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Molly Amilson

Decorating can be a fun task, especially if one really enjoys it. Let’s decorate your living room like your dream room. Here, we are talking about how to find the perfect carpet, which gives an outstanding look with a white sofa. Yes, I am going to tell you some easy tips, which will definitely help to find out the perfect carpet for your living area.

Select the color combination

This is one of the most important things to figure out. Imagine picking the right color combination for a rug that will match a white sofa. One can use bright, vibrant colors and something that pops, however one really has to be careful whilst picking a good quality handmade rug that matches the decor and interiors, keeping a white sofa in mind. Some of our suggestions are as under:

Woolen carpet in vibrant colors

If you have kids and pets then woolen carpets are the best for your living room. The combination of dark color with light color is always a great idea and gives a beautiful look. Handmade woolen carpet is made of the finest quality of New Zealand wool and provides a cozy feel to your room. A hand-knotted carpet contains an intricate pattern with small motifs. The carpet below has a medallion design, which is a traditional pattern. If your home interiors are in traditional style then this is the best choice for your room.

Silk carpet in pink colors

Imagine a white sofa with pink color carpet which is a perfect combination for making its focal point in the room. If your room has less traffic area then you can use this silk carpet. Silk carpets are very exclusive and give a royal look. It can add a luxurious look to your home. Silk carpets are made of pure silk, which is produced in China. China is the best exporter of pure silk. Pure silk is produced by cocoon. That’s why these are expensive. These type of carpets contain multiple designs, ” One of a kind” design pattern in multiple colors but the color combination of pink and white is always unique, especially in silk material.

Now, this is for a traditional home décor style. Now I am going to tell you the perfect carpet in modern style.

Select a modern carpet

I told you that, if you have a stylish sofa which contains design in white color, it is a perfect match for today’s contemporary home decor.  Now I am going to tell you that how to choose a carpet if you have a plain white sofa. You can select geometrical pattern carpet. These are suited with for a white sofa. Modern carpets and Rugs are made of the finest quality of wool with very less design pattern. You can select a carpet, which has the combination of white, gray and black. This color combination provides a calm look to your home. But this color combination is suitable if you don’t have a pet otherwise you can select dark colored carpet or multi-color, which are not easily ruined by pets. Multicolor always matches easily with any colored furniture. Use this carpet and transform your living room like heaven.

Hence, with the above-mentioned ideas, one can easily use different kinds of rugs that would easily match with a white sofa and enhance the interiors of a home decor.

Author of the article is Sakshi Talwar, the editor of Rugs and Beyond blog

If you are planning to renovate the apartment where you live or you’re willing to buy one, for sure you need to have your mind clear about the style you want to adopt.

A Swedish couple wanted to renew their love nest in London so they relied on Pillar, the first crowd sourcing platform of interior design in the world with a community of more than 50 thousand designers and architects. Their request was to remove the cold English style and use the Nordic style of their country.

The apartment had a single flaw on a structural level: it was exposed only on two sides. So the designers needed to project, having to enter the living area, kitchen and dining area and even a small double bed in a space with only two windows.

The couple received 12 projects from different parts of the world, 12 proposals to choose among the winning idea, as always all designers have met the expectations of customers. Anja Nina won the competition. The main color of the Nordic style is white.

Nordic style

This colour is predominant in the entire project, we can see it in the kitchen doors associated with a soft sea water colour, in the furniture that act as a filter between the entrance. Also, all the furniture of the living room and the bedroom are white. She put white in contrast with black in all its shades: in the pattern of the pillows and in the bed linen of the room, in the carpet that covers the floor near the sofa and in the bookstore.

Another key element of the Scandinavian style is wood: this material gives warm feeling and it has the feature to illuminate all the space that surrounds it, an essential condition for this apartment.

entire area

Other designers used wood in their projects. Annie Yakimova decided to use the oak, which is a almost yellowish that releases even more warmth to the entire apartment. The strategy was to use it as a cover material. Indeed, the living area seems to be covered by an oak line that goes from the side of the kitchen and it continues as a work surface and as shelves. This line turns into a small bar table with two stools.

Stylistic tone

Aleksandar Stosic used the same strategy. He decided to add a stylistic tone to wood. All the elements as shelves, panels, frames or supports are in oak as well as the legs of tables and chairs, the interior of the library and the TV stand.

In short, the designer has made a choice of expression. One of the main characteristics of the Scandinavian style is to use geometric shapes. The bathroom is indeed full of colours and shapes that recall famous paintings of MC Escher. Also, the rugs and frames are with geometric shapes.

View projects here:

http://gopillar.com/contests/open-plan-living-area-with-kitchen-hall-bedroom-and-toilette/submissions/signuparchitects

http://gopillar.com/contests/open-plan-living-area-with-kitchen-hall-bedroom-and-toilette/submissions/annie-yakimova

http://gopillar.com/contests/open-plan-living-area-with-kitchen-hall-bedroom-and-toilette/submissions/aleksandar-stosic

As we leave winter behind, we seek to remove its gloomy cloak and replace it with a more colorful and lightweight mantle that will invite invigorating and refreshing feelings into our homes. Spring cleaning is an old ritual we practice at the beginning of this season, but is removing dust and de-cluttering the living room truly enough to fill our homes with much needed optimism? Not really. Fortunately, there are ways for spring to spring into our interiors, without having to spend too much money or invest too much time. Here are some of them.

A Splash of Color

Painting the walls has always been the easiest way to make a change in your interior design. You would be surprised how something simple as changing the color or refreshing the existing shade can breathe new life into a space. White is always a safe way to go, but you can also “spring up” your walls with pastels like pale pink, serene blue, green, lavender, pale yellow, etc.

Say Hello to “Greenery”

Speaking of colors, we can’t help but mention Pantone’s optimistic color of the year – Greenery. It is a zesty yellowish green that is described by Pantone’s think-tank, as nature’s neutral. A color that symbolizes renewal and spring itself should find its place in your decorating efforts. If you consider it too bright to use on the walls, you can introduce it through accent pieces, such as a green sofa, chair or artwork.

Maximizing the Light

This is the season when the sun shines bright, but not too bright; when it keeps us warm, but not too warm. It seems to be the best time to invite it into our homes, right? Ditching heavy drapes and deciding on sheer curtains (or no curtains whatsoever) is one of the ways to do that. You can use a little trick to maximize the amount of light – place mirrors opposite to light sources (fixtures and windows), so they reflect light and make the space look brighter and bigger.

Go Bold or Go Home

If you were holding back on using bold colors and large patterns this winter, now is the time to let all that outside. Treat your home with boldly-colored area rugs, bed covers and throw pillows. Include some interesting patterns, such as flowers, leaves, woodland animals, fruits (pineapple, anyone?), etc.

Floral Details

Floral is a pattern for itself, when it comes to spring decoration. It brings joy and happiness into our homes, and, if we use it right, an extra dose of stylishness. If you’re not afraid of too feminine a décor, you can introduce floral with a shabby-chic wallpaper, but if you want to tone it down, you can try with simple details, such as patterned cushions or bed-sheets. Adding a welcoming floral-wreath to your front door wouldn’t be a mistake either.

Introduce the Original Greenery

Pantone’s Greenery may be cool, but it will never be as cool as the shade of green that has inspired it. That’s right, we’re talking about the green we see outside, in our parks, forests and gardens. Sounds like a perfect excuse to turn your home into a jungle filled with Ferns, Palm Trees, Aloe Veras, Dracaenas, Philodendrons and other potted plants. Arrange plants of various heights, to create a stronger visual impact.

Breathe-in the Spring

Did you know that our sense of smell can largely impact how we feel and how we perceive visual images? So, if you want your house to look spring-ready, maybe you should make it feel spring-ready as well. Kill two birds with one stone, and induce new scents with a vase filled with aromatic lilac, or add decorative scented candles with floral or citrus fragrances.

Winter is over, so don’t you think it’s time to notify your home about it? Remove heavy-duty fabrics, vanquish deep dark shades, and set the tone for the loveliest season of all.

If you’re looking for a suave and durable material for flooring, as a worktop, or for a backsplash upgrade in your kitchen, bathroom, office, or patio, Caesarstone is right up your street. Strong, low-maintenance, and resistant to liquid spills, scratching, heat, and stains, it is extremely versatile and easy to install, which makes it an ideal choice for upgrading a commercial or residential property. With the right slab size and thickness, adequate installation, and due maintenance, Caesarstone surfaces last a lifetime, and as far as application is concerned, the quartz stone can be added to almost any area you can think of. Here are a few ideas on where and how you can add chic quartz to achieve cool effects and optimize space functionality.

A Kitchen Fit for an Haute Cuisine Chef

Designer: Carlisle Homes Caesarstone color: Walnut
Designer: Carlisle Homes,  Caesarstone color: Walnut

It’s no surprise that this type of stone is often used for kitchen islands, worktops, backsplashes, and floors. The material’s easy cleanup and durable nature make it a perfect finishing touch for contemporary residential kitchens where style and functionality are equally important. For an elegant kitchen worktop, choose a Caesarstone slab with a thinner diameter to reduce total weight load and cut the update costs. As far as design is concerned, you can choose from a range of textures and hues based on your personal preferences and existing kitchen backdrop.

Bathrooms Out Of Designers’ Dreams

Designer: Kryptonite Stone Works, Caesarstone color: Alpine Mist
Designer: Kryptonite Stone Works, Caesarstone color: Alpine Mist

Bathrooms are another indoor area where Caesarstone can be installed easily and to a superior effect. Floors, shower rooms, and counters can be updated with a quartz coat to extend the lifespan of existing fittings and dial up the ambiance from sterile to suave. For peak aesthetic value, opt for a buttermilk, concrete-color, or light grey quartz: this will help avoid the sterile all-white look while still keeping your bathroom as sanitary and functional as it’s supposed to be.

Commercial Space of Corporate Bliss

Designer: Stewart Rahr
Designer: Stewart Rahr

Commercial kitchens, restaurants, and office spaces can all utilize Caesarstone in their design. While rendering a clean, modern ambiance to commercial property, quartz flooring will provide a non-porous base for your corporate growth and employee satisfaction. White quartz will work for most businesses, but muted or earthy colors and matte textures are also a clever option, as they add character and depth to space and create an ambiance of professionalism and comfort to go with resilience to heavy foot traffic and everyday use.

Timeless Elegance in the Garden

Though Caesarstone is sensitive to UV rays, it can still be used in covered patios, terraces, and similar areas al fresco which are not constantly exposed to direct sunlight. Compared to marble and other sensitive stone types, Caesarstone will not degrade when exposed to heavy rain and frost, but its color may fade with intense sunshine in the mix. Perfect for outdoor kitchens and BBQ areas, it will help achieving a sense of design unity between indoor and outdoor space and increase your property’s market value.

You can also introduce Caesarstone to your home office, hallways, and living rooms if you feel like it. Whatever design, texture, and slab size and thickness you opt for, make sure to maintain quartz surfaces according to the upkeep guidelines so that your residential or commercial space would stay graceful elegant and functional in the decades to come.

Feature image design by Kristi Michelini

Renting a home shouldn’t make you care less about it. If you don’t look after your space, you can’t expect the tenants to do the same. Empty property and a loss of income is something no landlord wants.  A well-kept one is not likely to receive such fate, and aesthetically pleasing homes will make it easier for tenants to accept the rental price. Hence, go ahead and decorate with style, aiming at those groups who might be your most likely customers.

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Rental facts and figures

More and more people are giving up on owning a property, and rents have risen rapidly in recent years.  It is estimated that there are 11 million private renters in England alone and by 2032 private landlords will own one in every three homes in the whole UK. Half of the 25 to 34 years-old population rent their homes, which is why the university towns are a fertile ground for investment. There, tenants often bid against each other and push the rents up.

Being a landlord comes with both many benefits and responsibilities indeed, and you need to be aware of your legal rights and obligations. Rental property must be, for example, safe to live in and free from potential health hazards. Still, many landlords fail to give accurate information on things like decoration to tenants and this gives rise to redecoration disputes. On the other hand, a thorough account of the décor and a clearly defined tenancy agreement prevent disputes and other unpleasant situations.

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A long-lasting investment

According to industry guidelines, the landlords should make an effort to redecorate every three to five years. The responsibility, at least the financial one, lies with them, unless a tenant has caused damage that calls for redecoration. Keep in mind that what many students and younger generations want is a neutral blank canvas they can add their own personality to. It means that you should refrain from turning the place into your personal retreat full of statement pieces.

The focus should be on practical and durable solutions. A long-lasting property that endures all the trials and temptations of tenants is the best investment there is. Thus, a healthy balance between durability and visual appeal spurs best long term benefits for landlords.

Don’t go overboard with furnishing and stocking the property, because it won’t add much value to it. Your decorating budget should depend on your monthly income from rents. Yet, don’t get discouraged by high up-front costs and avoid things like shinny but cheap fittings- they are a false economy. The same goes for bathroom fittings- this is not the area where you should try to cut the costs.

A bulk of landlords tends to ignore the flooring because it’s costly, but it’s the part of the home that is most prone to damage due to physical contact. Bear in mind that floor tiles are sturdier than paint or laminate, and should be the only solution in moist rooms like bathrooms and kitchens. They are also easy to maintain, even more so if they are dark-coloured.

Furthermore, note that unlike most families, students don’t bring their own furniture. It should be in a good decorative order and kept clean. Not every piece can be trendy, but try to replace the unfashionable ones. It’s best if the furniture is versatile and can fit in a variety of places. Also, don’t forget that as a landlord, you are responsible for the fire safety of all the furniture and furnishings. If it was made before 1989, it probably doesn’t meet the safety regulations.

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United colours

Light paints and carpets might give the illusion that the space is bigger and cleaner, but this trick has a short lifespan. It’s quite difficult to keep light walls and carpets clean, and they are most likely to become murky in a matter of months. Then you would have to come up with some money for repainting or replacing, something your budget could do without.

Go for mid-toned greys or browns which go excellent with most of the other colours, and remember that natural lighting complements them well. Apart from the blessings of the Mother Nature, make good use of other sources of light. Proper lighting is crucial for every living space, so invest in lamps and funky lampshades, or brighten up your space with some pendant light. Led lighting products are always a smart solution, since they are economical, yet trendy.

An alternative for bringing life into outdated rooms with poor colour palette is fabric. Use wall coverings to give a fresh look to the place, and you can easily remove them if you are not overly satisfied with the results.  This inexpensive solution sure can save landlords the headaches and provide tenants with a more pleasing living environment.

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Safe and sound

Rising house prices create a great demand for rental spaces, but tenants still want to see some style and substance. Spend your pennies wisely, and stick to your decorating budget. At the same time, have in mind that redecoration increases the rental’s property value and makes it easier to rent the space. It’s thus in every landlord’s best interest to treat the rental space as his own living area. Create a safe and visually appealing living environment that will please your target audience and make sure you enjoy the perks of being a landlord for many years to come.