TV and computers is hard to imagine since we have become too dependent on technology due to all the advantages it has to offer. However, we shouldn’t forget that these state-of-the-art gadgets have many downsides. While it’s great that you can reach your friends and colleagues whenever you need them, it’s not really that pleasant to have your phone constantly ringing when you want to have a few hours just for yourself. Therefore, it’s essential to remove all these electronic disturbances from your bathroom, bedroom and any other relaxation zones. This way, you’ll be able to fully focus on your feelings and preserve your inner peace. Lastly, feel free to discover fun ways to entertain yourself without using any electronic devices.

Don’t forget greenery

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Last but not least, nature has always had a healing effect on our mind and soul. It has been shown that even the photos of natural beauties have a similar effect, so there is no reason not to bring the outdoors in as soon as possible. You can start by decorating your living room with potted flowers or even building an indoor vertical garden that will sweep all your friends off their feet. Finally, opting for beautiful floral patterns can be a great way to further highlight the green quality of your design and strike that perfect balance of natural and artificial elements.

As you can see, there are so many ways how you can turn your average-looking home into a true oasis of peace and serenity. You just need to think outside the box, explore as many different options as possible, choose the right colour palette and bring the nature in. Finally, keep in mind that we are all different, so don’t be afraid to show off your individuality and come up with some innovative solutions.

Are you planning a home renovation in the near future, but can’t seem to find a style that fits your home? Don’t worry, there are so many different trends around the world for you to choose from. So, if you want to make your home more diverse and culturally woke, here’s a small (and very simple) guide through interior design trends across the continents.

Europe

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Europe has such a rich and diverse interior design scene with some trends dating back a few centuries. Here you have Mediterranean style, Tuscan, French, Italian, Victorian, Eastern European style and Scandinavian influences. That’s why it’s really hard to list a few distinctly European design trends. However, if you’re looking to decorate your home in Old World style, opt for rich and deep colors.  Large and comfy furniture are must and don’t shun away from ornamentation (especially when aiming for Victorian or Baroque style). On the other hand, we have Scandinavian style that favors light and soft colors. Northern winters can be very dark and gloomy so boost the light in the space using blond wood, simple furniture and go for generally decluttered spaces. These spaces seem to concentrate on functionality rather than ornamentation!

Africa

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One of the most exotic interior styles out there is African style. It’s characterized by originality, dynamic, energy and contrast. African interior design style is torn between “minimalism and simplicity and primitive brutality.” Africa-inspired interiors often contain a lot of ethnic elements, animal print accents and warm, earthy colors of the continent. Blue is almost never used in African style homes! Faux skins and furs of zebras, leopard and cheetahs achieve an amazing effect when used as accents. Africans have a deep respect for artisan items, so their homes are often filled with handmade wooden utensils, exotic masks and sculptures.

Asia

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There are two very different branches of Asian interior design: Far East (China and Japan) and South Asia (India). Chinese and Japanese homes have a strong presence of Zen culture characterized by clean lines, a minimalist feel and plenty of natural elements. This interior style favors neutral and natural colors in order to evoke the Feng Shui elements—fire, water, earth and air. Bold colors are also present, but in moderation. You can often see colorfully painted scenes, bold fabrics and painted ceramics in Far East homes. Another interior design style in Asia is Indian design and it stays distinct even after various European influences. It’s characterized by the use of rich and vibrant colors inspired by spices. Think earthy reds and yellows and deep purples. Indian homes (and especially temples) are often full of patterns and heavy wooden furniture, such as wooden tables, benches and curved sofas and chairs.  

North America

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When it comes to Classic American style, we can say it’s characterized by a comfortable and simple vibe and minimalist ornamentation. Think materials like stone and wood that create a very natural and cozy atmosphere. American homes often have an open concept kitchens to emphasize the feeling of comfort and homely warmth! The number-one choice of furniture in Classic American homes is large and cozy pieces with simple lines and patterns. However, North America of today is a true melting pot of cultures, races and religions which all influence the trends. That’s why it’s practically impossible to say what exactly is North American interior design.  

South America

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South America has a very inspiring interior design full of creative artistry and ethnic vibes. Even though it’s geographically very close to North America, these two continents have very different decor styles. Latin American style is very quirky when analyzed from the standpoint of the Western world and it’s full of color, textures and interesting patterns. However, it’s also often characterized by environmentally friendly features due to their strong respect of nature. The use (and reuse) of organic fabrics and natural elements like stone and brick is very prominent. Glass and tiles can also be seen in Latin American homes, especially in the form of murals that leave a big aesthetic impact.

Australia

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In spite of its small population, Australia of today is considered one of the leaders in the interior design industry thanks to its laid-back, open and timeless look. It has a very international feel accompanied with sophistication and an overall relaxing vibe. Just take a look at some of their chill beach houses and you’ll understand what it’s all about!

The interior design of every part of the world has something unique to it, so you’re bound to find something that fits your tastes, needs and preferences. Plus, you’ve probably learned something new about design that will inspire you and your home renovation.

When it comes to property there are a few things that people tend to notice right away.  The first obviously is location, but once they are inside, it’s all about the light, and the view. Some realtors will even time the viewing of a property for when the light looks best in the house. Realtors know that windows and what’s outside the windows can make a significant difference in how a buyer feels about the house.  If a house has great light, people tend to like it, if you can pair that with a great view, you can expect the price and the interest to go up. There are all sorts of windows out there, from small portholes to floor to ceiling varieties.  No matter what kind of windows a residence has, they play a huge role in the design and feel of your interior. Also depending on where you live for some rooms to be considered bedrooms they must contain a window.

Natural light is good for you

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You might not be a plant, but like plants, the sun helps you grow.  Natural light has been shown to have a whole host of benefits from improving mood and regulating sleep cycles, to more practical applications like being able to see without electric lighting.  Also some windows open, allowing you to let in some fresh air, and who doesn’t love that.

Bringing what’s outside your home in

When building a home or planning a reno, the placement of the windows, and to an even larger sense the rooms of the house will be thoughtfully considered in relation to the views available.  If you are lucky enough to have a view of the ocean or are high enough to see a panoramic cityscape chances are good that your windows and living space will be built around highlighting these features.  

Like handbags and shoes, windows should match the room

While not always the case, if you have the opportunity to choose your own windows, take your time and consider the room as well as the windows.  Think of a rustic cabin in the woods vs a converted warehouse apartment, both of these places feel different and look different, and most likely would be designed with different types of windows.  What’s most important is to try and choose a style that compliments the room as opposed to a style that clashes with it.

Things are looking up

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Skylights are a great option to lighten up a room and retain some privacy.  Bathrooms and showers can be dark because depending on the layout usually only one or two walls will have an option for a window.  The size and shape of the windows then have to be considered to bring in the light while not exposing you to the world while you take a shower.  The skylight solves all of these problems, allowing you to bring in lots of light where you want it without having to worry about scaring the neighbours.

When crystal clear is too clear

An often forgotten option when choosing windows is that they do not have to be clear.  In most cases, you want a window that is translucent, but not necessarily transparent. Opaque windows are often associated with renovations where a neighbour’s privacy must be preserved so council insists that your new second story bedroom doesn’t look directly into their bedroom.  However opaque windows can let in some nice light while also hiding some less than desirable features. For instance, a window that may look out into a stark brick wall, sometimes not seeing is better than seeing.

Clerestory, an unusual window

Clerestory windows are becoming a popular choice in modern constructions.  Generally placed high up near the ceiling of the room or the roof, they add an airy openness to rooms while also preserving wall space that could then be used by artworks or flat screen TVs.  Another benefit to these windows is creating the illusion of the ceiling floating on top of the room. Also can be used to maintain privacy while letting in the light.

Be practical about your choices

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Great big floor to ceiling windows sound and look great, but depending on what the room is used for may not be very practical.  The den and TV room are popular places for what are usually the biggest windows of the home. However, when watching TV reflections and light can make viewing difficult.  You may have chosen beautiful windows that look great, but depending on the layout and use of the room it may mean that watching TV or working on a computer is difficult without the use of shutters and blinds.  Or if the room is a bedroom you want to choose windows that both let in the light, but can be blocked when you want the room to be dark.

Mix it up

Windows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  While the quintessential window is usually square or rectangular, they don’t have to be.  Let your style help choose the windows, what do you like, let your creativity run wild. Alternatively, take cues from the property, perhaps your room has a unique shape and a triangular window would fit in just perfect, or maybe a circular one would work better.  Windows can provide a lot of visual interest while still highlighting the available views.

Consider your options

Once you have your windows picked you may want to consider some of the additional options.  Double glazing uses two pieces of glass to create your window and can help regulate the temperature of your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills.  Other options are for glass that can cut down on both the amount of light that gets through the windows (tinted) and the kind of light (UV) that comes through the windows.  UV light can damage fabrics and flooring over time as well as artwork on the wall, a UV blocking window can curtail some of that damage.

Windows as art

We often think of our walls as the place for artwork. But consider a ‘window wall’ as another visual center piece. A picture of a painting is the same all year round, while an expansive view of the garden, will change with the seasons. You can watch the birds flutter about while having your morning cup of coffee, or watch the kids playing out back while preparing dinner.  Reimagine your space with a big window to outside, it adds lots of light and often makes the room feel bigger.

Deciding on the right decor style for your home can be quite difficult. However, instead of choosing a single one, you may consider the combination of several styles and thus manage to strike that perfect balance and create an inviting atmosphere. For instance, you can fuse traditional and modern design elements by introducing different accessories, patterns and colours. In order to help you achieve this in no time, we’ve singled out a list of some amazing ideas and suggestions.

Give minimalism a try

Minimalism has gained in popularity immensely over the last couple of years and it doesn’t seem that this craze will fade away any time soon. So, if you want to create a truly modern home, going minimalistic is the right way. This style would also allow you to add traditional furniture pieces and accessories without making your home look overcrowded and messy. For instance, if you’ve opted for a modern red sofa, you can pair it with a vintage-looking coffee table or a unique Arts and Crafts rug and thus manage to introduce two opposite designs in one room without ending up with something incoherent and awkward.

A fresh coat of paint

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Your apartment may be full of different traditional rustic pieces that you simply adore and don’t want to get rid of. However, you can always try to freshen them up and add a more modern feel to their design. For example, by painting your old kitchen cupboards, you’ll get a chance to preserve their vintage quality and make them look more contemporary at the same time. You can go for those amazing Pantone shades that have been predicted to be the most popular this year. On top of that, feel free to experiment a bit and don’t hesitate to opt for bolder choices which will speak volumes about your great taste and ability to think outside the box.

Mix these styles in your bathroom

Your bathroom is the perfect place to achieve this special mixture of modern and traditional elements. You can start by installing brass faucets that will, together with an antique credenza or vanity cabinet, help you experience the spirit of a bygone era, making you feel as if you were taking a bath in one of the royal bathrooms. In addition to that, elegant mirrors have been shown to be a great choice as well, since these can really tie the whole room together and add that finishing touch to the place. Finally, think about incorporating a few traditional art pieces which will be a great contrast to a predominantly traditional design.

Make your traditional home more practical

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A traditional design can be quite fascinating; however, it hasn’t always been the most practical option. So, if you want to make it work, we advise you to go for more modern lighting options, textiles and storage space. For example, LEDs have proven to be extremely energy-efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars per year. Furthermore, they don’t emit excessive heat, and can cast a natural light that will further highlight the beauty of your home’s interior design. Moreover, investing in a quality storage solution is a prerequisite for living in a nice and neatly-organised home. After all, no matter how sophisticated and elegant its style is, if you don’t keep it decluttered and clean, everything will be in vain. Therefore, remember to make good use of vertical space by installing enough shelves in each room where you can keep all the items that you need daily, as well as your beautiful antique accessories. Additionally, your bedroom is a place which can get messy extremely fast, so we suggest installing a few extra drawers beneath your bed, where you can store all the linens and your summer/winter clothes.

You can choose your favourite

Finally, when we talk about mixing two styles, we don’t mean that you have to follow the fifty-fifty rule. Instead, you can choose your favourite decor option and then add a supporting one to it. For example, you can decorate 80% of the house in your main style and then the other 20% will be enough to break the monotony and contribute to a super-chic and cohesive look. In other words, going predominantly modern and then introducing a few vintage elements here and there is absolutely an amazing solution.

As you can see, achieving a perfect mixture of different styles doesn’t have to be hard at all. You just need to follow your own ideas and decorate your home so that you will feel pleasant and relaxed while spending time here. Lastly, remember that you’re the one in control and should always strive to express your personality and show off your creative side as well.