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

Natural light is good for you

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

Bringing what’s outside your home in

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

Like handbags and shoes, windows should match the room

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

Things are looking up

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

When crystal clear is too clear

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

Clerestory, an unusual window

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

Be practical about your choices

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

Mix it up

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

Consider your options

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

Windows as art

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

According to a comprehensive study conducted on people around the globe, poor diet is a crucial factor in one in five deaths. While it has never been so precisely formulated in figures, this fact is well-known to most people. So, why do we still continue eating the wrong foods that can harm our health? Well, among other things, modern life pace is forcing us to be in a constant rush to be at several places at the same time, many of the organic foods on the market are expensive, and we often think that healthy and tasty are two opposite notions. If you want to change your diet, there is no better way to start than to optimize your kitchen for streamlined prep and decorate it for culinary motivation. Here are some tips to help you get there.

A healthy splash of paint

Did you know your brain reacts differently to different colors and that some of them can even make you hungry? Blue, for example, is an excellent color option if you need help managing your diet. Since it is a calming color, it can slow down your speed of eating and avert overeating. If blue is not your cup of tea, consider other calming hues like green and warm neutrals.

Create an efficient layout

You don’t have the time to cook? Maybe your kitchen layout and walking from one side to another constantly during the meal prepare preventing you from speeding up the food preparation. The L-shaped layout uses the rule of the kitchen triangle best and provides with a smooth cooking process. The corridor-style is also a good option since it stores everything within your reach. U-shape is similar but more spacious. L + kitchen island is a dream come true.

Invest in the best appliances

The kitchen appliances you have can significantly impact the way you cook, what you eat, and how satisfied you are while you are cooking. Invest in quality energy-saving units. Besides the large appliances, such as a stove, range, and the fridge, you should also consider getting a few gadgets like a food processor, blender, salad spinner, a steam cooker, and other appliances that are meant for preparing healthy meals.

Soften up the lighting

Proper kitchen lighting is important, not only because it will make it possible for you to prepare food even when there is no natural light, but also because it can impact your eating habits. Similarly to colors, the soft mild light will ease your mind, make you feel less stressed and, consequently, motivate you to eat healthier.

Grow your greens

Even if you are living in a skyscraper, you can have access to fresh herbs and even some vegetables. Besides promoting a healthy diet, planting a mini-garden will score you some extra points in the interior design department, because it is a huge hit in the last couple of years. You can plant a vertical green wall of herbs on the unused wall of the kitchen, and decorate your countertop with some potted scallions, peppers, and cherry tomatoes.

Decorate with motivational messages

Unless it is a habit you carry from your childhood, a balanced diet is not something that can be accomplished in a day and without proper motivation. Kitchen remodeling is the perfect opportunity to scatter some healthy lifestyle messages all around. Besides posters with motivational quotes, you can also hang photos of healthy foods (veggies and fruit paintings and photos make great artwork). Keeping healthy recipes within your reach is a must. Have a special display for your favorite cookbook, and display some of your favorite recipes on the fridge.

A healthy diet is a habit that starts in your kitchen. Optimizing the heart of your home to encourage balanced eating might require some effort and investment, but in the end, what is more valuable than your health?

Boy, teenagers can be tough to please. In fact, as a parent trying to preserve peace in the household while raising a couple of teens, you’re in for a rough ride. However, by providing your growing teens a sacred space where they can feel safe, productive, and free to just be themselves, you can help nurture a loving relationship and prevent any quarrels that may arise. With that in mind, here are ten teen bedroom ideas your kids are bound to love.

Encourage self-expression

More than anyone else, a teen needs to be able to express their uniqueness, so it’s a good idea to involve them into the process before springing for a floral wall pattern they’re going to hate. Or will they? You won’t know if you don’t ask.

Design a multi-purpose setting

This is not just a place where they should sleep and pretend to study, this is a place where they’ll spend their time socializing with friends, listening to music while thinking about how everyone else’s musical taste sucks, and just doing the things they love most. For this reason, the room not only needs to serve an aesthetic, but a functional purpose as well.

Introduce a statement wall

Speaking of aesthetics, you can bet that your teen will try to decorate an entire wall in their favorite art, or huge posters of their favorite actors, musicians, and, in rare cases, Neil deGrasse Tyson. Whatever the case may be, why not take the concept a step further by creating a statement wall boasting a colorful mural of their favorite celebrity? It sure beats a poster and it will make the room that much cooler!

How about a video game room?

Gaming has become an important part of the modern lifestyle, and there is no reason why your teen shouldn’t indulge every once in a while. Designing a gaming room can be a fun and rewarding project, so make sure your kid is a part of the entire process.

Add a chalkboard wall

You know what complements a great study area? A chalkboard wall where they can put they thoughts, tasks, and even write motivational quotes that will inspire them to study, yes, but also push towards achieving their long-term goals. Side note: the wall doesn’t have to be black, you know.

Build an intimate reading nook

Reading nooks are cool, and not enough teen rooms nowadays have one. Sure, the bed could serve the same purpose, but having a purpose-built space for reading is bound to get them away from their smartphone screes and transform them into lifelong learners.

Make storage easy to use

For some reason, teens hate storage space. How else do you explain all those clothes lying about everywhere, or that one lonely chair in the corner covered completely in dirty laundry? The best thing you can do is to provide the room with plenty of smart storage your kids will actually use.

Create a comfy, sociable space

Again, for reasons unknown, teens love sitting and lying anywhere but the areas designated for these activities. For this reason, you need to think outside of the box and provide plenty of sitting room they, and their friends will actually use. A floor seating area with pillows and bean bags usually does the trick.

Build a truly inspiring study area

Some teens love to study, but most of them don’t even know where they left their books when the school year began. To make your kid actually want to pick up a book and learn something, numerous factors will come into consideration, of which their surroundings will plat a vital role. The space needs to be conducive to productivity, so consider getting the right desk, chair, and equipping the area with all the essentials for a productive study session.

Let them choose their ideal color palette

Last but not least, teens tend to be very passionate about their likes and dislikes, and one of the biggest mistakes you can make is assuming that you know exactly what will appeal to their sense of aesthetics. Choosing colors for the room is a tricky task, and it would be a wise decision to create the color scheme with their help – something they will be able to enjoy completely. And hey, if they want a completely black theme, let them have it, it’s their room.

 

Designing a bedroom for a teenager is definitely not an easy task, especially if you think that you don’t have to include them into the process. However, by following these design tips, you will have no problem creating a safe and enjoyable space your teen is bound to love.

Despite your personal style and standards, these living room decorations are must-haves for anyone. Having these in your living room will make it that much more appealing, trendy, and presentable.  These items are universal and can be combined with any decor and any style. Surely, this touch of style will impress your friends, family, neighbours, and even your plumber. If you’re not interested in decor that much, then the “magic simply hasn’t happened to you yet”. Read on to find out the 10 living room decorations everybody needs.  

1. Throw pillows

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Pillows on couches are one of the all-time styles that never go out of trend. They present the couch as cozier and welcoming and create a sort of contrast against the couch with their colour and edge. The pillows also provide a great back/headrest when you’re on the couch. Hence relaxing and refreshing your body. Beside pillows, there are creative ways to use linen to decorate your living room. 

2. Floor lamp

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Floor lamp creates such a great, relaxing, and vibrant environment. Since the light is a point source from the side, it creates a beautiful complexion of lights, shadows, and colour shades around the room as opposed to ceiling lights that flood light from the top of the room. Floor lamps have an edge over table lamps as the wiring can be hidden away easily.

3. Carpet

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From red carpets at Oscar awards to carpeted floors in an apartment, carpets make the flooring more appealing. Therefore it should be an essential part of your living room. Whether you want a small carpet near a couch or fully carpeted floor is up to you. They are great for winter especially because they provide you with a warm and cozy floor to walk on. With a carpet, you also have the comfort of preserving your flooring for a much longer time.

4. Coffee table

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With a coffee table, well you can keep your coffee mug on it off course. But, it also attracts the attention of the people on and around the couch towards it by being a centrepiece for that part of the room. You can keep magazines, newspapers, small photo albums, or even a plant on it. Make sure the colour, material, and design all match with the rest of the room, especially the couch.

5. Tall stools

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There are times when we just want to sit and have a nice chat or have a glass of wine, but the couch is just too comfy. Tall stools They are a great alternative to sitting on a sofa but definitely can’t replace a sofa in everyday life. So, you’re going to need both a stool and a couch.

6. Wall art/photos

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First of all, take a look at the wall you’re going to fill to decide what size of art you should pick. There are many ways to determine this and here are some different ideas. You can buy a million-dollar art or paint one yourself or have a photo of a candid moment. Anyway, this is a great way to add to the living room environment as well as display your skills, taste, a fond memory, or even your status. A good rule of thumb is to choose wall art that takes up the width of the wall, minus 6-12 inches on each side, so it looks like it’s centred, like at the image above.

7. Map poster

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This is quite similar to a photo or art on a wall. Except, this one gives you travel vibes. World map posters especially turn your living room artsy. The maps could also be historical or mythical, but they’ll surely make your living room wall more appealing.

8. Stacked curtains

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Curtains are quite old-fashioned but they easily fit any style of living room, whether modern or classic. Stacked curtains are even better as they can be used for any season and weather. Here are some ideas on how you can use curtains or even drapes to improve your living room. If you want to create a relaxed look, you should go with curtains to the bottom of the window trim or the sill. If you want to give your home a luxury, high-style look, lush drapes that touch the floor are the best choice.

9. Indoor plants

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It doesn’t have to be some really green and long plant that yields fruits. Choose a plant, according to your room’s decor.  Plants make the room come alive just as do pets. There are so many options out there that can suit everyone’s needs. *Keep in mind any allergies you might have to plants.*

10. Wall shelf

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And the final piece of decoration you’ll need to complete your living room is a wall shelf or wall shelves. It’s a simple installation but you can get help from your neighbour or a professional. You can showcase all your possessions such as artworks, photos, maps, plants, and prizes.

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A Quick Sum Up

All of these items are suggestions based on my research and gatherings, of course. So, it’s understandable if you’re not convinced you need every one of these. Also, these items are not the only items you need in your living room as these are mainly for decorative purposes. Assuming you already got your bare essentials such as couch, TV, heater/fan and such, these living room decoration ideas will beautify your living room elegantly.

Go on –  you can do it!

Too often, small apartments are viewed as a type of prison which leaves us cramped and forces us to make design compromises. However, let’s try to look on the bright side. Tiny places are easier to clean and maintain, they encourage you to focus on quality over quantity, the heating and cooling bills are usually lower, and, most importantly, they give you the opportunity to invest the same amount of creativity (and money) into decorating every single room. This is especially important for bathrooms, which are often pushed aside, as the other rooms gain priority. So, here are a few ideas for redesigning your petite bathroom.

Get the most out of corners

Corners usually remain unused, and since your bathroom could benefit from every additional square foot, you should reconsider your decision to leave them as they are. For starters, you can install a corner sink to avoid disrupting the traffic lane in the room. Corner sinks can have storage space underneath, and you can use the limited counter space to decorate with fresh flowers or candles. Furthermore, you can set up a corner shower, and use up the vertical space for corner shelves.

Round it up

If you have a small apartment, you have probably read thousands of articles about using clean-lined furniture to fit everything in. However, in bathrooms, elements with sharp corners can pose a hazard for your hips. Also, you can go with a round or oval-shaped sink, which will allow more counter space for your toiletries and decorations.

Pair busy and simple

Another décor rule you should break is going way too simplistic with the tiles and the walls. Feel free to create some dynamics by combining elaborately designed floors with minimalistic painted walls or monochromatic wall tiles. Also, if you decide to make one entire surface patterned or colorful, keep everything else in the room simple.

Extend what you can

Double sinks are great, but if you want to have enough storage and counter space, consider getting a long sink, where the sink and the countertop come in one piece. The sink is still sufficient for two people to get ready at the same time, but it saves you serious space. Also, you can extend the counter over the toilet or alongside a wall, at least in a narrower style.

Don’t be afraid of going large

You can decide to make some pieces large, but in those cases, you need to maximize your efforts to fit everything in (think floating shelves and niches). If there is one piece where you can afford to go extra-large, that is the mirror. Not only will it serve as a glamorous design element, but it will also create the illusion of spaciousness by reflecting the light throughout the room.

Show off your shower

Don’t hide away your shower with dark curtains or foggy matte glass. Instead, opt for completely translucent frameless glass doors, which will transform your shower from a purely functional item into a design asset. Additionally, the space will appear larger.

Show some love with accessories

While minimalistic is the way to go with small bathrooms, you don’t need to avoid accessories, you just need to choose and position them strategically. Start by turning bathroom fixtures into accessories. Choose faucets, showerheads, and cabinet hardware in interesting colors (e.g. brass, matte black or copper). Finish up the look by arranging candles, fresh flowers, and houseplants (follow the rule of three).

Your small bathroom doesn’t have to cause you a headache. On the contrary, if you manage to spruce it up with one of these projects, you will have enough space, and as a bonus, you will get stylishness and glam to spare.

 

Bringing a baby into this world and the loving embrace of your family is one of life’s greatest blessings, and we’re all excited for you and this new chapter you have turned in the book of life. Along with the never-ending joy of waking up at 3AM every night to feed your little bundle of joy and lull them back to sleep, you also have to prepare everything well-before the munchkin arrives.

This means that you’re in for one heck of a decorating project, transforming the guest room in your home into a nursery equipped with everything a modern mom (and dad) could need. The importance of functionality notwithstanding, there is also a need to create an enchanting setting with colors and decor that will portray a dreamy nursery you and the baby will love. Let’s dig in.

Going neutral with pastel accents

Choosing a neutral foundation for the walls and ceiling is always a great idea, as it gives you the unimpeded freedom to decorate and accentuate to your liking. After all, everything goes great with white and off-white hues.

What’s more, you can easily complement such a backdrop with quirky pastels in the corners, on the windowsills, on the floor, and everywhere in between. That said, a neutral foundation is not your only option, as a modern nursery design can truly come to life with a backdrop that tells an enchanting story.

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Creating a fairytale-like backdrop

Painting the walls in interesting scenes and patters is another great idea that never fails to bewilder, enchant, and amuse the observer, no matter how young the baby or how tired the parent might be. If you’re not skillful with a paintbrush – no problem. There are plenty of professional and amateur artists that would relish the opportunity to bring a fairytale-like setting to life. You can also simplify the entire process and paint the wall in a solid hue, such as aqua blue, and then add some creative decals to achieve a similar effect.

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Complementing the furniture with photos

Every nursery needs three essential features: a crib, a changing area, and a nursing nook. But that doesn’t mean that the decorating should stop there. Quite the contrary, this is your opportunity to enrich the space with beautiful accents such as family photos.

Picture frames look amazing when overlooking the crib or the changing table, gracing the wall and bringing in a beautiful motif imbued with love and happiness. One great aesthetic idea is to keep the frames identical in design, but different in size to give the room a clean yet creative look.

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Setting a theme the baby will love

Of course, there is no rule that forbids you from decorating the room in a specific theme, so all of you Star Wars fans, fire away! Even if the force is not strong within you, there are plenty of interesting design themes to choose from.

You can start by choosing an overarching theme that will allow you to decorate and complement the setting accordingly. So, for instance, the nursery could enjoy a detailed space theme, boasting stars, planets and galaxies on the walls and the ceiling. On the other hand, you can choose to bring nature in and decorate with paintings of trees, animals, whole valleys even – the possibilities are endless; just let your imagination run free.

Bringing functionality and aesthetics together

Lastly, it can be pretty easy to get caught up in all the decorating and forget about the importance of functionality. The nursery needs to be a place of comfort in every sense of the word, so you need to find the best layout that offers capaciousness and maneuverability.

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To that end, consider placing the crib next to the wall at the door, then move to the second wall where the changing table and shelves will be, and then introduce a nursing nook in the corner and a reading area in the far corner of the room. Be sure to leave plenty of space in the middle of the room for playing and don’t forget to baby-proof the floor with a fluffy area rug.

Designing a dreamy nursery for the whole family to enjoy is an easy and rewarding task you and your partner can take on together over the weekend. So, let this simple guide help you decorate and arrange a dreamy nursery your baby will love.

Even though you might not be a metalhead, chances are you’ll become one – at least in terms of design – once you see what we have in store for you. Various metals and metallic finishes have taken the worlds of fashion and interior design by storm, which comes as no surprise considering their aesthetics. More and more people around the world are choosing to implement more metallic decor in their home design and thus make a statement.

If you’re still not convinced, don’t stop reading. Soon, you’ll be introduced to the amazing world of metallic interior designs that will simply blow your mind. Let’s dive into it, shall we?

The golden ratio

Gold is one of the most cherished metals in human history. Therefore, it’s no wonder that it’s the most commonly used metal in today’s world of design. Contrary to popular belief, gold comes in various shades – from almost silvery white gold, over the typical yellow gold all the way to the most recent sweetheart, rose gold. This diversity is probably what makes it so popular. When incorporating gold in your home decor, you can choose to stay subtle and only add a few golden decor pieces here and there. However, keep in mind that “subtle” is usually a euphemism for “boring”. So, let your inner diva shine, and create a gold accent wall. You can either choose to literally paint the wall in one on the aforementioned golden shades and then contrast it with dark furniture, or you can paint the accent wall in a bold hue and hang a huge statement wall piece featuring all the shades – the choice is yours. No matter what you decide, remember that the point of a metal decor is anything but subtlety, so don’t shy away from going a bit overboard.

Copper, bronze and brass

Copper, bronze and brass are known for their warm shades and work best in bringing some warmth and creating a cozy feel in a room. These metals are the perfect choice if you want to turn your industrial interior into a steampunk oasis. To do so, you’ll need to “attune your ears to the grinding gears” and let your inner automaton fill your interior with various statement pieces made of copper, bronze and brass. To create a true steampunk haven don’t just leave your pipes exposed but create an elaborate pattern with them and paint them in one of the aforementioned shades. The true beauty of this design lies in mixing all of these metals with various shades of browns, maroons and other dark earthy tones. These bright metals will be in a perfect balance with dark elements, creating a truly unique, luxurious space.

Silver, iron and steel

On the other side of the metallic rainbow, we have silver, iron and steel. These metals are more appropriate choices if you wish to create a subdued minimalistic interior with a bold twist. They work perfectly when implemented in a monochromatic design. However, these metals tend to look a bit cold and create a somewhat a sterile environment, so be careful when implementing them into your decor, to avoid making your room feel unwelcoming and cold.

See? We told you it’s going to be unusual and fun. Just remember, choosing to implement various metals in your home decor is not for the faint of heart. With it, you’ll be making a real statement and expressing your personality to the fullest. If you are an unyielding spirit, embellishing your personal surroundings with a similar material is probably the only logical way to go.

When we talk about modern art we think about such talents like van Gogh, Matisse and Paul Gauguin, their paintings, color play and stunning visuals have inspired generations of interior designers who have strived to incorporate parts of their artistic vision into their design. If you are a fan of modern art, and are looking for the perfect way to introduce it into your home decor, here are some great ideas you could do just that.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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Starry Night right in your bedroom

Shades of dark blue combined with pops of yellow, those strong brushstrokes, there is no painting quite like Vincent van Gogh’s Starry Night. Using this masterpiece as your inspiration you can introduce a bit of romance and mystery into your bedroom  design. Opt for darker shades of blue for the walls and as contrast add lighter furniture in yellow and white color palette. You could accentuate the wall with striped curtains resembling van Gogh’s brush strokes. And as the focal point of this design, representing the cypress tree a black armchair. Your composition is now complete.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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A harmony in red

What better inspiration for the dining room design then Matisse’s Harmony in Red. It provides us with so much inspiration with red, of course being the dominant colour. Of course your living room decor shouldn’t drown in it, it should be carefully placed in form of table cloths, curtains and optionally chair furbishing. To invoke the energy of the wallpaper pattern you could opt for some stencil work that would serve as a focal point of the entire decor. Finally, a stunning vase in the middle of the table is all that is missing for this to be true harmony in red.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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A bit of Gauguin in your living room

The series of paintings by Paul Gauguin that were inspired by the Polynesian culture and beliefs present an amazing source for inspiration for living room decor. The deep blues and emerald greens contrasted with soft yellows and the ever present red can help create a stunning design basis. A painting like the La Orana Maria present the perfect inspiration. Start with the dark tones for the larger pieces of furniture, then soften it all up with light pillows and carpets. Make sure you have some stunning framed prints depicting palm trees to make the whole composition complete. Your guests will be transported to a beautiful Polynesian island as soon as they step into your living room, and Gauguin’s presence is bound to be recognized.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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A cubism inspired kitchen

Why not, after all cubism is all about deconstructed, fractured forms. Bringing a bit of Picasso inspired decor into your kitchen decor is bound to elevate it to a whole new level. You can start by adding sculpture like knobs on your cabinets and drawers. The island could take unusual; flowy form, reminiscent of Picasso’s Glass of Absinthe sculpture. When it comes to choosing the color scheme you might want to choose light, gentler colours with dominating blue and orange tones. One of the key elements of a Cubism inspired kitchen can be the tiles, deconstructed, unusually combined even fractured, they can be your empty canvas that will transform your kitchen into a home decor masterpiece.

Modern Art Ideas to Express Your Style in Home Decor

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The overwhelming blues

Yves Klein’s painting are the perfect source of inspiration for hallway decor. The never ending sea of blue tones that can easily be brightened by well placed LED lights. You can just imagine the Anthropometrie Le Buffle inspired walls greeting your guests as they step into your home. The whites and the blues just dancing on you wall in perfect harmony.

So there you have it amazing modern art idea you can easily use to express your style in home decor. Using works by some of the world’s most renowned artists as your inspiration you can create home decor reminiscent of true artistic masterpiece that will at the same time present your own personal expression. Don’t be afraid to experiment, that is what modern art is all about, pushing boundaries and exploring new directions.

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

Clean it up

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

Keep it fresh

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

Embrace earthy colours

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

Add some softness

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

You have moved into your new home, but because of all the moving finalizations, you don’t have time to plan your redecoration project and are unsure how and where to start. Luckily, there are now numerous design and decor trends that you can choose to incorporate into your home. However, keep in mind that not all of them can be a good addition to your home design, so you have to choose carefully. In order to help you, we have gathered our top points that you must have on your new home checklist. Let’s take a look and get inspired.

The laundry room

Every home needs a well-organized laundry room. Many movers know from experience how important it is to have a working washer and dryer above anything else during that initial period. On top of that, it’s important to stock it with necessary hampers, detergents, and all the essential products that you need for washing. Additionally, it’s good to keep your iron and ironing board here as well, so you can easily fetch them after pulling your clothes from the dryer. Lastly, other handy essentials you may need include a lint roller, boxes in which you can deposit items found in pockets and an extremely practical plastic laundry folder.

Bathroom prep

Equipping the bathroom with essentials should be the next item on your list. Start by incorporating some basics like shower curtains, trash can and toothbrush holders, so that your first guests don’t feel as though they are visiting a vacant apartment. Furthermore, if you want to truly dazzle your visitors, make sure to paint your bathroom with an eco-friendly acrylic colour that will look chic and prevent moisture from damaging the walls. If you have a small bathroom and want to make it more practical, make sure to opt for floating vanities and a big wall mirror to make the room feel more spacious. Finally, nothing makes the bathroom atmosphere more enjoyable than greenery, so make sure to place some potted flowers on higher shelves and add a touch of serenity.

Accessorizing

If your home is nothing but bare walls, a couch and a coffee table, you are doing something wrong. First things first, make sure to choose the right curtains to add a glamorous feel to space, and don’t forget to let as much sunshine in during the day as possible. Apart from that, you can include ambient lightings like standing lamps and classy pendant lights, and use them as focus lights for key parts of your rooms. What’s more, when it comes to creating a friendly atmosphere, nothing works better than a spacious lounge and comfy bean bags for those laidback movie nights or gatherings with your friends. Lastly, don’t hesitate to be creative when it comes to decor. After all, a nice interior design is essential for making your house a home.

A posh garden

Since all your guests will first see your home’s exterior, you have to make sure that their first impression is a good one. For this reason, we recommend that you start with mowing your lawn and hiring professionals to create breathtaking flower arrangements for the front and back of your house. Once you have covered this, you can go even further and opt for a pool to raise your house parties to a whole other level. Keep in mind, you can’t call a garden posh without fabulous stone sculptures, a path made out of pebbles and, of course, you should choose cosy and trendy patio furniture to bring comfort to your outdoor spaces. When it comes to outdoor furniture materials if you have awnings you can even consider wood, just make sure it’s long-lasting.

Setting the mood in the bedroom

Now that you are almost ready to present your new home, you just need some essentials for the bedroom. This season, passionate colours for accent walls and pastel nuances combine to create a unique décor trend that you simply must apply here. Additionally, if you want to feel like royalty, you need a beige woollen rug to complement your high-quality wood furniture like an oak commode or rosewood nightstands. Finally, don’t forget to set the right mood with dimmer lights for romantic evenings with your partner.

As you can see, it doesn’t take much effort to check off every new house essential list. You just need to follow these simple steps, explore decor trends and not be afraid to make bold creative moves since it’s most important that you feel comfortable in your new home. Good luck with your project!