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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.

Environmental awareness has been on the rise in every single aspect of our lives, and interior design is no exception. Designers and homeowners alike have been embracing the eco-friendly trend and natural materials have been prevalent in interior design in the past few years. Besides being good for the environment, these materials are good for you and your family, as well. Add the warm and cozy feel they provide for any interior, as well as their highly versatile to the list of their benefits, as well. It’s no wonder why natural materials are a trend that is here to stay.

The style factor is high

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There is a reason why natural materials never really go out of fashion. They are amazing neutrals and give an instant feeling of luxury and style to any space. Wood, marble, clay, terracotta and even concrete all come in colors that will fit into virtually any color scheme you come up with and enhance it. Interior designers are embracing this new environmental consciousness, and green materials are popping up everywhere. Apart from the traditional, there are many new materials available, which look great and have enhanced characteristics. The best part is that natural materials look amazing whether you use just one, or decide to mix several. Because they are always trendy, they also tend to give the space a timeless elegance.

They’re a health-conscious option

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In an age when progress doesn’t always equal well-being, we are all taking efforts to do what we can for our health. Our efforts are mostly focused on diet and exercise. However, the materials we surround ourselves with can also have a huge impact on our health. Not so long ago, home building used to involve some pretty harmful practices, like using asbestos or lead. Those days are behind us now, but a lot of artificial materials are still potentially dangerous for our health. Natural materials are the best and safest option in this regard. And we’re not just talking about the lack of carcinogens either. Research has shown that natural materials have a beneficial effect on our mental health too.

They are sustainable

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Natural materials are inherently more eco-friendly than their artificial counterparts, according to Antonia from EscapeWaste.com. If you’re buying locally produced materials, or, even better repurposing reclaimed or recycled materials and pieces, you can be certain in your knowledge you’re doing what you can for the planet. Reclaimed or recycled materials are also budget-friendly. Oftentimes you can get amazing pieces or materials for a ridiculously low price. You just need to look in the right place and use your imagination to figure out how to repurpose your find. In most cases, you will get superior quality for a relatively low price.

They are long-lasting

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There is the reason why natural materials sometimes come at a higher price. Simply put, the quality of natural materials tends to be much better. Speaking in terms of quality, that usually translates into increased longevity. Even when, eventually (usually after many years) they do start to show some signs of wear and tear, they look much better than artificial materials. The worn look usually translates into an attractive patina which just makes the material look more attractive, instead of ragged. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should forgo proper care.

They vibe with every style

kitchen wood
Whatever your interior design style, there is a natural material that will look amazing when incorporated. You’re aiming for a sleek, modern look? Concrete and metal are your thing. Rustic is more your speed? Terracotta and wood are the way to go. You want to achieve a minimalist zen look? Embrace bamboo and canvas. Naturals are a beautiful accent too, and they are sure to breathe some life into your neutral color palette. And finally, they are always at least a little bit unique, giving your home some much-needed character, without being overwhelming. Add some much need greenery, and your home is sure to shine.

The natural materials trend is definitely ushering in a new era in home design. It’s showing that we can be more responsible as consumers, both in regard to the planet and our own health.

We all need some time off to relax from our modern, busy lifestyles and just focus on ourselves instead of thinking about all the things we need to do that day. Unfortunately, if you happen to live in one of the many concrete jungles, it can become quite difficult to find a place that lets you truly let go off all your worries and that doesn’t require a full tank of gas in order to reach it. So, why not bring such a place to you? Transforming your own home into an oasis of peace and tranquillity means that you’ll only need to walk through your front door in order to feel much better. Therefore, if you’d like to achieve tranquillity in your home, here are four ways in which you could do that.

Clean it up

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Now, this doesn’t mean it should be as clean as a hospital but if you want to create a calming environment, there shouldn’t be any dirty clothes on the floor or unpleasant smells distracting you from enjoying your time at home. Also, it’s normal to add new and interesting things to your home, especially if it’s a new home and you’re still settling in, but you need to be careful not to create clutter. Clutter can only make you anxious, so try to embrace minimalism and keep around only those things that you truly do need. On the other hand, if minimalism isn’t exactly your style, then simply try to keep your home clutter-free by giving away everything you no longer use or need and keeping everything you do stored in its place away from sight.

Keep it fresh

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You can’t relax in a home that is stuffy or just smells weird, so keep your air quality in check. Make sure your windows and blinds are easy to handle, and let in as much fresh air as you can during the day – if the weather allows it, of course. Also, keep your AC units clean and dust-free so they don’t blow dust and dirt into your home. Moreover, you can also buy a quality mold air purifier that will keep your home mould-free and your household air clean. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of plants in your home – besides improving the air quality, they can also make your home look more comfortable, peaceful, and visually appealing.

Embrace earthy colours

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Natural colours have a soothing effect on people, so paint your living room in softer tones, such as beige, white, or grey with accents in darker shades. Spice it up with textures and patterns to add a bit of personality to it, and use art to create a focal point that will make your room look both stylish and organised. That being said, if you have a favourite colour, don’t be afraid to focus on it regardless of which colour it is – there are amazing purple, dark blue, and even black living rooms that are just as calming as the naturally coloured ones. So, choose a colour that makes you feel good, and decorate your home with it.

Add some softness

calm, soft sofa
Although parquet, and similar wooden flooring, is always a safe choice because of its natural colour and low maintenance, it’s not exactly “comfortable”. If you can afford to dedicate some time to their maintenance, wool and fur carpets are a perfect choice for a soothing home. Just pay attention to their colour; try to match it to the rest of your room. Moreover, you can also add a couple of soft pillows and throws for the same reason – they can boost the visual appeal of your home, and they can add to the sense of peacefulness and comfort.
You don’t need to go far if you’re looking for a place where you can de-stress and relax after an exhausting day. All you need to do is decorate your home wisely – choose the colours that make you feel good, add some elements that are soft to the touch, introduce some greenery, and keep your home clutter-free. After these few touches, you will have your own personal resort where you will be able to relax whenever you want for as long as you want.

A long time ago I decided that I only wanted to sleep on the best. Bed sheets, pillow, mattresses – I finally bought into the idea that you spend a third of your life sleeping so you might as well do it in the best conditions possible. And then I found out there was a lot more to it than just making the decision. Just a quick read of a bed sheet guide will show you things are a bit more complicated than I assumed. But I got across it and managed to put together the best bedroom set up for me (and I started sleeping like and angel). But then I had a different problem. A first-world problem to be sure but a problem nonetheless. After shelling out so much for quality bed sheets, I didn’t really feel comfortable just getting rid of them when they started to wear through. So I got creative! Below are my tip 10 ways to re-use bed sheet when they’re no longer good for sleeping.

Picnic blankets

Why spend money on fancy picnic blankets when you basically have some already? Most bed sheets are perfect for the purpose, and all the better if they’re colourful or patterned. If the ground is a bit damp, all you need to do is fold the sheet over once or twice. Your family outing or romantic lunch is sorted without any extra hassle.

Pets

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Speaking of dogs, old bed sheets make excellent pet blankets. Put an old sheet in your cat or dog’s basket or favourite place to lie in the house for extra comfort. Alternatively, you can fashion a super simple dog toy by cutting a sheet into strips and then braiding these. If you don’t have pets, consider donating your old bed sheets to your local animal shelter, as they tend to need all the supplies they can get.

Cleaning

Old sheets can easily be a greener, cheaper alternative to disposable cleaning products. Use them in the garage or garden for your messy hands and shoes, turn them into rags for cleaning the floor or other surfaces, or use them to pat down your dog after an especially muddy or wet walk.

Plant protection

If you’re worried that your plants won’t withstand the chill, help them out by covering them with an old bed sheet. It will trap some of the warmth from the ground and keep out a light frost. This works especially well if you place a fitted sheet over a raised flower bed.

Kids’ forts

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Who doesn’t like building a fort? You can use old bed sheets to build a fort for an excellent time even in bad weather. Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, have a look at this bed for guide on how to make a simple, no-sew teepee for the kids. Old bed sheets… or a grand fortress?

Movie screen

What’s a better way to watch a film than on a big screen? If you want to create your own cinema-sized screen, all you need to do is hang up a sheet. This way you don’t need to worry about not having any white walls, and you can even fashion an outdoor cinema. Don’t have a projector? You can find fairly cheap second-hand ones online, or rent or borrow one from places in your area.

Shopping bag

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to refashion pillowcases into tote bags. You’ll be helping the environment, and you’ll avoid accumulating drawers full of plastic bags in your home. You’ll also save the money you would spend to buy one. And as an added bonus, you might just have the most stylish shopping bag in the store.

Clothes

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If you like sewing or want to learn, making old bed sheets into new clothes is a great project for you. It’s especially wonderful for beginners because you won’t be wasting any expensive material. Consider starting with something simple, like a loose summer dress or some pyjama pants, depending on what kind of bedsheets you have.

Packing material

Whether you’re moving, travelling, or storing your belongings, bubble wrap and butcher’s paper are useful, but they’re very wasteful and can be expensive. Instead, ensure the safety of your fragile objects by wrapping them up in old bed sheets. Not only are they reusable and very versatile, but they’re completely free! You can fold or crumple them to prevent things from rattling around, use them to wrap scratch-prone objects, and so much more.

Decoration

There are many cool things you can fashion out of old sheets, including crib mobiles, curtains, fabric-covered clothes hangers, embroidered wall decorations, quilts, and anything else you can think of. Stay busy, get crafty, and add some colour to your home. If this sounds like a good idea but you’re not sure you could do it, consider going to sewing or quilting classes, or just delve into the unlimited resource that is the internet.

Article by Jade Emily

Renting an apartment can be tricky, but it can also be a lucrative business decision and a long-term investment that can pay off in kind. One of the main problems modern landlords face is decorating an apartment to be aesthetically pleasing enough without busting the bank and running the risk of guests, to put it simply, thrashing the place.
While there are limited ways you can prevent the last scenario from happening, there are plenty of things you can do to inexpensively elevate the decor and design of your rental property, and attract new business. Here are the top five tips on how you can decorate a rental apartment on a budget.

Source your furniture

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Who said that quality furniture needs to be expensive? There are plenty of ways you can obtain excellent pieces that work with a variety of interior designs for half the retail price or less. You simply need to turn your attention from the nosy ads to the hidden furniture stores around the city.
From antique to thrift stores, from the flea market to the local landfill, the possibilities are numerous. The best part is, you are more likely to find quaint, beautiful furniture pieces that work wonderfully with a modern design approach, and even better in a charming, rustic setting. Be sure to search online for furniture you can obtain from other people, and visit a salvage yard as well.

Floor covers can save your budget

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A beautiful stone or marble floor is bound to increase the value of  rental properties. Wooden floors in particular. However, naked surfaces such as these aren’t a landlord’s best friends, as they require maintenance, and can be easily damaged. Enter, the area rug.
Area rugs excellent at preventing damage and skid marks, and even concealing damage if need be while being an inexpensive way to spruce up your apartment and incorporate a unique flair into the design. If you are really keen on preserving your floors, you can even introduce rubber matting, however, this solution might not be as aesthetically pleasing as a colourful rug.

Soundproof and beautiful

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One of the biggest problems landlords face is actually keeping the neighbours happy. Due to the large volume of people passing through the apartment on a regular basis, the neighbours can start feeling unsafe, not to mention that you can get into a lot of trouble if they report noise and disturbance coming from the apartment.
You need to preserve a good relationship between your Airbnb rental apartment and your neighbours, so it’s best to invest in some simple sound-proofing for extra privacy, and top it off with replaceable wallpapers. This way, you can easily replace any wallpaper that might have suffered damage during your guests’ stay.

Manipulate the ambiance with lighting

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Another inexpensive way to introduce an up-scale vibe into your apartment’s interior design is to simply add warm lighting across the board. Start with the hallway where you can introduce coned lights and work your way in towards the living room, and the bedroom.
In the living room, the bedroom, and even the bathroom, you want to add programmable lighting so that the ambiance can be easily modified to correspond with the mood and the occasion. Think free standing lights in the living room, and fixed lighting in the bedroom.

Add a variety of interesting details

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Finally, you want to make the apartment feel homey with a positive vibe, and a serene ambiance that inspires creativity. To that end, think about all the accents and details you can introduce into the setting without making it feel cluttered or overstated.
After all, every guest has their personal taste, so while you want it to be aesthetically pleasing, you also want to leave it neutral enough so that the design is not actually screaming at them. So think framed wall art, quote art, various potted greenery scattered throughout, and a few details here and there on the shelves and the windowsills. A bookcase is always a great option as well.

Getting your rental property up and running and generating revenue is not an easy task, especially in the first year. Luckily, by following these inexpensive tips you will have no problem decorating your apartment on a budget.

Getting the right amount of the right lighting for your home is really important for mood and function. But how much is the right amount and what is the ideal mix? Read on for some great suggestions to help you achieve a designer look for your home.

Natural lighting

Natural lighting is important for the way our brains function and can have a huge impact on mood and ability to sleep. It also simply looks fabulous! There’s nothing more lovely than letting in an abundance of natural light and of course, if there are beautiful windows AND a lovely view, then you’re laughing.

Natural lightning

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A couple of things about light streaming into our homes. Firstly, it can also bring the heat. You’ll need window treatments of one sort or another. If you’re after some inspo, check out this board.
Secondly, the sun (especially here in Australia) can be quite harsh. To soften its impact on your eyes – AND for increased privacy – consider adding sheers. They have a lovely way of filtering sunlight and are very effective in maintaining your privacy. They’re also super contemporary and add a softness to space. But, I digress. Back to lighting….

Task lighting

A room’s use will determine how much task lighting you’ll need. For example, you’ll need more strong, clear lighting for a kitchen or an office than a bedroom. And on the flip side, you’ll need more soft dimmable lighting in a bedroom than a kitchen. Although, you’ll need both in both.

Kitchen

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To state the obvious, task lighting needs to go in a work area in an unimpeded way, usually this is above and slightly in front of where a person will sit or stand. Warm white LED downlights are perfect for this, or track lighting that can be pointed to a specific spot.

Mood lighting

This is the fun stuff! Think beautiful pendants and lamps and cleverly placed LED strips. You will have by now seen stunning pendants via Pinterest or Instagram. Place them over dining tables, besides beds or vanities or in foyers or stairwells. Make them a feature and use dimmable or Edison globes to ensure soft lighting when you’re kicking back. Another ongoing trend is to have a series of them (usually three or four) over a kitchen island. Like rugs, they can help ‘zone’ spaces – especially in open plan rooms.

Mood lightning

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There’s an English designer, Abigail Ahearn, who suggest that each room should have at least eight sources of artificial light. Think about that for a moment. Eight! If you have downlights and a pendant, you still need six lamps to hit the quota. Of course, I love the idea and am dedicated to spreading the word, but five or six would probably suffice in most rooms!
Another great option for mood lighting are wall lights or sconces. Again these look fab on either side of a vanity or in hallways. They also look stunning over shelving and artworks.

Strip LED lighting can be used to enhance architectural detail to a great extent. Use it to outline stairs, hallways, cabinetry or to emphasise textured walls or ceilings.

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Once you start exploring the wonderful world of lighting, you’ll start to think about your own home. Will you stick with what you’ve got or start adding more to hit Abigail Ahern’s eight sources per room?

Monique Sartor is a Sydney based interior designer, blogger, and podcaster. You could say she’s somewhat obsessed with all things relating to interiors!! Monique is a guest writer for Houzz and loves providing her award-winning service to fabulous clients! For more visit www.sartorialinteriors.com.au

A perfect home decoration includes the combination of perfect color and right decorative accessory. There are so many things which you can use for decorating your home but this is important that the color will combine the interior and accessories together. No matter how many people have come to believe that home should feel home regardless of its decorations, the importance of taking care of every bit of your house should always be essential.

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As we know that the many festivals and holidays just about to come so many guests will visit to your house and will enjoy with you and your family. In this case if you want to impress them then decorate your home with new trends and home accessories. Create focal points at those places where you think that your guest can visit. This is the chance for you that you can impress your guest with your creativity and show your royal life style. I am going to tell you what are the important home décor accessories you should add to your home.

First I am going to discuss about the handmade carpets and rug because as we know that this is always a centrepiece in a home. Some interior designers call it the heart of the home decoration.

New Collection of Handmade Rug

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Many websites which are famous for selling “one of a kind” design carpets and also have launched the new collections of handmade area rug. I like Rugs and Beyond because they are selling very exclusive carpet at reasonable price and have a huge stock.
You can take handmade chindi dhurries. These are cheaper than handmade durries. Chindi dhurries give an attractive and beautiful looks just because of its multi vibrant colors. This is made of cotton waste material which is called chindi with cotton, wool or jute. The warp is in jute, wool or cotton and weft is in cotton chindi. It has fast color and gives a cosy touch.

Erased Pattern Rug

Erased pattern carpets are specially designed for the modern home décor. These carpets are mostly woven in wool and cotton material. The warp is in cotton and weft is in pure New Zealand wool. This is 100% hand washable and highly durable carpet. Choosing a perfect size carpet is very essential while we are decorating our home. Erased patterns carpets are available in various sizes

Decorative lights

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Perfect lighting is also a very important part of a well decorated home. So you can take a beautiful light lamp or you can use a candle chandelier for the living room. For the dining room you can put a candle jar in the centre of your dining table.

Decorative furniture

The combination of beautiful furniture with a stunning handmade carpet always gives an outstanding look to a home. So this is the time to take new furniture which is different from the old one and should take in your home.

Color

The combination of green color with a nice shade of gold creates a nice-looking design, besides; it gives your place a welcoming atmosphere with its calm and delicate accent.
So these above ideas you can follow to give elegance look to your room.

This guest post is written by Shivani Singh.

The rustic-modern style exudes organic beauty, focusing on a neutral colour palette, natural materials and a simple yet elegant look. Not only will this style give character to your bathroom, but it will also create an ambiance of serenity and tranquillity, transforming it into your personal home-spa. This interior style is a perfect choice for those who love sleek contemporary elements with a rustic flair. The rustic-modern style is balanced and harmonious because these two different looks go perfectly with each other. The somewhat cool modern design becomes much warmer and inviting when paired up with the rustic décor, bringing you closer to nature.

Use natural materials

Natural materials, such as wood, brick and rough-cut stone, are essential for creating a rustic-modern look. By introducing natural materials to your bathroom, you’re welcoming nature into your home and creating a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. From wooden furniture with a rough finish, to unpolished stone floors, there are plenty of ideas for using natural materials in your bathroom. Other materials include slate, cotton, linen, terracotta, seagrass and wicker that you can use for decorative elements. Don’t hesitate to introduce materials with imperfections because they will help you create an atmosphere of authenticity and capture the essence of the rustic-modern style.

Introduce luxurious elements

You should add one or two hand-picked details that will introduce a sense of elegance to your home-spa. Whether it’s a lush chandelier, beautiful freestanding bathtub or a modern shower, you will create a stunning focal point in your bathroom that will leave everyone speechless. However, you shouldn’t go overboard with luxurious details because it will create an exaggerated and kitschy look.

Go for minimalism

While natural elements will add a rustic flair to your bathroom, a minimalist design will help you create a modern look. Simplicity is one of the most important principles of modern design that exudes effortless beauty. Furthermore, minimalism will help you free your bathroom from all the unnecessary items, creating an atmosphere of tranquillity. By decluttering your rustic-modern bathroom, you’ll create an open, airy and organic look. Make sure to eliminate all expired products and keep your surfaces clean and clutter-free. You should place a lovely vase of fresh flowers or bare branches on your vanity to add a touch of nature.

Add plenty of storage units

Decorative details aren’t that common in the rustic-modern bathroom. However, if you have some that you wish to include, make sure to pick just a few that will fit the ambient perfectly. You should introduce closets and shelves to store towels, make-up, cleaning products and other items. For a harmonious and cohesive look, you can’t go wrong with wooden storage compartments or units in white colour. You can also introduce wicker baskets for storing towels that will be stylish and functional details. Wooden cabinetry or lovely white hanging shelves with iron hardware will perfectly fit you rustic-modern design while providing you with plenty of storage space.

Choose a neutral colour palette

When it comes to wall paint in the rustic-modern bathroom, you should opt for white or beige. The key lies in warm, neutral tones that will bring tranquillity and serenity to your bathroom. A neutral, earthy colour scheme will echo the natural materials in your bathroom. You should go with off-white, soft beige and charcoal grey to create a subtle yet elegant, organic look. Make sure to choose hues with a chalky, matte finish to capture the essence of the modern-rustic design. However, if you want to play with the design and materials, you can use stikwood for the wall behind your bathroom sink. Not only will it create a lovely rustic look, but it will also make for a stunning accent detail in your personal sanctuary.

The rustic-modern bathroom design will help you create an authentic organic look in your home-spa that exudes effortless beauty. While contemporary elements will help you create a sleek ambiance, natural rustic details will add warmth and a touch of nature to your lovely bathroom.

Home staging is the art and science of preparing a home so that it looks as attractive as possible to prospective buyers. Interior design has a huge and often unexpected impact on how desirable a property is to a viewer. Ultimately, the goal is to have a prospective buyer walk into the house and immediately want to own it.

Staging a home can have a dramatic difference on its entire character. Home staging isn’t just about cleaning and removing clutter, it’s about creating an entire feel and ambiance that makes someone who walks through each room think “This house looks and feels great! I’d love to live here!” A staged home looks not only more attractive but also more spacious, more vibrant and more alive.

Staging a Home Yourself

You don’t need to spend a lot of money hiring a professional home stager who will charge between $500 and $5,000, depending on the size of your home and other factors. If you have a good eye for interior design, you can save yourself money by staging your own home and you may find it to be a fun and rewarding way to see your living space transformed before your eyes.

With a little inspiration and creativity, you can stage any house yourself to make it a true work of art. In spite of the benefits of home staging, many home sellers are reluctant to change the interior of their house to make it more desirable to buyers, and this gives anyone who does decide to stage their house a huge advantage over other sellers.

You can effectively stage a home no matter its size or what style of furniture and home accessories it currently has. The key to creating beautiful interior spaces is to arrange the large items of furniture is such a way so they are effortless to look at (i.e. everything looks completely natural in its place) and then to arrange small items and accessories around the furniture to create the desired effect. One of the best ways to get ideas is to look online for photos and design blogs and then make some notes on what you think you could apply to your home. There are too many good websites to name here but even just a Google image search can give you plenty of ideas.

Using Small Details to Transform a Home

Naturally, there’s no point in spending a lot of money staging a house just to sell it. Home staging is about making high-impact but low-cost changes to the small details in each room. For example, changing sofa cushions and adding an attractive table lamp and two accent chairs next to a side table can completely change the character and feel of a living room. In a bedroom, changing the bed covers to a subtle shade such as vanilla or teal and adding matching side tables can make a huge difference to how the room feels. A table runner and candles can add elegance and sophistication to even the humblest of dining rooms. It’s these details that can truly transform a house. None of these changes are hugely expensive and can be the difference between a property selling in 6 weeks and 6 months.

Very often, you can make more out of less. Small details such as changing old curtains for some luxuriant satin designs, adding patterned rugs or even some fresh flowers to a table can make a huge difference. You may find you don’t need to purchase many additional items at all. By just rethinking the way your home is currently arranged you can come up with many new ideas.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that home buyers are more likely to buy a property that has been staged than one that’s empty. Most buyers like to see houses that are loved and well cared for. Vacant houses can feel lifeless and cold, despite appearing larger by being empty.

Home Staging Doesn’t Hide Problems

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the impression that staging will effectively hide problems a property has (especially older neglected properties). Trying to make buyers unaware that problems exist usually backfires. Buyers may be unaware of problems for a short while, but a property inspection will make that short-lived.

If a building has structural problems or even serious health hazards such as lead pipes or asbestos ceiling tiles, staging is not going to be a solution to those problems. Homeowners may even need to get rid of any pests or bugs that may have infested the home by hiring a professional pest control company. Once any major issues with the property have been resolved and cleaning has been completed, you can get to work on staging rooms to bring out the best in each. Staging a house is only going to effectively speed up its sale when any serious issues have been resolved first.

When in Doubt, Go for Simplicity

Simplicity and minimalism are always attractive qualities, and this is even truer if you are working with limited space. A cluttered room is hardly ever attractive, and the more items in a room, the less attractive it appears to someone who’s never seen it before. If you have small rooms to decorate, less is definitely more. Simple, neutral colors and designs are usually the most effective. This doesn’t mean that you have to decorate every room with dull gray; light shades and subtle patterns can often speak louder than bold colors and strong designs.

Vibrant color can be used in moderation to bring some spice and uniqueness to rooms. Bright curtains and rugs can be used to make drab rooms come to life, but just make sure any strong colors you use don’t contrast. The last thing you want is room to look like an explosion in a Sherwin-Williams warehouse! Simplicity can be harder to achieve in interior design, but it almost always makes a room look more attractive.

All in all, you can stage just about any home beautifully without spending much money at all. The old saying “creativity over capital” is as applicable to interior design as much as anything else. By making some simple changes to how furniture is arranged, replacing some accessories and adding some new details, any room can be given a powerful “wow factor”. You only have one chance to make a good first impression, and that first impression can often be the most important.

This article is contribution by Keith Gregory. Keith is an amateur design and decorating aficionado — he blogs about interior design, home improvement, and real estate matters at DeveloperCube.com

We all love Scandinavian design for its simplicity – clean, neat lines, no clutter. If you scroll through images of Scandinavian décor, you’ll come away with a sense of calm. Then reality sets in and you remember that you don’t live in a clutter-free, Nordic den with perfect lighting. Instead of firing your friends and family and hiring a design set manager for your living room, learn the art of functional decorating. Your most commonly used belongings can become your décor and you’ll find it easier to keep clutter from taking over!

Living Room

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You can always use Scandinavian furniture brands as a true inspiration when it comes to living room options to fit your Nordic styling. For example, by choosing a sectional instead of recliners and chairs, you can get the most out of the space in your living room. You’ll get plenty of seating without the extra visual clutter.

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Most ottomans that pair with sectionals have additional storage hidden inside. This creates the perfect storage for the belongings, such as blankets and toys that you want nearby but without the clutter. For example, a modern stressless oval ottoman that converts from a storage unit and footrest to a coffee table can prove to be a great investment, since it can alternate between providing an extra storage, extra seating, and serving as a coffee table.

Home Office

The home office doesn’t need to be cluttered with additional decorative pieces. Keep the things you use most often in plain sight and easy-to-reach. If you spend a lot of time in your home office, an ergonomically designed office chair is essential.

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Don’t have an extra room for an office? Designate space in your living room to become the central processing zone in your home. Sound a little dry? It doesn’t have to be. Choose a wall where you can place a small table and put up a few wall organizers and a bulletin board. Having an organization system in place will be pleasing to the eye and keep paperwork from traveling all over your home.

The Bedroom

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If you love Nordic design, you’re probably the type of person who needs cleanliness and simplicity to relax. The key to keeping your bedroom in optimal condition is having proper storage. What clutters your room? Extra blankets? Clothes? Shoes? All the things you drop when you come home at the end of the day? Select furnishings that provide extra storage for the things that clutter up your room or simply change up your organization system and habits. Keeping things minimalistic and fuss-free are some of the key points when it comes to Nordic trends.

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An ottoman at the foot of the bed is a beautiful embellishment as well as a storage zone. Store extra blankets, shoes, or seasonal clothes where you can reach them as needed. If you don’t have under bed storage drawers, you can always repurpose some of your old suitcases and even decorative boxes.

You can easily find tons of inspiration from looking to our friends in the Scandinavia — steal their simple, minimalist yet elegant styling when you’re looking for a new design or look for your home or apartment.

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If you’re among those individuals who are blessed with a lovely outdoor area, then you should do everything you can to bring its décor to perfection. This is the area where you can truly unwind, soak up the sunshine and retreat from the hustle and bustle of an urban city.

Use Fabrics to Accentuate

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When it comes to the most popular outdoor fabrics, get ready to embrace damask, jacquard and linen. If you want to create an atmosphere of elegance and glamour, then you should opt for jacquard – the intricate patterns in different shades of red will give an impression of royal refinement. Damask is a better option if you’re going for a monochromatic look with elaborate patterns. Another among fabrics that radiate luxury is linen that you should use to create a simple, but elegant ambient in your patio. Regardless of the fabric you choose, you should opt for colours that are calming and relaxing, for example, snorkel blue, fiesta, peach eco and limpet shell. The best thing is that these fabrics contribute to an overall tone and ambient; you can use them as accents by layering, hanging outdoor curtains and placing decorative pillows.

Avoid Cluttering Your Outdoor Haven

Don’t give in to clutter, but make sure to keep your outdoor area clean and organised. This is particularly important if you have a small patio, so you don’t need useless items that will take up a lot of space and make you feel cramped. Instead, try to merge style and functionality – you can obtain a lovely seat that has a storage compartment. This is a perfect place for putting aside your blankets and pillows when you go inside. Another practical solution is opting for a beautiful outdoor coffee table with drawers for storing magazines, or mosquito repellent.

Be Eco-Friendly

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Having a personal outdoor area is a perfect opportunity to reconnect with nature. By forming a connection with natural life, our awareness of the importance of preserving our environment increases and we’re a step closer to protecting it. There are small eco-friendly options for your outdoor area that can make significant changes. Instead of buying new furniture, be creative and reuse the old one. You can easily transform an old bench into a new piece by simply reassembling or painting it, but make sure to use UV-proof and solvent-free colours to minimise air pollution. If there’s a harbour in your vicinity, you can easily obtain old ship sails, recycle them and use them for outdoor furniture. Since the fabric is weather-resistant, you don’t have to worry about it when it rains.

Bring Indoors Out

The idea of bringing indoors out will make your outdoor area completely unique and stylish. You can start by opting for comfortable and luxurious indoor furniture that will reflect your interior design. By adding some accent elements, you can really make a décor statement; for example, you can use a beautiful rug as a focal point in your outdoor haven. You can blend indoors and outdoors by using the same fabrics, patterns and colour schemes or opting for the same theme.

Outdoor Furniture Options

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If outdoor furniture is more to your taste, you’ll be happy to hear that there are many different options that will create a relaxed atmosphere. The classic choice when it comes to material is wood that you can use in combination with iron, resin, teak and stainless steel. You shouldn’t forget to include a lovely wooden dining set, since there’s nothing better than having lunch with your family outside while enjoying a beautiful day. Principles that you should also consider when furnishing your outdoor area are multi-functionality and flexibility – opt for ottomans that can also be used as side tables for the former, and multiple seating options that you can separate or group as you wish for the latter.

The outdoor area deserves as much attention as the indoors, so transform yours by trying out some of these outdoor trends. Just don’t forget to be creative and eco-friendly!