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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.

Looking for a way to brighten up your interior and add a fairytale touch to it? The first step you should take on your redecorating path is actually a step back in order to evaluate the situation. Ask yourself – What do I want to change? After you’ve given this some thought, make a list of your preferred redecorating tasks and start taking them off the list one by one. In case you’re in need of inspiration, here are some of the most practical and stylish ways to make your interior pop.

The surprising luxury of coziness

Have you ever wondered what makes a cabin so cozy and inviting? Try focusing on the many cushions, throws and knits in this picture you imagine, and then think of how the image would look like if there weren’t any of these comfortable details. Just like in this picture, your home can easily become a cozy oasis if you spice it up with some comfy details. When it comes to colors, try focusing on a natural color palette as a base and mix it with some baby blue, millennial pink or bronze. Earthy tones also have a calming and relaxing effect in interior design. If you want to add more life to the picture, throw in some greenery – you can never have enough plants in a room. Finish this look off by adding some comforting textures and tactile woolen weaves, and you’ll have yourself the coziest room of all.

Enhancing your bathroom space

A very important part of your daily routine is showering, and the condition of your shower might affect your entire bathroom quality more than you think. It’s crucial to consider your bathroom space limitations when positioning your shower, and Australians have a neat trick to do this. You can find quality shower screens in Sydney that offer a variety of styles depending on the shape and structure or the room they rest in, so you can either choose a semi-frameless screen or a built-in sliding screen. Furthermore, this type of shower helps maintain a moisture-free environment so that you don’t have to worry much about water damage and damp. Plus, screen showers are both practical and stylish!

All aboard the eclectic express

If you’re wishing to give your place a bold and sassy touch, think about mixing Hollywood Regency with Art Deco. Can’t imagine how this would look like? Well, then, try reading more about how to create eclectic styles and bring your home’s looks up to the stars. The first secret to eclecticism is that mixes and matches won’t do because contrasts are what matters. Use complementing colors to add balance to any eclectic interior, and bolder you go with your choice of palette – the better. Whether it’s electric blues and ginger reds or lemon greens and floral pinks, the same rule stands. You can also use hue to make balance, for example by introducing ochre and rose to royal blue or ruby elements. When it comes to mixing different styles, it’s important to focus on one style as a base and implement elements of the other style piece by piece.

Matte is the new black

Finishes matter more than you actually notice when your interior is concerned. If you’re fond of lighter tones when it comes to furniture, then the best way to finish this look is by adding matte black finishes. There’s a reason black and matte are a winning combo, and this is due to their subtle yet eye-catching appearance. Black linings, door handles and appliances look sophisticated and elegant in any room, bust mostly in bathrooms and kitchens. They are also very versatile, so they can complement wood, metal or plastic, adding to each material a contemporary and more modern touch. Matte black is also great for finishing vanity hardware or pendant lights and chandeliers. Basically, it’s safe to say you can’t go wrong with this majestic combo of matte and black.

Remember that the key is to take baby steps so that you can evaluate the situation before it’s too late to change your mind. Once you paint your walls in orange, it’s not that easy to repaint them just so they can match your new couch. When in doubt, consult the list you hopefully made at the beginning of this text and focus on sticking to the plan that will lead you to an enchanting home.

The moving day is usually very hectic and exciting, but unfortunately, it can also be very stressful – especially when there are unpleasant surprises in the form of broken or damaged furniture items. Delicate things, like artwork, antiques, mirrors, and similar, can’t just be loaded into a truck and driven away; they have to be handled with care. With that in mind, here’s how you can protect your fragile furniture when moving.

Grandfather clock
If you happen to have one of those old grandfather clocks, you probably don’t want to see it broken. After all, their sentimental value is usually much bigger than their financial one. So, to make sure it doesn’t get damaged, remove any weights and pendulums from it, secure any moving parts, and pack it or crate it. Since it’s usually very heavy, make sure there’s enough padding in the box, and you should have nothing to worry about.

Large photos, paintings, and mirrors

The best way to pack larger photos and canvas paintings is to put them face down on a piece of bubble wrap that is about double the width of the painting. Then, tape the bubble wrap around the painting, and pack the painting in a bit bigger box. Of course, you should label every box, so you know which boxes you need to be more careful with. Moreover, when you start loading the boxes onto the moving truck, make sure they are placed standing up; it reduces the chance of damage. Also, if you can, try to put them in between mattresses, sofas, or some other upholstered furniture. The same goes for mirrors, just don’t forget to secure any hardware that goes with the mirror.

Smaller photos and artwork

Smaller artwork should also be wrapped in bubble wrap and secured with some tape. You can pack more items together in medium-size boxes, label the boxes, and put them on top of some softer furniture, so they are safe during transport. Make sure not to pack too many pictures in one box, though; you don’t want it to fall apart while being carried. Keep in mind that the extra space can always be filled in with lighter items, like linen or paper.

Rent a truck

Since you know exactly how fragile your furniture is, what is in which box, and how valuable all those items are, the best would be to rely on the help of professionals and hire a moving company. Sometimes the best thing you can do is to let somebody else handle your delicate items. This would allow you to organize everything else the way you want it, and not worry about anything getting damaged. Just make sure to give appropriate tips to those professionals. After all, they will be caring delicate and probably some pretty expensive stuff.

3D art

3D artwork, like shadow boxes or block letters, are quite popular decorative elements. However, moving them can become a bit tricky. The safest way to do it is by wrapping them in bubble wrap, just like photos, and packing them vertically. You can also add in some pillows, stuffed toys, or some other soft linen, for some extra padding.

China plates

If you have any expensive china plates, the safest way to pack them is by using barrel cartons. The bottom of the carton can be layered with packing peanuts or crumpled paper for some padding. Needless to say, before you place the plates in the box, you should first wrap them all individually. You should place them in the carton sideways, so there’s room for fillers. You can fill in any extra space with more papers, and make sure not to place anything heavy on the carton.

Smaller sculptures

Packing sculptures is always scary since it only takes one wrong step to break them. Moreover, sculptures like swans, elephants, and most animals, have extended parts that are especially vulnerable to being snapped off. In order to protect a sculpture, you need to cover it in plastic wrap first – to protect the finish. Then, wrap the vulnerable parts of the sculpture in bubble wrap. After you’re done with the vulnerable parts, you can wrap the entire sculpture. Once you’re finished with that step, you should end up with an egg shape, which you can then put in a box with some padding.

Larger sculptures

First, you need to know the approximate weight of the sculpture so you can choose an appropriate box. Sometimes, a cardboard box will simply not do, and you’d need a wooden crate instead. If the sculpture is not too heavy (depends on the material it’s made of), you can, perhaps, use a cardboard box – but with a lot of padding. Either way, wooden crates, in general, are a good thing to have. They are sturdy, and they are noticeable, which means that they are less likely to be mishandled. And even if they do, whatever is in them is more likely to survive the moving process.

When it comes to moving, the last thing you want is to start unpacking your things only to find some of your most valuable items damaged or broken beyond repair. So, make sure to pack every fragile item correctly, pay attention to how you stack the boxes in the truck, and they will be safe in your new home in no time.

Have you ever walked into a house or apartment that has such a fresh scent that instantly makes you feel welcomed?

Odor has a great impact on people. The fifth sense plays a significant role in social cues, experiences, memories, and in addition, recent studies prove the connection between scent and mood changes.

As you see, picking the right aroma is an important step in making your home feel cozy and welcoming. We at Smooth Decorator recommend using blends of fragrances in different rooms of your home and create a soothing and relaxing atmosphere. Continue reading to find out which essential oil scents will be proper for every area at your place.

Best Essential Oils for the Bathroom

Keep your bathroom fresh with organic, eco-friendly essential oils. There is a wild variety of fragrances to choose from. It all comes down to personal preferences, but the most commonly used scents for bathrooms are from pine, lemon, and Tea tree. The last two have antifungal properties and act as a disinfectant.

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Put a few drops in plug-in diffusers to keep the air crisp all day long. Another idea is to place a bowl of dried flowers sprayed with essential oils in your bathroom. This organic potpourri will not only freshen up the air in your lavatory but will also serve as a beautiful decor.

If you want to create a calming vibe make sure to add eucalyptus essential oils to your diffuser.

Best Essential Oils for the Bedroom

Your bedroom is often our sanctuary. There is nothing better than curling up in bed after a long, tiring day. That’s why it is important to create a peaceful and relaxing atmosphere at home.

Natural Bulgarian lavender essential oils are an amazing choice for any bedroom because of their natural calming effects. Sip a few lavender drops in your diffuser or if you are aiming for a more straight application, use a combination of the essential oils with water and put it in a spray bottle.

Sprinkle the solution on your bedsheets afterward.

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However, the bedroom is not only for resting, and if you are in the mood to “spice things up” and invoke intimacy, your top choice would be exotic essential oil fragrances. Use the powerful, floral scent of jasmine, rose or sandalwood and put a few drops on your pillowcases.

Another tip is to infuse cotton balls with scented oils and place them in your wardrobe or even in your underwear drawer. They’ll freshen up the air and enrich your bedroom with an intimate, seductive vibe.

Best Essential Oils for the Living Room

If you want to sweeten the air in your living room and simply relax, mix a few drops of fir or pine oils with water in a spray bottle. Unburden the stress and enjoy the natural forest scent. Studies show that odors that remind of nature can lower your blood pressure.

Another tip to shift the stale air in your living room is to put a few drops of essential oils on your carpet.

Here’s how to do it:

  1. Combine water with baking soda and 10-15 drops of your preferred scent and put it in a spray bottle.
  2. Let the mixture sit for a few days and make sure to shake the bottle before you use it.
  3. After you sprinkle the concoction let it sit for a while and vacuum afterward.

If you are a pet owner, you will be pleased to know that this is a great way to get rid of animal odors from your living room, especially in combo with a 100$ budget-friendly purifier.

Check out the rest of our guides for a cozy living room:

Best Essential Oils for the Kitchen

We all love delicious, homemade food but we definitely don’t like smells that lingers after cooking is done. And what a great way to eliminate the unpleasant odors than using natural lemon-scented essential oils!

The citrus fruit is a natural disinfectant and can remove bacteria and fungi. Simply put a few drops in your plug-in diffuser. Don’t worry if you don’t have such a device. Use the following trick:

  • While cooking, put an extra pot filled with water on the stove.
  • After the water boils, turn down the heat and add a few drops of essential oils, such as citruses or cinnamon for example.
  • This is a simple and inexpensive way to freshen up the air in your kitchen.

Want to experiment with the interior design of your kitchen? Take a look at these tips:

Best Essential Oils for the Laundry Room

Give your laundry a garden-fresh scent by using essential oils as a natural fabric softener. Combine a few drops of your favorite odor with powdered, unscented laundry detergent. Blend pine and copaiba oil fragrances and enjoy the refreshing forest aroma.

On the other hand, if you are aiming towards a more calming feeling, a combination of lavender and citruses essential oils should do the work.

Best Essential Oils for the Attic/Basement

Attics and basements are often visited by unwanted guests such as squirrels and insects. Even though the “furry friends” are cute, they are quite noisy and can cause damage to your attic.

The solution to the problem is simple – use peppermint oil. It is a natural repellent for squirrels. Infuse cotton balls with a few drops of the scent and hide them in different places of the area. As an added bonus, the peppermint scent will keep the air in the attic crisp.

Another way of dealing with pests is to use cedarwood essential oils. It is the best option for places like these because it keeps insects at bay and also freshens up the stale air.

Best Essential Oils for the Home Office

Put yourself in “work mode” with the help of Rosemary essential oil scent. It is proven to boost creativity, memory capacity and improve performance. This is why it is a great choice to use in your home office.

Another tip is to put fresh coffee beans in a glass jar. They will keep you alert as they’ll act as sensory stimuli and moreover make great decor for your workspace.

Summary

As you can see, essential oils are a great way to create the perfect atmosphere for your home. There are numerous combinations of scents for every area in your place, so get creative. Furthermore, essential oils play a main role in eco-friendly cleaning and as an added bonus, they are budget-friendly.

There is no denying the fact that a clean and organized living space is a lot more comfortable, relaxing, and inviting than a cluttered one. While most homeowners pay much attention to keeping their interior spaces sparkling clean, the same doesn’t hold for outdoor spaces. What they don’t realize is that it is just as easy for an outdoor area like the patio to look untidy and messy, which can take away from their purpose to relax and enjoy the great outdoors or host fun dinner parties.

Clearing up a cluttered patio is pretty simple, and it will make your patio a whole lot more functional. Here are some ways to get rid of the clutter and give your patio a fresh, new look:

Decide the purpose of your patio

Every homeowner has a different goal they wish for their patio to fulfill. Perhaps you just want a cozy place where your family can sit back and relax in the evening, and the kids can play. Or maybe you are after a more sophisticated vibe to impress your guests when you host your next dinner. Some people use their patios to grow plants and do a bit of gardening. Knowing what you want to do with your patio can help you decide which of your existing items should stay and which things you don’t want.

Get rid of the clutter

Once you know the purpose of your patio, it is time to get rid of any clutter you don’t need. Start with any of the items first that takes more space, such as furniture, tables, planters, and pots before you begin sorting the smaller things. Once the big stuff is out of the way, the place will automatically start looking tidier.

Any items that are too dirty, broken, or worn out to be used should be thrown away. If you have a large patio and much clutter to get rid of, it is a good idea to seek the help of experts who deal with rubbish removal Sydney; they can get rid of your junk quickly and efficiently and take some of the burdens of cleaning off of you.

Make a style statement with lighting

Good lighting doesn’t just allow you to enjoy your patio after the sun has gone down, but it can also help you make a style statement. If you have a small patio, string lights or LED candles can provide sufficient lighting for a warm, relaxing feel. Remember, a patio doesn’t need much light; you need to aim for a soft glow that illuminates the various sections of the courtyard. For instance, you would want some light near the dining area and some sun to highlight the plants or pathways.

Pick the right furniture

Your choice of furniture, especially the seating arrangement, can make or break your experience of relaxing on your patio at the end of the day, and so, it is essential to get it right. Whether you want a daybed, lounge chair or hammock to sit back and relax in is entirely your choice. Just make sure you have some lovely pillows and a cozy blanket to match. Investing in some floor pillows is also a good idea for added seating space.

Invest in storage boxes

Every patio has some supplies that are used regularly but do not need to be out in the open at all times. For instance, you might have blankets, cushions, and pillows for the couch that you regularly use when relaxing on the patio, but leaving them on the sofa could expose them to dirt and reduce their lifespan.

For such items that you wish to keep in the courtyard but just don’t want to be visible, you can invest in storage boxes. You can store anything in these boxes, from gardening supplies and kids’ toys to random bits and bobs that you have lying around. Using these boxes will keep your patio looking a lot more organized.

The Bottom Line

By getting rid of any unnecessary clutter and investing in the right accessories and furniture, even a small patio can turn into a lovely place to unwind at the end of your tiring day. So, start working on building the patio of your dreams today – it is one of the best investments you can make as a homeowner!

The flooring of your home is central to its overall aesthetic. The main issue with your flooring is that it is the foundation of your space. And if this foundation looks old and beaten down, then your space also looks the same. Everyone dreams of having a fantasy-like home where everything looks like it has been put onto the cover of a catalog. But with real houses come actual life issues, such as damage caused by pets and children. This is a simple yet effective way to cause serious wear and tear to the flooring of your home. And this can be a huge issue, especially if you are thinking of reselling. 

There are many reasons why people recommend upgrading your floor every now and then. If you are entertaining guests or have potential buyers coming in, you want to look your best. And if your home does not showcase that because of your old flooring, then your picture-perfect fantasy is gone. Having a floor in mint condition that matches the theme and design of your house is essential. It gives structure and purpose to each room in the house and makes everything look new. So, in order to have an upgrade, you need to start fresh. You will have to completely change your floors, courtesy of Flooring Removal in Sydney, and begin the process. It is an understatement that your flooring is vital to your home. Here are a few reasons why: 

flooring

  • A Lasting First Impression 

It is a false belief that first impressions don’t last. The impact of a first impression can go a long way, and the same can be said for your flooring. Your floor is a way of greeting friends and family when they visit. It is a way of showing how well kept your house is. It is also a good way to grab the attention of potential buyers. Whatever the case may be, the flooring in your house matters and should be taken care of. 

  • The Design of Your Home is Affected 

When people walk into your house, your floor lets them know of its condition. This matters a lot as a lot can be found from the flooring. People will assess your space because flooring takes up a lot of real estates. They will note tiny details underfoot, such as any sounds or cracks. They will see if the design and size of the room match your floor and if the aesthetic is good enough. So whether you want your house to look warm, snug, cool, or huge depends on the kind of flooring you have.

  • Displaying the Function of a Room

Your flooring will represent the functionality of the room it is in. Wooden flooring, for example, matches the feel of a living room. On the other hand, bathrooms need a set color of tiles to look good. The options you pick will instantly let people know what kind of room they are in and what it is meant for. The wear and tear of the flooring also say a lot about your home. So it is wise to make the right decision. 

  • Showcasing Your Artistic Taste 

Flooring is all about creating and experience. The ambiance that it portrays matches your personal taste and style. As there are hundreds of different options to choose from, everyone can find something. For people with particular tastes, there is a range to represent what appeases to them. With unique patterns and interesting designs, you can make your home look distinct and new. 

  • Your House’s Value is Increased 

One of the best aspects of having good flooring is the impact it has on value. The overall price of your home increases automatically if you have invested in a high-quality floor plan. Even if you are not selling your property, it is always good to have this on your side. New floors should be a part of all home renovations as they drive up the value instantly.   
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Why Upgrading Your Flooring is a Good Idea 

Upgrading your flooring is always a good idea during renovations. While it is not an easy or affordable decision, it is essential to the look and value of your home. You will have to consider the practical function of the flooring you choose, along with its maintenance. If you have children or pets, you might be worried about immediate damage or you may even fret about the budget. All of these things will not matter when you want the interior of the house to look beautiful. So here are five reasons why you should upgrade your flooring: 

  • Find Something Easy to Maintain 

The best part about going for an upgrade is that flooring is easy to maintain. Not only are new floors easier to clean, such as hardwood, but they do not wear down either. These floors can be swept and vacuumed every other day to keep up their fresh look. They also do not accumulate dirt or debris and the best part is that even if you do not clean for a while, they will not look dirty, unlike carpets. So with stain resistance and a new style, this is a good reason for an upgrade. 

  • Take Advantage of Durability

Upgraded floors last longer and are durable. This means that even as the years go by, they will continue to look beautiful and attractive. Even if you choose to refurbish them, it will only take a few extra costs. Once you have floors that are well kept and maintained, there is no issue with refinishes or renovations. They will look great for a long time and will continue to prove that the investment was worth it. 

  • Choose from Different Varieties of Color

When you choose a new flooring plan, you get to pick the color. This is a good time to dig into your artistic side and try something new. You can opt for darker shades that give a bold statement or go with light hues for a subtle look. The style and the aesthetic will depend entirely on the color you choose and it will have a big effect. So when you go for an upgrade, you can pick something vibrant and fun which will stay for many years. 

  • Boost the Value of Your Home With a New Plan 

The concept of value in today’s market is not “bigger is better”. Instead there is more focus on planning and strategy which applies to the floor and its upgrades. So it does not matter how much living space you have as long as it is utilized properly. What this means is that if you go with an open floor plan and add flexibility, buyers will appreciate it. As it tops the list of the most desired home features, people are willing to pay more. This is especially good if you are looking to sell because you can up the price significantly.

  • Opt for Your Aesthetic and its Appeal 

Flooring upgrades range from full removals to simple refinishes. No matter what you choose, you can find your own aesthetic in it. From mahogany to cherry, and even simpler options, you can find your own appeal in the plan. The transformation that follows reflects the people how you view your home and what it means to you. Not only is this an elegant change, but it is subtle in its impact. 

floor plan

Conclusion

In conclusion, upgrading your flooring plan is a good idea. Not only does it significantly improve your house’s value, but it also adds to the overall look. Upgrading the floors can range from smaller changes to larger ones, like refurbishing and coloring. An upgrade should add more and not take away from what already exists. So whatever you opt for, make sure it fits your preference and the design of your home.

Kitchen cabinetry remodel can be done any time of the year as fits your schedule. Here’s the truth: the best time for renovation in Bob’s house may not be the best time in Jenny’s tiny home. Meanwhile, Steve lives in a van and uses a hamper as a cabinet. Everybody is different. The best time to remodel your cabinets will have some variance.

This writing will focus on a few general things you want to take into account as you determine when is best to remodel. For example, if you remodel “in season”, you’ve got a better chance of getting the right contracting help and having the job go faster. If you remodel “out of season”, you might get better deals on cabinets, but worse deals on contractors.

When it comes to remodel, for a lot of good reasons, spring tends to initiate projects. There is a lot of walking in and out during renovation. Many different tools must be used, and when the weather is not too hot or cold, it’s ideal to get such work done. When it’s cold contractors track in the snow. When it’s hot, everybody sweats.

Spring And Summer Sweet Spots


For most people, the sweet spot will either be in spring, or after summer. However, because spring also initiates “real estate” season, many want to get the work done before they list.

So with remodeling specifically, your sweet spot may be late August to early October, depending on the seasons where you live and the availability of materials. Summer is usually a fine remodeling time, but it depends on your region. It can get hot. Spring and summer are most popular; hardly anybody remodels in winter.

Co-Opting The Internet

You might want to consider purchasing cabinetry options from the internet. There are always going to be options online which are available when those in brick-and-mortar stores dry up. Also, a physical store will have a selection vastly limited over what’s available through an online outlet. Just to help give you an idea, check out these kitchen cabinets for sale.

Online options also feature the latest innovations in cabinetry. Take Ready To Assemble (RTA) cabinets, for instance. These are ordered online to specification, sent to your location, and then you put them together on your time. So when is the most convenient time for you? It’s going to differ per person. With options like RTA, you just determine what is most sensible.

Property Value Considerations


Then there’s the consideration of property. Where is your property in its lifecycle? Is it a new property, are you on the cusp of selling, did you purchase an as-is home? Depending on the answers to these questions, the time to remodel kitchen cabinets will vary.

If you’re planning to sell, get the remodel finished at least six months in advance. If you just bought an as-is property, you might want to renovate as soon as you get it. If you have a new property, the right time to remodel the kitchen and add new cabinets could be a few years away.

Budgeting is also something that will help you determine the proper time for remodeling. Remember, more money doesn’t always equate to a better investment. If you pour a million dollars into a property in a neighborhood where nobody’s buying, even if it’s worth more, you might never sell; so the investment is wasted unless you want opulence for your own use.

Meanwhile, if you just clean things, repair things, add a lick of paint, and go the cheap route, you could very well create a more valuable property with only minimal investment. You want to make your renovations match your budget, and budget carefully. Consultation can help you spend not too little and not too much—each property has a sweet spot.

Be Flexible

Going the DIY route will generally yield the best results in terms of cost savings, but this isn’t always the case. With any renovation, things tend to go over time and budget; understand that and give yourself a monetary cushion. Start the job when you’ve got a few months where you could have an upended kitchen and it does not disrupt the flow of daily life.

At the end of the day, your best remodeling time will depend on you, and your specific situation. Generally, it’s going to start in spring or autumn owing to the weather and economy, but be advised: a one month job can become three pretty quick, even if you know what you’re doing. So give yourself wiggle room.

Remember a few years ago any house you walk in was either all white or gray? This trend has changed and now paint color trends for 2020 are no longer timid drop backs for more significant furnishings.

In fact, the paint color takes the center stage. We see more drama in cozy shades of brown that remind us of the simple pleasures of hot chocolate with a cinnamon roll or a sweet taste of the not-so-healthy decadent dessert we all crave. Perhaps, because these are forbidden pleasures nowadays, people voted and major paint companies, such as Farrow and Ball came up with the collection of dramatic and sumptuous new paint colors.

Have a look:

Above is the color collage I created for your reference of cozy shades of brown that are very much on-trend in 2020. They are not related to any actual paint manufacturers. But, depending on the paint store you use and the color you like, you can give them the number to march with their paints.

Here are my favorite brands as well as paint colors I love for 2020:

Farrow and Ball Deep Reddish Brown

Source: Farrow & Ball Deep Reddish Brown

Deep Reddish Brown will add focus to a room with simple furniture in blond wood. It works great with gold and beige as well.

The above photo shows my interior design project – a classical conservatory with large windows. We painted the walls dark brown with a purple undertone to highlight the room’s architecture. In truth, my client was reluctant to agree to such a deep color but then she loved the final result with all the other selections that we made for her traditional taste.

Lighter paint colors that are on-trend in 2020

Ultimately, deep paint colors are not for everyone, no matter if it’s a trend or not. If you like lighter colors but would like an updated look, consider a lighter shade.

Behr Raisin in the Sun

For example, Raisin in the Sun by Behr is a very pretty modern paint color that works with gray, white or softer pink. You can use it in any room, even kids’ rooms. It is very similar to my favorite, Sulking Room Pink by Farrow and Ball. Since this color is present in so many variations within the fashion industry as well as interior design I predict that it will stay in style for a long time.

Another beautiful and almost neutral paint color that made an appearance in major interior design trade shows all over the world is Farrow and Ball Peignoir.

It is perfect for both classical and modern rooms. Whether you use this paint color to decorate a bathroom or a dining room it will always look different in a different light. So, bottom line, you won’t get tired of it soon.

What is your take on paint color trends for 2020? Which one is your favorite?

 

Guest post by Marina Klima

About the author: Marina Klima is an award-winning interior designer, blogger, and a humble human being. She hangs out at her blog, My Decorating Tips where she spends her time helping families to make their home decorating projects easier and more fun.

Remodeling a house into your dream home is an elaborate project. There are a number of things to consider before you jump in, which includes the budget, aesthetics, time, and energy. Mind you, the possibility of a large closet is impractical for a small home. Hiring professionals and getting them to carry out instructions as you like is no mean feat. A tip for more productive results could be by tackling them into segments to keep things manageable. Let’s start with the outside so your house can make a solid impact.

Begin at the beginning; make a list of all the things you do not like or those that need to be redone. For example, does the scorching sun, shine right over your pool, blinding the swimmers on hot days? Maybe you would like to enjoy a cold summer beverage in your front yard, with a book in hand. Well, retractable folding arm awnings can do just the trick. It can not only provide shade but also repurpose your space into a sitting area. If your home is one of those classical structures that do not need much to make them shine, awnings will be a favorable addition to your house.

Plants

If you are not an avid gardener, choose plants that are easy to care for. Do you have shrubs lining the front of your home? If yes, small shrubs like boxwood can be given rounded shapes for some symmetry. Leafy plants like long-leaved ferns can stand sentries next to your door, while the pathway that leads to it can be covered in cobblestones with large tiles placed apart for ease of walking.

Perhaps you have a space large enough to accommodate dining when the weather and mood call for it. In such a case, stay away from plants that attract pollinating insects. They can be planted away from the dining area close to your garden’s (or yard’s) wall. Consider the general wind direction and get your gardener to grow scented flowering plants in the enclosed space close to your entryway so that it gives out fragrance to anyone who enters. Evergreen plants or variegated ones add color to your yard and gives it an inviting vibe. Install a swinging bench nearby, a pool or a pond, and your barbecue nights will be the best. 

Outdoor Furniture

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Since we are outdoors, the furniture you select will have to be sturdy enough to bear the weather conditions. Comfortable yet practical, something that is easy to wash. In sunny areas, the seats and cushions can get very hot. If you have a pavilion big enough to be turned into a dining area, you can get elegant chairs and set them up in a symmetrical fashion for a classic look.

A great idea to beautify your space is to paint the floors. Vibrant colors can transport any outdoor space. You can use a bright table cloth or painted chairs to set up the lounge area on your deck. Bring out the cushions and some wine – it’s the perfect setting to enjoy a good book. If you wish to give your backyard sitting space a friendly view, start by gathering bamboo or wicker furniture with a table that can double as a tea trolley. Collect other rustic items or collectibles from around the house, and you have space where you can enjoy some great conversations over tea and scones.

Can you recycle?

Depending on the amount of cash you are willing to part with, you can install old or recycled slabs of granite to act as a low bench. Use an old tire to fashion into a swing. Put some paint on it and add a cushion for a comfortable seat. Upcycled crates can be turned into a side table that can hold wine or books. String lights and leftover buntings are also great options for your outdoor space.

Lighting

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Do you recall the old-fashioned gas lamps from movies depicting ancient English alleyways? Antique lamps still look quite warm, be they floor ones like the ones depicted in the first garden or those that hangover from a post. Lighted pathways and bright cooking areas add character to your visual space. Lanterns along the garden path evoke interest in the landscape. You can have a dense shrubbery with tall and leafy borders. But with lanterns installed, you will never have to worry about having enough light or people hesitating to pass through at night.

Invite the sun into your outdoor living area. You can install a roof of corrugated plastic that will allow the sun in, and yet provide enough shade to allow for lounging and dining. A rooftop deck can be fashioned into an outdoor sitting area too. All it needs is some metal fencing and simple furniture. It would work on cloudy days when the sun isn’t too bright and at night with electric light fixtures. This design is best carried out if the surrounding area has tall trees of ample foliage to give some privacy.

Add a television

Adding a television may seem strange at first if you have never seen it set up outdoors, but if done the right way, it is the only thing missing from a great outdoor experience. With cushioned seating arrangements and a cozy fireplace, a perfect post-dinner activity may consist of coffee with a movie playing on the screen. The tv can be set up in an enclosed space to protect it from the weather or on to your brick wall. You can even take your screen to an open deck with an awning or a roof. This arrangement can get your sports matches sorted while lounging on deck chairs and enjoying the weather.

Do you see how all bars have a television overhead? You can fashion your outdoor space into a makeshift bar too. Imagine a long marble countertop running at one end of covered outdoor space with a large oven cum grill at one corner, complete with wooden chairs and a television overhead.

The Final Word

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When it comes to designing outdoor spaces, there are endless options to choose from. You must first consider what you want out of your project – is it a space that looks gloomy, something missing that you wish to add, or make your dream house? In any case, do your homework before you go all out, tearing the walls apart. The best makeovers are making the existing features shine: the boulders in your backyard, the lush trees that can be seen beyond your bedroom window, the pathway in your garden, or old furniture that hasn’t been used in years. It is a smart idea to put them into use.

Living in a house with a backyard is one of the most enjoyable and beautiful things in the world! And if you’re one of those people who live in a house with some exterior space, you probably know how fortunate you are.  However, not just any outdoor space will do, and you need to make sure your backyard is actually functional and purposeful. This means investing some time and effort into spicing it up from time to time and maintaining it regularly.  But, if you manage to give your backyard all the love and care it deserves, you’ll make it look nicer and more special than ever. If that’s something you’d like to do as well, here are a few ideas you might want to look into. 

Build a swimming pool

This might be one of the most difficult backyard projects in the world, but it’s one of those ideas that go a long way too. That’s why investing your time and energy into building a pool makes a ton of sense and is something you should do as well. You can always try doing that on your own, of course, and create a pool that will fit every member of your family. Dedicate some time to learning a few basic things first, though, and only then should you start with the actual process. Alternatively, you can hire experts who can build you a pool in a matter of weeks and make it more beautiful than you ever could. This is a serious investment, so define your budget and your plans first, and try to do everything right.

Spice up your patio

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If your backyard has a patio, this is where you probably spend a ton of your time. Unfortunately, not just any patio is good enough for you and your family, which is why you need to spice it up every now and then. Start by decluttering this space and removing absolutely everything you don’t need in there. This will create more space and give you a chance to enjoy your patio even more than before. After that, dedicate some time to your patio furniture – repaint and reupholster it, or simply buy some second-hand furniture from your local thrift shop. Finally, add a few finishing touches – blankets, cushions, and flowers are something most homeowners do, but you can go a step further. Be sure to explore those beautiful plantation shutters that will make your patio look wonderful and add some style to your interior space as well. 

Get some protection

Most backyards have a deck or a patio, which is why lots of people love spending their free time there. Whether you’re hanging out with your friends, spending quality time with your family, or doing something on your own, being in the open is always better. This is particularly true for people living in hot areas with lots of sunny days. However, if it’s too hot, you’re going to have to protect your outdoor hangout spot, especially if your kids are spending hours there as well. Doing this is rather easy, though, and you can use protective pergolas and gazebos that aren’t just effective against too much sunshine, but also look quite amazing. This way, your outdoor area will be nicer and safer than ever.

Maintain your lawn

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Some people aren’t fans of spending time in the open, but that doesn’t mean their backyard deserves no love at all. On the contrary, these are the people who need an amazing lawn more than anybody else. To maintain your lawn might not look easy, but it’s actually quite doable as long as you get organized. Remove your weeds, aerate the lawn, apply some new seeds, water the lawn regularly, and don’t forget to mow it at least once a week. That way, your lawn will remain healthy, and your backyard will look fantastic. According to London-based lawn care professional Pol Bishop, a neat and tidy backyard will also inspire all your neighbors to do the same. Good-looking landscape can dramatically change how a neighborhood looks and feels like,

Final remarks

Giving your backyard love, care, and attention isn’t always easy, but it’s something you just have to do. Keep the end result in mind and find ideas that go a long way, and you’ll be able to enjoy your backyard in the decades to come as well.

Who doesn’t want to throw themselves on a comfy bed after a hectic day at work? Everyone wants to have a place where they can relax and peace out. After all, sleeping always refills energy levels in an individual. 

A comfortable bed with a relaxing atmosphere guarantees you a good night’s sleep. Therefore, it’s imperative to invest in a reliable bed set – because no one should compromise on sleep. If you are skeptical about your choice, look for Scandia Home luxury bedding for some breath-taking designs and ideas. 

Not having enough sleep at night can drain your energy levels and make you feel lethargic all the time. It usually happens when your mattress is hard, or your pillow is too high, leaving your neck muscles in discomfort. If you think that your bed needs alterations since you don’t find it satisfying, have a look at these tips to make your bed more comfortable. 

Invest in Soft Pillows

You might think hard pillows help in keeping head straight up to avoid neck pains. These are nothing but myths because if a pillow is hard, it can result in headaches and back pains. The pillows are supposed to be soft so that you sleep comfortably, but it doesn’t mean you can grab any soft cushion. 

Some soft pillows may not be a burden on your pocket, but they can cost your muscles a great deal because these get bland after some time. You might wonder why does it cost so much? Well, the good ones are expensive but worth every penny. They have high-quality foam and microfibers, allowing you to sleep better. They are also made up of breathable material, allowing air to pass through it. 

A Lavish Comforter

It’s right to say that a bed is incomplete without an excellent comforter, a savior from the cold. A lavish comforter is weightless and breathable, letting the air pass through, so you don’t feel suffocated with your head down in it. 

Investing in a lavish comforter could be the best thing to do because of its durability. So, don’t step back when it comes to spending on a down comforter. 

Mattress Toppers

Who doesn’t like a cozy yet comfortable bed? Mattress toppers are designed to make your bed softer and relaxing. It’s a great way to add a layer of comfort on your bed without the need of spending too much. Moreover, it also enhances the quality of your sleep

Some people complain of having pressure points, and a mattress topper is known to reduce these points due to its extra soft and smooth material. So, if you think your mattress isn’t like how you want it to be, get yourself a mattress topper. Apart from being super affordable, it’s readily available too!

Thicker bedsheets

Don’t you think thin bed sheets are too last year now? Everyone wants thicker bedsheets on a cozy bed for a peaceful sleep at night. The rule for comfortable beds is loads and loads of foam, and this makes the bed incredibly soft.

Thicker bed sheets have a smooth and soft texture, helping your skin recline against it. Experts suggest ‘linen bed sheets over cotton ones’ because they are more calming. 

Get a Body Pillow

Pampering yourself isn’t a bad thing at all. In this growing era of competition, self-love is essential. So how about getting a body pillow? This pillow is more relaxing than it sounds. It comes in different sizes and variations so select the one based on your body size, weight, height, and sleeping style. 

The most popular one is the ‘U-shaped body pillow.’ Most people think it’s for pregnant women, but everyone else is free to use and relax from it. It’s the most comfortable thing you can get because it provides support to your whole body. 

From teens to adults, everyone complains of body pains and aches, this pillow allows your body to unwind by providing rest to your head, hips, and back correctly. Once you get used to this pillow, there’s no way you’re sleeping without it. 

Cozy canopies

Canopies make beds cozy and comfy, adding a layer of amenity. It’s just a fabric draped on the corners of the bed, and many people like it because it creates a relaxing atmosphere in the room. Usually, these canopies make couches look like a shell due to which people feel comfortable. 

Moreover, these canopies make your room look more pleasant and aesthetic. However, if you like an open environment, then getting canopies won’t be the ideal choice for you. 

Scented Candles

Sometimes, the conditions of the city possess a tacky smell in the atmosphere. It can ruin the environment of your house too. Here’s when you can use some scented candles to breathe the layer of peace and comfort.

You can select the fragrance as per your liking, and it comes in different flavors. You can light this up anytime, even when you’re off to sleep. It would light up your whole room with an amazing smell, making you feel relaxed and comfortable in the bed. 

Grab a Silk Pillow Cover

Believe it or not, silk is one of the softest and soothing fabrics. Don’t you feel super comfy and soft while wearing silk clothes? You can get silk pillow covers to make your bed more comfortable. 

For all those people who have sensitive skin, this can be your ultimate option. The soft texture would complement your skin, helping you sleep peacefully. Moreover, it’s the best pillow cover for summers because silk has a surface that stays frigid all the time. As far as the cost is concerned, it comes in affordable price ranges.

A Fluffy Throw on the Top

There is an inner child in all of us who loves fluffy toys, rugs, cushions, and pillows. Unsurprisingly, fluffy things are very satisfying and comfortable. You can play with the softness of fluffs all day long. If you enjoy it, then get yourself a fluffy throw, which you can spread on the top of your bed. 

If you are in a cold region, then you can also look for a fluffy blanket. The only drawback is that it would make it very difficult for you to get out of bed. 

Final Verdict 

Lack of comfort can disrupt sleep, which hinders your performance the whole day. When it comes to relaxing and chilling, you don’t have to make any compromise and design your bed as comfy as possible. If you don’t know how to go about it, have a look above for tips to make your bed more comfortable.