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Looking for a way to implement modern design style into your living space, but not sure where to start? Here are our top five essentials for creating beautiful modern interiors.

Don’t confuse modern with contemporary

Before you start decorating your home in a modern design style, you need to make a distinction between what’s considered modern and contemporary. The two terms are often used interchangeably, but they are two distinct design styles. There is some overlapping between the two in terms of simplicity of the space, restricted use of decor, and the implementation of furniture with clean lines and simple design. However, modern design style refers to a particular era of the twentieth century (the first half of the century, to be exact) while contemporary style is an ever-changing, ever-evolving design style that reflects a blend of several ongoing design trends that involve au courant details and pieces. Now that we’ve set the record straight, let’s jump into designing interiors in modern style.

Neutral colours

Choose a neutral color scheme for a modern look

Let’s start things off by tackling the basics first – the walls and the color scheme you use in your living space matter a lot when it comes to designing spaces in modern style. The colors that are most often used in modern interiors are white, beige, and gray, and for good reason, too. These colors are favored for their simplicity, elegance and the fact that they act as a black slate, which works great for this design style. White walls are especially useful for modern spaces since they allow your wall decor pieces to take the spotlight, which leads us to our next design tip…

Modern artwork

Add some modernist artwork to liven up the space

Implementing colors into your living space is a sure way to create a modern-looking home, and one way to do it is by hanging some interesting artwork on your walls. Expressive pieces of art that encompass unusual forms and vivacious colors, and capture the essence of the modernistic approach to art will liven up any space and provide it with an excellent focal point. To make your room look more cohesive, add throw pillows and flowers that complement the hues captured in the artwork and create a sense of balance. Whether you choose artwork that represents artistic movements such as Fauvism or Cubism, it will certainly elevate your living space and give it a modernesque vibe. 

Clean look

Declutter for a clean and simple look

Modern design shies away from superfluous amounts of items and decor, so it’s important to keep your living space free of clutter. Use Marie Kondo’s method for decluttering – discard everything you don’t really use and only keep what’s dear to your heart or, in the words of this popular organizing guru, the things that “spark joy”. Although we mentioned you can use a few art pieces and accessories to provide your place with a unique flair, it’s best to keep your belongings and everyday items stored away to create a clean and basic look. The simplicity of design is one of the most prominent characteristics of modern design style, and by decluttering your home, you will visually expand it and create an illusion of spaciousness.

Create a functional layout 

When designing a home in a modern style, you need to consider the functionality of the layout. Open spaces are one of the components of modern design, but if you can’t afford to have a couple of walls knocked down, you can still create the appearance of open space. One way to do it is by using neutral colors, as we have mentioned previously – choose plain, streamlined furniture pieces that are simple in design and shape, and preferably in earthy, natural tones. Definitely avoid bold pieces with patterns and prints, as they will make your space look busy and cluttered. Arrange your furniture in a way that allows for a free flow to create a sense of airiness and balance in your living space. 

To enjoy your home even more, use the tips above to create a living space that portrays the beautiful simplicity and practicality of modern design.

As exciting as moving into a new house or apartment is, it usually takes some time for people to adjust and actually start feeling comfortable. Even after you unpack and decorate, there’s still that feeling of new and unknown that tends to stick around for some time. However, with some effort and a couple of smart additions, you can make the transition much easier. So, if you could use a couple of tips on how to turn your new place into a home, here are six suggestions you should consider. 

Clean it thoroughly

Before you start decorating your home, make sure to clean it as thoroughly as you can. This includes using disinfectants, bug sprays (just in case), baking soda, and whatever else you usually use for cleaning. It’s an especially important step if somebody else had lived in the place you’re moving into. This way, you’d feel like you’re actually getting a fresh start, both literally and metaphorically. Plus, it’s also a good way to actually get to know every corner of your new home.

Decorate with items from your previous home

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Assuming that you’ve had a home before, whether it was your childhood home or the place before the current one, you probably have some idea of what made it feel homey. Of course, you can never recreate that feeling completely, but you can add to your new home a few items that remind you of your old home. It can be anything from a couple of family photos to a few gorgeous vintage rugs that bring you back to your carefree childhood days whenever you step on them. Having such items and carrying them with you can make any new place feel a bit more like home right away. 

Get a pet

If you’re moving into a new place on your own, you might feel uneasy precisely because you are alone. Therefore, you should consider getting a pet. Of course, a dog is definitely the most engaging choice, but it’s not the only one. If your new home is a bit smaller, or if you don’t have that much free time, you can opt for something easier to take care of, like a cat or a parrot. A pet is bound to make you feel cozier because you would have somebody to talk to and share this new experience with. Not to mention that most pets are also great “alarms” when something seems off. And there are few things that make a home as welcoming as a being greeted by somebody who is happy to see you. 

Install alarms

Speaking of alarms, if the new place in question is a house, you should definitely have a good security system. There are many different types of alarms on the market, some of which can also be controlled remotely. Additionally, if you combine your alarm system with good lighting fixtures and a few security cameras that you can access via your phone, your home is much less likely to become a target for burglars.

Secure the doors

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This might sound surprising, but more than a third of all burglars actually enter homes through the front door. So, make sure your front door is not the easiest point of entry. The frames should be strong, the hinges should be well protected, and your lock should not be easy to pick. With that in mind, you should also consider upgrading your lock system – you could opt for some of the quality smart locks, and you should also install a deadbolt. Moreover, if you have any sliding glass doors, make sure they cannot be forced open or broken – at least not without you knowing about it. 

Add some extra light

Lighting is very often overlooked, but it can make a huge difference. The thing is, you’re not going to feel very cozy in a home that has bad or fluorescent lighting. So, opt for brighter lights, and let in as much natural light as you can in order to make your home livelier. Spice it up with some decorative lighting, like string lights and candles, which can instantly make your home cozier. You can also install dimmers, so you can control the brightness of the lights and set the right atmosphere for whatever you’re doing. Finally, don’t forget to light up your exterior as well, and not just because of the visual effect but to deter burglars as well. 

 

Making your home feel safer and cozier can take some time. However, there are things you can do to warm up the atmosphere in your home and actually make it feel like one faster. So, consider the listed ideas, apply them to your new place, and it’s bound to feel like home in no time.

* Guest Post by Sienna Penfold

Living Coral has been pronounced the color of the year by the Pantone Color Institute, and it’s been described as “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” However, despite its popularity, its uniqueness can sometimes make it a bit difficult to incorporate in the home décor. With that in mind, here are a few tips that should help you freshen up your interior by making this color a part of it.

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Paint the walls

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when remodeling is painting the walls. Of course, you can paint the whole room in this color, or you can choose just a single wall and turn it into a focal point. Either way, this shade would make any room look fresh and youthful, which would leave a great first impression on your guests when they come for a visit. Living Coral is also a color that is easily matched with other colors and patterns, so don’t hesitate to spice things up a bit with wall decals, wallpapers, or some other wall decorations.

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Add some textiles

Throws, pillows, curtains, carpets, and other textiles are all things that bring your home to life and make it cozier. Curtains in this color, for example, would emphasize the natural light coming through them, while carpets and mats would make the whole area seem brighter. Plus, such a carpet would go great with any type of flooring, regardless of whether we are talking about wood, tiles, or something else. The only downfall is that it can get dirty rather easily, so if you choose to add it to your living room, opt for materials that can withstand high traffic, like wool or cotton. Anyway, it’s a great way to add some character to your home, no matter which interior style you prefer.

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Small decorations matter

This might be the safest way to incorporate Living Coral, especially if you don’t want to overwhelm the space with it. After all, small things can often make a big difference. So, get some subtler accessories, like planters, picture frames, or mirror frames, and paint them in this color. You can also combine Living Coral with white, as they look great together. Living Coral also goes well with stone-like textures, so it should look great on your fireplace or kitchen counters. Or, if you’ve chosen your accent wall, you can draw even more attention to it with the mentioned frames.

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Pick your furniture

Now, this might seem like a bold move, but it can also be just the thing you need to upgrade the look of your home. For instance, a nice sofa in this color would look amazing on a white carpet. Just keep in mind that such a sofa can be a bit more difficult to maintain, so it might not be the best choice if you have furry pets. You can opt for a smaller piece of furniture instead, like a stylish armchair. Regardless of what you pick, rest assured that it would take the whole appearance of your interior to the next level.

If you are into fashion and you want your home to be up to date, introducing this color into your home décor might be just the thing it needs to look as good as new. It would brighten it up, and add some character to it. Plus, being surrounded by this unique color it would make you feel much more energetic and comfortable. So, consider the listed tips, apply them to your home, and it’s bound to look better than ever before.

No matter with how much love, devotion and enthusiasm you decorated your home the first time around, chances are that you’ll grow a bit tired of the design as time passes. Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. Since people are visual beings, it’s logical that we like to spend time in a visually stimulating environment, and if your home featured the same design since you’ve moved in, it probably became just a bit too familiar. That’s precisely why some interior design pros advise against fully decorating every room top-to-bottom at once, but rather encourage you to allow the design to grow alongside your personal growth.

However, if you’ve reached a point where redecorating seems like the only option left, here are some nifty tricks to consider. Keep in mind that, in order to fall back in love with your interior, you don’t have to spend a ton of money or go for a large-scale home improvement projects that really won’t add value to your home . Rather, it’s enough to make some small but very effective changes that will completely turn a room’s design around.

The hallway

Hallways are the most commonly neglected areas of a home when the design is concerned, which is a big mistake since a hallway is the first area of your home anyone who enters will be presented with. Therefore, inspect your hallway and see if there’s anything you can do to it to boost its visual appeal. For example, replace your old coat hanger with a funky new alternative and DIY a fun key holder. Next, get a tall wicker basket to act as an umbrella holder. Finally, create a gallery wall by framing and hanging some of your family photos, but choose the frames carefully and make sure they go well together.

The kitchen

The easiest way you can update the look of your kitchen is by simply repainting your cabinet doors and replacing all the handles with a fresh alternative. Additionally, if you want to make an even bigger change, create a new backsplash and introduce a new area rug. Just make sure that the new color you’ve chosen for your cabinets works well with the overall color scheme you have in your kitchen to avoid creating an environment that just looks too random.

The bathroom

In the bathroom, you won’t believe just how much a new shower curtain can transform the look of the entire space. You can also replace hardware fixtures and bathroom accessories for more modern alternatives. Browse some online retailers to find the right fit and give your old bathroom a modern twist on a budget. Additionally, you can even consider adding a couple of plants to your bathroom but make sure that they can thrive in such an environment.

The bedroom

Master bedrooms also generally tend to be somewhat neglected when the design is concerned because some people don’t see the point in beautifying a space that’s used primarily for sleeping. However, that is a huge mistake as a well-put-together bedroom design can work wonders for your sleep quality. So, first, take care of your window treatments. Choose the ones that allow you to completely darken up the room when necessary – afternoon naps – but still let plenty of natural light through when pushed aside. Layered curtains and drapes work best in this scenario. Next, add a luxurious throw blanket on top of your bed to make it visually cozier. Finally, add a soft, fluffy area rug that will be just a few inches bigger than your bed underneath it to both accentuate and section off that area and make it a focal point of the room.

The living room

We’ve purposefully left this area of the home for last because it’s arguably the most versatile one. The number of easy touch-ups you can do in your living room is so big that we are only going to list the most effective ones. First of all, create an accent wall. This can be literally any wall in your living room. If you have a fireplace, turn that area into an accent wall by creating an exposed faux brick wall and hanging an impactful piece of wall art just above the fireplace. Alternatively, you can choose to accentuate the wall behind your sofa by opting to paint it in a bold hue or cover it with an elaborate, textured wallpaper. Next, aside from the statement wall, you can choose to completely change up your decor items, which will give the room a whole new vibe. Also, think about replacing your rugs, throw pillow cases and other textured elements of the room’s design, or even reupholstering your furniture entirely.

As you can see, there are numerous ways you can give your home a facelift without having to spend a lot of money. Besides, these small changes really do make the biggest impact, as they shift the vibe of the room very slightly in a chosen direction, instead of turning it into a completely new, unfamiliar space.

One of the most important principles of interior design says that every room should have a focal point. Usually, it’s the most obvious feature of the room, like a huge fireplace or big windows. However, you don’t always have such a feature. In those cases, you need to create focal points on your own. So, in order to help you do just that, here are a couple of ideas that might inspire you.

Think about the placement

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The positioning of your focal point is more important than you might think. After all, it’s meant to draw the eye towards it. However, this does not mean that you have to necessarily put it in the center. Of course, you can, if the object in question is a coffee table, carpet, or a chandelier. Still, it’s not the only option, since you should take into consideration your entire room. Therefore, if you want to emphasize a certain wall, like the one above your bed in the bedroom, you can turn it into a focal point by using artwork or a nice headboard. Or, if there’s an empty corner, you can transform it into your new reading nook and turn it into a focal point as well.

Display your collection

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If you like collecting interesting items, you can create a perfect focal point by displaying them. For example, you can organize your figurines on a small table in the corner of your living room or hallway. This way, they could serve as great conversation starters as well, since they would be noticed quickly. Or, you can display your collection of teacups in your kitchen cabinet that has glass doors. So, when your guests enter the kitchen, they will have something to focus on. Books can also serve as great focal points, especially in your study room. In short, no matter what it is that you collect, there is always a way to showcase it.

Consider your rugs

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This might sound surprising at first, but your rugs can be amazing focal points. Firstly, rugs with interesting textures and patterns can be very eye-catching, especially if you leave most of the area uncovered. Secondly, if you choose a bolder color and decorate the rest of the room in a bit subtler fashion, you would make the rug stand out even more. Finally, you can always layer your rugs. This would not only transform them into nice focal points, but it would also add a sense of warmth to the room.

Spice it up

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Sometimes, the focal point is not hard to find but not easy to emphasize. For example, your bed is the expected focal point of your bedroom, but it’s not enough to just have a bed. If you want it to be an actually good focal point, you need to spice it up a bit. Therefore, you should consider getting some beautiful bedding that’ll fit the style of the room. This way, your bed will draw attention not just because of its size but because of its stylish appearance as well.

Use the fixtures

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If you want to create a focal point in a room without any specific details, like your bathroom, you can make use of the fixtures. For example, your bathtub or shower can be a good focal point. In order to turn it into one, though, you need to decorate it properly; buy an interesting shower curtain, use candles in the corners of your bathtub, or add some hanging storage options nearby – they can make your entire bathroom look more stylish and unique.

Play with shapes

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Unusual shapes can serve as great focal points because they are often very surprising. This includes furniture, of course, but also artwork and mirrors. So, you can create a nice focal point with a coffee table that has an unusual curve. Or, you can get mirrors in different shapes and place them opposite your windows. This would also make your room appear larger, which makes this kind of focal point perfect for smaller homes.

Every home needs to have focal points in order to be considered truly modern. After all, there’s a good reason why focal points are an important part of the interior design – they make your home look better. They are the first thing that your visitors will notice, and you know what they say about first impressions. Luckily, even a few small changes can make a difference. So, consider the listed tips, apply them to your home, and rest assured that it will look better than ever before.

While minimalism ruled our lives and our homes for quite some time now, it seems that some of us got really bored with it. So, we made some room for the new kid on the block – maximalism. Basically, a rebellious reaction against minimalism, maximalism embraces the aesthetics of redundancy and excess. However, when designing within the rules of maximalism, you can easily slip and fall into sloppiness. Therefore, you need to be careful when embracing maximalism. If you’re not sure how, here are some helpful tips.

Vibrant colors

The first staple of maximalism is vibrant colors. So, forget everything about toned-down hues and earthy nuances, and embrace vibrant, lively colors. Even though in minimalism you were also allowed to have a pop of color here and there, in maximalism, there are pops of color happening all around you.

So, the space you’ll create won’t be just colorful and bright, but it will completely eliminate that sterile vibe of a minimalist space. To avoid making the space look chaotic, try to go with colors that either complement one another in some sense, or the ones that completely contrast one another.

Natural materials

Natural materials also play a huge role in maximalism. Therefore, to create a unique look, try experimenting with mixing materials such as marble, leather, brushed metals and jute. Combining all of these (and any other you might think of) in your decor will add more interest to your design, as it will provide sensation not just for the eye but for the touch as well.

Therefore, think in terms of a coffee table with legs made of metal and the top surface made of marble, place it on a jute rug, add a nice round leather ottoman, as well as a potted cactus on the top table surface. If you are handy with yarn, you can even add a woven basket with colorful yarn and turn your hobby into an additional decor piece.

More is more

A sort of a mantra you should follow when decorating with maximalism in mind is more is always more. That’s why you should never shy away from using your overflowing bookshelves as a statement design piece in your living room or adding some more colorful throw pillows on your bed in the bedroom.

In the bathroom, you can decide to embellish your bathtub and go crazy with tile patterns or display all of your favorite mugs or plates in your kitchen. With the more is more mentality, you’ll create a space that looks a bit chaotic at first glance, but if you look closer, you’ll notice that everything is in its rightful place.

Play it smart

Now, we need to address the issue that’s most commonly left out of decor-oriented articles, and that is cleaning. While maximalism has its perks, cleaning a room decorated in this style can sometimes be a bit overwhelming.

However, this doesn’t mean that you’ll suddenly be faced with a choice to either live in dust and dirt or spend your entire life cleaning your home. No, this just means that you will have to clean a bit more often. On the other hand, to make things easier for you, you can arm yourself with various little helpers, like Roomba, to make this task easier.

Start collecting things

No, we’re not suggesting that you should become a hoarder. Instead, we’re advising you to start collecting something and turn it into your statement decor element. Since maximalism is already all about the opulence and having things on display, why not just give it your personal touch a bit more?

Your collection can consist of various vintage trinkets, ceramic figurines, nice glass bottles or even porcelain dolls, if they don’t absolutely terrify you. The important thing to remember is that you should find your thing, stick to it and put it on display so everyone can see.

As you can see, there are options for the people who find minimalism to be too sterile and boring. You just need to dig a bit deeper through the world of various styles and you’ll be sure to find something that works for you. Besides, you should be daring and not afraid to try new things out and this style is the perfect means through which you can let your true self shine.

Private accommodation is highly popular among families because it provides them with privacy, functionality and freedom. Furthermore, private rentals offer a feeling of comfort that can make children feel as if they were home, which can be extremely helpful when they find themselves in a completely new environment. If you want to become a kid-friendly Airbnb host, you should design a healthy and safe property with plenty of children- and family-friendly amenities.

A healthy environment

When it comes to the interior of your rental, safety is one of the most important factors that families will consider. Therefore, you should take some time to child-proof your property against hazards, such as exposed wires, electrical sockets, toxic cleaning products and sharp objects. Placing a safety fence on top of the stairs is another precaution for small children. You should also make sure to eliminate trip-hazards, such as slippery mats and rugs and long cords. Finally, make sure to install safety locks on toilets and cabinets that should remain out of kids’ reach.

An enjoyable outdoor space

A beautiful, cosy outdoor area will charm any family with children. Since they’re on vacation, they’ll probably spend a lot of time outside, so you should provide them with a comfortable seating area and plenty of shade. If you have enough space, you can even design a small playground for children by adding a sandbox or at least a swing. While designing an outdoor lounge area or dining spot, you should pay attention to possible hazards, such as rusty nails or dangerous tools. In addition, make sure that your rental property has a fence so that parents can let their children play outside freely.

Parking access

A great number of families decide to go on their holidays by car if possible. If not, it’s highly likely that they’ll rent a car while there. Thus, you should provide them with a great parking spot nearby. Whether it’s a garage or an empty spot in front of your property, this will provide your guests with the convenience that they’ll greatly appreciate.

Cosy bedrooms for kids and parents

After exploring the city or playing the entire day, both parents and children will appreciate comfortable beds. If possible, you should design separate bedrooms for parents and children so that they could all have a good night’s sleep. You should pay special attention to beds and make sure that they all have plenty of cosy pillows and soft blankets. You can go with a comfortable ensemble bed design with additional storage compartments where you can place clean sheets and additional pillows or blankets. Installing subtle lighting and removing tech devices from your rental’s bedrooms will help you create a cosy, sleep-inducing environment for your guest families.

Entertainment opportunities

Although families will spend their holidays exploring a new city or going to the beach, you should still provide them with plenty of entertainment opportunities at home. You should buy several family-friendly board games that both children and parents will enjoy. Since children love cartoons, you should subscribe to kid-friendly cable channels. Providing children with a play area is another great way to keep them interested and engaged while there. You can set up a kids’ corner in the living room with toys, colouring book, kids’ books, crafts supplies and others. Of course, this should all be neatly organised in lovely chests, baskets and shelves.

The kitchen: functional and fully equipped

The kitchen is another important area for families with children. This amenity will enable your guests to prepare healthy meals for their little ones and enjoy family dinners together. In addition, families prefer cooking homemade meals to dining in restaurants since it’s more affordable. Therefore, you should make sure that the kitchen in your rental has a practical design with a lot of storage and appliances that function properly. Moreover, you should stock up your kitchen with some non-perishable supplies and treats for children. Parents will truly appreciate this gesture.

Parent-friendly perks

When designing a kid-friendly Airbnb rental, you shouldn’t forget about parents and their needs. Although kid-friendly amenities will be the crucial factor they’ll consider, they’ll still appreciate a host who thought about them, as well. You should consider adding a touch of luxury to your rental property through subtle details, such as elegant décor, luxe lighting fixtures and a spa-like bathroom. You can also provide parents with a bar, introduce books and movies they’ll enjoy, or even go big and add a hot tub in your backyard.

Additional amenities

There are more than a few simple amenities that can make a world of difference for families with children. For instance, you can include a tour guide for your area and outline places that children will love. Providing your guests with bikes can also be a nice benefit that they’ll truly appreciate. You can also suggest nearby restaurants and stores that offer discounts. Finally, don’t forget that some simple additions, such as a washing machine or plenty of storage, can make a family’s life much easier.

In just a few simple steps, you can design a kid-friendly Airbnb rental that both children and parents will love.

Having your own private library is every avid reader’s dream. As it often happens, one book turns into ten, which turn into 100, and before you know it, you have your own private collection. However, it’s not enough to just have it – you should also show it. With that in mind, here are a few ideas for showcasing your book collection.

Organize books like art

If you happen to be both an artist and a bookworm, think about organizing your book collection like a piece of art. You can do this by using wall-mounted ledges and a bit of imagination. For example, you can organize your books by their cover color and create a unique rainbow. Or, you can organize your books in a way that would match your home décor. Either way, make use of colorful book covers and turn your books into art.

Hide the shelves

A great idea when it comes to book-related home décor is installing some hidden floating shelves. It is bound to draw the attention of your guests, since it’s so unexpected but still very practical. Moreover, such shelves fit perfectly with any minimalistic style. Plus, if you combine them with the first suggestion, you could really increase the elegance factor of your home.

Create a reading nook

Every home has that one corner that isn’t really used for anything, so we usually put a big potted plant in it and call it a day. However, if you have a book collection, you can put that corner to good use. For example, you can create a nice reading nook with a comfy chair, a couple of floating shelves, or maybe a few hand-made storage items.

Add some wall baskets

If you’re looking for something a bit more chic that would still not take up any floor space, consider using wall-mounted baskets. They offer you a lot of storage room, and they are very versatile, which means that you can match them with any style. The same goes for magazine holders, and they can be a great addition to your new reading corner as well.

Merge your books and bed

Most people usually read before going to bed, so why not make that easier and combine your books with your bed? For instance, you can get a nice short bookcase and place it at the end of your bed. It would add to the sense of style since it wouldn’t be a typical way to showcase your books. Plus, it would allow you to keep all your books near, so when you’re done with one, you can easily switch to another.

Turn them around

This might seem impractical at first, but it’s definitely one way to draw attention to your books. If you turn your books around and stack them so that you can only see the edges of the covers, you’d achieve quite a memorable look. Plus, you can always arrange them alphabetically so you can still easily find what you’re looking for.

Build a library

Finally, if you happen to have a small room in your home that you don’t really use for anything, turn it into your own personal library. You could use different storage options for a more artistic and stylish look. Additionally, you could introduce a nice rug and make the room feel cozier. Besides the books, you could also add comfortable seating options with pillows and throws. This would make your library a perfect place for some evening relaxation.

There’s so much we can gain from reading books, it’s safe to say that the time spent reading is never wasted. So, if you love books and you feel like you can never have too many of them, you should definitely show them. Therefore, consider the above-listed suggestions, and don’t hesitate to apply those that suit your home the most.

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

Design every room mindfully

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

Get clutter under control

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

Welcome a soothing colour scheme

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

Create an airy atmosphere

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

Clean regularly

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

Introduce nature into every room

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

Let natural light inside

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

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

The modern lifestyle of consumerism has resulted in our tendency to clutter our lives, as well as our homes. Embracing a Japanese-inspired design will help you relinquish this overwhelming habit and turn to tranquillity and peacefulness. Japanese style is characterised by elegant simplicity and minimalism, which creates a unique ambience of serenity in a home. Its distinctive Zen vibe will not only make your space more open and balanced, but also inspire you to adopt a more mindful lifestyle. Therefore, if you want to turn your home into a tranquil sanctuary, you should welcome Japanese principles of design.

The living room transformation

A Japanese-inspired living room should exude a sense of elegance that stems from moderation and simplicity. A soft palette of muted natural colours is the perfect choice for your Zen living room. You should embrace soft cream, charming beige, rich brown, light green and subtle grey to create a calming atmosphere. When it comes to furniture, you should go a with low, simple design with modern, clean lines. Floor cushions, Shoji screens, sliding doors and simple lighting fixtures are all commonly used in Japanese-inspired spaces. As for decorations, you should stay moderate, focusing on origami-style embellishments, bonsai trees and houseplants. Origami figures are a major part of Japanese tradition and there are plenty of creative ideas that will help you introduce it into your home.

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Simplicity in the kitchen

Functionality, minimalism and simplicity are some of the main Japanese principles that you should introduce into your kitchen. Your space should be open and airy, with a functional and convenient design. Wood, natural stone and metal are all beautiful material options that you can use for giving your Zen kitchen an organic touch. Nature is deeply rooted in Japanese interior design, so you should use herbs and houseplants to decorate and freshen up your space. You can also display lovely ceramic kitchenware collections, especially those with innate imperfections. This will help you capture the beauty of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy of embracing all things transient and imperfect.

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The peaceful bathroom retreat

In Japanese interior design, the bathroom is the place for rejuvenation and relaxation, filling you with revitalising energy. As such, it exudes peacefulness, serenity and simple elegance and features a design that incorporates natural materials, such as wood and stone. It’s important that you soothe and appeal to all of your senses, so make sure to introduce essential oils, bath salts and meditative background music. A soaking tub is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Japanese-inspired bathrooms. You can even design a Japanese-style sauna where you can relax and enjoy quiet meditation.

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The bedroom of serenity

As another place for relaxation and rest, your bedroom should have an atmosphere of simplicity and tranquillity. A subtle, neutral colour scheme of pale blues, soft greys and gentle beiges will help you relieve all the stress and tension. Once again, focus on clean, simple lines and a low design when it comes to your bedroom furniture and remember that functionality comes first. You should cover your floors with traditional Japanese tatami mats made of rice straw. Lighting also plays a crucial role in creating a soothing, gentle atmosphere. You should introduce lighting fixtures with a soft glow that will create a play of shadow and light. Choose fixtures made of wood, parchment, natural silk, porcelain and glass.

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The Zen garden

Japanese interior design encourages establishing a sense of unity with nature, which is why outdoor spaces are as important as the interior. A Japanese-style garden features simple structures that help create a natural, organic look. A water feature is essential in such an environment, contributing to the peaceful atmosphere. If possible, you should design a koi pond with a lovely bridge. Gravel, stones and bamboo are the most dominant materials in a Zen garden. As for plants, Japanese maple, phillyrea, conifers, bamboo, nandina, fatsia, camellias and flowering cherries are just some of the enticing options.

We all need to free ourselves from clutter that overtakes our homes and our lives. The simplicity and moderation of Japanese style will help us get rid of unnecessary items and find out what we really need in everyday life.

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