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Thanks to its simplicity, organic elements and functionality, many people choose to design their homes in the Scandinavian style. This style can be incorporated in many different rooms and it makes every space look and feel comfortable, cozy, practical and organized. So, here’s how you can maintain a perfect Scandi design in your home.

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The living room

You should probably spend the most time on designing your living room, since it’s the true heart of every home. It should really be a space where you and your family feel most comfortable at, so you can follow your heart on this one, instead of relying on an interior design catalogue. However, there are some elements that you can keep in mind while designing your Scandi living room. The first is probably carpets. The trend of wall-to-wall carpets was never popular in Scandinavia. Instead, they all opt for light wooden floors that are much more practical and functional. Furniture in Scandi style is characterized by clean lines and simple forms, but is also comfortable and functional. If you’re scared your space will be too cold and impersonal, you can add some texture and warmth to your living room with wall cladding and different fabrics.

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The bedroom

Scandinavians love the so-called non-colors like white and light gray, and the same goes for the bedroom. While white definitely dominates, you can add some spark to the space with touches of pale blue, pastels or even black details. However, your main concern for the bedroom should be comfort. There’s nothing comfier than thick knit blankets and throws to keep you warm in the winter. Another thing that’s characteristic and not at all unusual for Scandi bedrooms (and living rooms) is a fireplace. It comes very handy when it’s cold outside, especially if you live in areas with harsh winters.

Scandinavian bedroom

The kitchen

Skandi kitchens are very airy and bright, concentrating on functionality and simplicity above anything else. If your kitchen doesn’t have ample storage space, you can incorporate open shelves that are quite common in Scandinavian design. They are practical and allow easy access to your kitchen necessities. Once again, white dominates and it looks amazing paired with wooden or black and white checkered floors. The black and white combo really makes the space look stylish and sophisticated, and that’s what Scandi design is all about.

Scandinavian kitchen

The bathroom

Just like kitchens, Scandi bathrooms are also quite airy, light and functional. While white reigns here as well, it’s usually accompanied by dark or metallic fixtures and lighting. These darker details provide a perfect visual contrast to the white walls and tiles. If you want your bathroom to reminisce of Scandinavian saunas, you mustn’t forget timber. Choose light-colored timber (you can go green with recycled wood) and use it for your vanity cabinets or storage space. Another thing characteristic for Scandi bathrooms is the presence of greenery. Any plant, big or small, can add color and life to a monochrome space, which is why many interior designers choose to incorporate greenery in the bathroom. When it comes to the famous Scandinavian functionality, your fixtures should always be in top shape. So, have an experienced plumber on speed dial who will fix all your leaks and drips before they render your bathroom useless.

Scandinavian bathroom

An outside room

Scandinavians usually have a strong connection with nature, so it’s not a surprise that every apartment and every home has a balcony or a deck. These spaces are often used for hosting parties and enjoying the fresh air and sun during summer. And since Scandinavians love a good BBQ, make sure to equip your outdoor space with a good grill and some comfy furniture for al fresco dining.

So, if you feel attracted to the sophistication, simplicity, functionality and piece Scandi design offers, don’t hesitate to incorporate it into your home during your next renovation.

Lighting is one of the most important elements to consider when planning the design of your kitchen. Not only does it add a touch of magic and personality to the space, but it can complement and even transform the overall feel and energy of your kitchen. Options range from fluorescent lights to modern-day LED ceiling lights and chandeliers. All which you can use in different parts of the kitchen to create visual appeal and increased efficiency.

Hanging Lights

These conversation starters are ideal for an open plan kitchen, especially if you have high ceilings. They attract attention and add a dramatic feel to the whole space. You can even have them colored to suit your décor palette, or keep them simple if you’re going for a clean aesthetic.

There are plenty of options to choose from here, with the most popular being glamorous chandeliers and colorful pendants. Whichever style you go for, just make sure to match the size of the light fitting to the scale of your kitchen so that it looks aligned and attractive.

Task-specific Lights

As I mentioned earlier, you can mix and match lighting options in your kitchen for efficiency and aesthetic appeal. However, the most important thing about task lighting is that it’s meant to make life easier for you in the kitchen. That’s why you’ll find task lights in places like above the hob area, over the sink, below cabinets and over the central island.

These are the areas where you’ll be preparing your food, mixing things, washing up or just eating and hanging out with loved ones. You can even add lights inside your pantry as well, as this will make it easier to find things when cooking at night. Sensor lights work great for the pantry, while fluorescent tube fittings and strip lights are stunning options for the other task areas mentioned.

Accent Lights

Accent lights can be a sensational addition to an entertainer’s kitchen. They’re typically utilised to highlight or bring attention to beautiful objects like artwork and sculptures, but you can also use them to emphasize other areas like the stairs leading to your pantry or wine cellar (if you have one).

Accent lights come in different styles, including wall scones, wired lighting and directional eyeball fittings. All of these create a 3D effect on the object, transforming your kitchen into a completely different space during the evenings.

Ambient Lighting

If you want your kitchen to feel light and cheerful throughout the day and night, then ambient lighting is the way to go. Ambient lighting carries the tone of natural light which comes into your kitchen, often incorporating ethereal looking LED strip lights or cheeky puck fitting under the cabinets, to create a buoyant atmosphere.

Using semi-flush and recessed light fixtures is ideal for achieving ambient lighting in large areas, while LED tape lighting provides non-invasive light to smaller areas like under the sink and cabinets. My personal favourite is to just let nature do her thing, by incorporating natural light from the sun through glass doors and skylights.

Decorative Lights

Decorative lights in my opinion, are great for accentuating particular details that you’re most proud of in your kitchen. Like that marble countertop on the island, or special fixtures on the cabinets. Either way, decorative lights can add some serious whimsical effects to a kitchen when done right. Your options here include striking chandeliers, a mixture of differently shaped and colored pendant lights, as well as flush mounts or beautifully designed lamps.

Layered Lighting

With layered lighting, you can use a combination of ambient, accent and task lighting solutions to create an effortlessly comfortable space. Having a combination of lighting solutions is the way to go if you want to get the most out of your kitchen, and the idea here is to ensure that the fixtures you choose actually complement one another.

Era Specific

You can easily incorporate a light fixture from the roaring 20s to a contemporary kitchen, not only to create an interesting contrast, but also to pay homage to that particular era. This detail also brings an eclectic feel to the kitchen, while the fixture itself can easily become a conversation starter in a space with otherwise clean lines.

Conclusion

As you can see, the devil is in the details when it comes to kitchen lighting. There are plenty of options to choose from to help transform an ordinary kitchen into ‘the heart of the home’, where everyone feels welcome and comfortable.

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

 

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Being one of the most popular home decorating/reality/celebrity style shows out there, MTV Cribs has done something no other TV format has ever been able to do – it showed us that celebrities are just as messy and bad at decorating as we are! This show was meant to be an insight into the private lives to today’s most popular actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, dancers and everyone else who’s got their 15 minutes of fame, but became so much more. Conceived as a sort of a bridge between celebrities and fans, its creators never counted on the cultural impact it had on the perception of famous people and their taste. The way someone decorates their home shows you what kind of a person they are, and MTV Cribs portrays this excellently. And if you’re decorating your home, this is a great way to see what to do and, more importantly, what not to do, so here are some of the things this show can teach you about interior design.

Big houses are OK

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It’s clear why most people don’t like big houses: they’re hard to maintain, easy to get lost in and challenging to decorate – not to mention extremely expensive. Due to that, big houses were always a decorator’s worst nightmare and something many realtors recommend avoiding. But, MTV Cribs shattered this myth and showed us big houses can be just as comfortable and cozy as smaller ones. As long as you have a good interior decorator that could turn your huge rooms into comfy spaces, you’re good to go. Luckily for all those celebrities featured on the show, they were all able to afford such help – although not all of them managed to achieve coziness, of course – and showed us that big houses are quite all right after all.

Bold color choices

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Unlike most people who prefer simple color choices for their walls, celebrities prefer something flashier, bolder and more colorful. That’s why their homes are always painted in colors that make you dizzy or disoriented. These unusual and interesting shades such as pelt, tangerine, pink or Amazon moss aren’t something your Average Joe would choose for their rooms, but celebrities don’t have a problem with colors with names that are hard to spell. Finally, color combinations their interior designers choose can be transferred into your home as well, so pay attention to this when watching the show.

Comfy furniture

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Celebrities like living cozily and that’s why they always buy the most comfortable furniture available. And if you’re in the process of decorating your own home, this is exactly what you need. Comfy sofas, chairs and beds never go out of style and seeing something on MTV Cribs could easily inspire you to do the same. Additionally, check the arrangement of the furniture and you’ll be able to decorate your own living room in no time.

Kitsch

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This is the best word to describe some celebrities’ homes that are outrageously tasteless. When you take a look at the most famous episodes of this show, you’ll see how many celebrities have zero taste when it comes to home decorating – from their dozens of bedrooms they never use to the oversized indoor pools and exercising facilities that will forever remain intact. Not to mention their shiny decorations, golden furniture and valuable paintings they know nothing about. As soon as you see this, you’ll realize why you need to avoid it at all costs.

Overstuffed rooms

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The decorating philosophy of most celebrities can be explained in four words – the more the better. Being able to afford it, they have a tendency to overstuff their rooms and don’t worry about maneuvering space at all. Their living rooms are packed with too much furniture, their bedrooms stuffed with oversized beds and their bathrooms full of unnecessary decorations. The lesson here is simple – a decluttered home is a happy home and something you should strive for.

Other ideas

Some of the other negative interior decorating ideas shown on MTV Cribs include huge garages, poor color combinations, as well as inadequate use of space – just remember Mariah Carey’s huge walk-in closet or 50 Cent’s entertainment room/nightclub. These are all the elements you should avoid when decorating your home, but definitely take some of the aforementioned positive ideas into consideration.

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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.

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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.

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Some of the most popular interior design trends today revolve around a clever use of all things vintage and antique. What’s more, the newfound love for mixing and matching the old with the new allows for a lot more freedom in home décor as well as a unique and personal touch. In general, well matched antique bits and pieces can add dimension, texture and warmth to your home environment.

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Looking for antiques

You may get scared at the mention of the word “antique” and assume that just one piece can cost you an arm and a leg. Of course, that can be true – if you look for your furniture and décor at antique galleries and shops that deal with centuries old, extravagant pieces. However, antique nowadays refers to anything that simply doesn’t look modern and is reminiscent of the past decades. So, if you don’t want a Queen Anne’s cabinet for your bedroom, you can definitely find some great deals and vintage pieces at flea markets, thrift shops and even garage sales. This, however, means that the best finds will await you only if you take the trouble to patiently browse and look through all the offers that come your way.

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Matching the furniture

When it comes to vintage/antique furniture pieces, as mentioned, the hottest trend nowadays is to match them with the modern ones. For example, vintage chairs can look absolutely stunning when matched with a modern dining table or a coffee table. The same effect can be achieved with antique tables and modern sofas and chairs. This balance is necessary if you don’t want to overstep the line and end up with a kitsch and gaudy look that doesn’t feel pleasant. Moreover, matching the old and the new in your bedroom can be effectively achieved if you stick to the color pattern. In case you have an antique desk or a wardrobe, make sure that the nightstands and bed have the same shade of wood. If only one furniture piece in your entire room is antique, introduce vintage-inspired wall décor, such as large paintings, to add some harmony to the whole look.

When it comes to vintage/antique furniture pieces, as mentioned, the hottest trend nowadays is to match them with the modern ones. For example, vintage chairs can look absolutely stunning when matched with a modern dining table or a coffee table. The same effect can be achieved with antique tables and modern sofas and chairs. This balance is necessary if you don’t want to overstep the line and end up with a kitsch and gaudy look that doesn’t feel pleasant. Moreover, matching the old and the new in your bedroom can be effectively achieved if you stick to the color pattern. In case you have an antique desk or a wardrobe, make sure that the nightstands and bed have the same shade of wood. If only one furniture piece in your entire room is antique, introduce vintage-inspired wall décor, such as large paintings, to add some harmony to the whole look.

Introduce little details

Mixing and matching your furniture and other larger objects is a tad easier compared to the smaller decorative bits and pieces. In general, you have a better grasp of what furniture layout fits your taste and achieves a good balance. On the other hand, it’s fairly simple to get overwhelmed with antique decorative details. You should be very careful not to overstuff your personal environment with these because you will only create clutter, and there are no benefits to living in a cluttered space. What’s more, too much antique clutter can again look really distasteful when paired with the rest of your furniture. In that respect, use these decorative details as statement pieces. A vintage tea set, intricate statue or some other figurine, a music box, a vintage mirror, etc., can all look absolutely stunning if they are the main display piece in your room. Of course, other sleeker and more modern details can match these nicely if you keep your decorating task minimal.

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What about kitchens and bathrooms?

For some people, it’s relatively easy to work with this interesting interior style when it comes to their living room and bedroom. However, kitchen and bathroom can prove to be a bit of a challenge. Don’t feel pressured into piling up antique décor in these two rooms. Your kitchen can look amazing with all of your modern elements if you just add a set of antique pictures or even a tapestry. Furthermore, you can always use decorative plates and pots for pops of antique décor, as well as create your own backsplash with vintage-inspired vinyl wallpaper. Similarly, dark timber in your bathroom can make a huge difference. Free standing tubs can look great, but if you don’t want to invest in renovation, feel free to mix the wooden elements with antique gold details. Thanks to the waterproof metallic spray paints, you can transform any surface you want.

There are plenty of other interesting details that you can add to your mix of modern and antique home interior. Rugs, cushions, curtains, antique-looking frames, and lighting shades are just some of them. Still, as mentioned before, you have to make sure that the antique bits and pieces don’t overshadow the modern ones and vice versa. Always strive for balance and harmony as you keep the desired impact in mind.

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.

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

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

Living Room

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

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

Home Office

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

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

The Bedroom

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

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

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

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Although decorating with nice, soft and natural colors is always the safest and probably the chicest way to go, sometimes you just want to spice things up a little bit, right? But, some people are usually afraid of going bold. Don’t be. Here is how you can easily incorporate bright, bold and strong colors into your neutral space without making everything tacky. The safest and probably the best option is to start slowly by adding various accessories. Here are some you could consider.

Rug

Rugs are the best and coolest accessories for every room. Besides screaming style, they also provide you with a warm fuzzy place for your feet, which makes buying a rug a total win-win scenario. Oh, and let’s not forget about their special role: hiding floor flaws.
If you want to spice things up a little bit in your neutral light space with light floors, opt for an area rug in a bold color such as red, orange, royal blue or purple. If your floor is dark, get a lighter shade such as champagne white or Pantone Greenery shade.

A group of accessories

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When you add a group of like-colored elements, it gives the room a huge impact. For example, you can add some bar chairs in the same color, a set of cobalt vases or something like that.

Painting

Paintings are a perfect choice for those who like their furniture and accessories minimalistic, but still want to add some color. Add artwork and photographs to your space. This especially goes for that all-white places, because the paintings will instantly give it that gallery-like impression and a perfect impact.

Pillows

They are giving you the best of both worlds, for sure. First of all, if you choose your pillow set correctly, the entire room will seem way more elegant, and second, they are providing you with comfort. Make sure that they’re soft enough as well as big enough. The perfect choice would be those fluffy down-filled 22-inch ones because, the larger they are, the better they look.

How to?

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80/20 rule

Basically, the 80 is for neutral, while 20 is for bold colors. It means that you actually don’t have to add that much in order to create an impact. If you don’t think it is enough, just remember the red lipstick. You know how small our lips are when it comes to our body proportions, right? Yet, our entire look changes once we change the color of our lipstick.

Warm vs. Cool

Before doing anything, you have to determine: do you like cool colors (blue, purple, green, grey etc.) better or the warm ones (reds, yellows, oranges etc.)? Once you do this, make sure you’re using them separately. Keep things simple all the time. Mixing cool colors with warm ones can go wrong in no time, and it is extremely complicated. You don’t need that much stress in your life.

Darks and lights

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While light colors open up the space, dark ones are making it appear much smaller. The key is in making a balance which will “deceive” our eyes. Vary the use of strong and dark colors from room to room to make a nice contrast between them. Also, make sure that your space itself has a great lighting. Not only light opens up the rooms, but it also makes every color seem a lot stronger and nicer.

Painting walls – yes or no?

First of all, you should know that painting walls is an exhausting and expensive process. Not to mention that painting every single wall is going to end up looking awful and make the space look smaller, and believe it or not – dirty. Instead, paint just one accent wall with a bold color of your choice. It is going to be far more effective.
That would be it. We hope our advice helped, and that you will have fun while decorating.

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You have decided new windows are essential. What remains to be determined is the type of materials you would prefer to use. There’s always the option of going with wooden windows again, but why not look into the other options? Here are some of the more important qualities that come with the installation of vinyl windows.

Virtually Scratch Free

Did you know that vinyl is durable enough to resist scratching? That’s important since it means your new windows in Hamilton will look new for many more years. Little to no scratching will help make maintaining the windows a simpler task and in general help the home look nicer on the inside and outside.

windows

No Painting

How often did you have to paint the old windows? Many homeowners find that the sashes and frames need to be at least touched up every couple of years. If you are not the type who enjoys painting, seeing the paint on a window sill begin to crack and chip will not be a welcome sight. Things get even less enjoyable when you think about the time and money you are about to invest in applying a fresh coat of paint.

When you decide to install vinyl Calgary windows instead of investing in new wooden windows, you can put the paint brush away. The color of the vinyl does not chip or fade as the years pass. Instead of having to paint, all you will need to do is use a little soap and water to remove any dirt or grime that accumulates. Once that is done, the windows will look great for a long time before you need to wash them again.

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Multi-Glazed Instead of Double-Glazed

Did you know that vinyl windows are typically multi-glazed rather than double-glazed? This does not interfere with the ability to look out of your windows. What it will do is offer more protection from the heat of summer and the cold of winter. When matched with higher-quality insulation in the walls and attic, vinyl windows make it much less expensive to heat and cool your home.

Depending on the square footage in your home and the amount of shade the home received from nearby trees, you could end up saving a lot of money on those monthly bills. It won’t take long to find something that you can do with all the money those windows save in the way of reduced utility costs.

Lasts for Decades

There are examples of vinyl windows holding up well for as long as five decades. During that time, you don’t have to be concerned about the windows warping or rotting due to exposure. Vinyl also doesn’t rust, so there is no need to be concerned about the material weakening for quite a few years. Thanks to the durability of vinyl, you can expect the windows to look great and operate properly for a long time.

Talk with your contractor about vinyl windows and how they hold up in comparison to other window options. You will find that choosing vinyl makes sense in terms of cost, savings in the years to come, and appearance.