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Most landlords wish for a stable, preferably long-term, relationship with their tenants. However, you cannot expect to have a harmonious and lucrative relation if you don’t offer anything in return. When they come to take a look at the rental, they don’t want to find a place in dire need of repair but a cosy nest they can live in. With that in mind, here are some tips on how to make your rental more appealing to the prospective tenants.

Obtain home insurance

Your rental is your source of income, so naturally, you wish for it and your belongings to be safe and from a tenants’ point of view, it shows that you are professional and thorough. Also, they would be at peace knowing that, in case something unexpected happens, they don’t have to worry about being blamed or expected to pay for items that got destroyed. Naturally, you need to do detailed research into different insurance options since you would want it to cover as much as possible – some even cover up to 12 months of rent if the property isn’t habitable after some disaster. Obtaining a comprehensive insurance policy is a practical move both in terms of security and the impression you will leave on your potential tenants.

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Invest in practical furniture

One of the elements that tenants appreciate in any home is functional and comfortable furniture. It often happens that they need to sleep on old sofas so if you have room for a proper bed, that will definitely pique their interest. If you don’t have enough space, you can purchase a pull-out sofa but make sure to test it so you are certain that one can get a good night’s sleep on it. As for the rest of the furniture, it depends on the size of the property and your budget. However, avoid overstuffing the rental because it will seem smaller and cramped. Also, you might be surprised by the popularity of sustainable furniture, so for instance by opting for a set of chairs made from bamboo, you will attract millennials who make up a big portion of current tenants and who are well-known environmentalists. 

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Provide quality appliances 

Perhaps the most decisive elements in the decision-making process of a tenant are quality appliances. Most will not even mind that much if the place is a bit smaller than they searched for initially as long as the appliances they use daily work properly. Provide them with a stove and the fridge for the kitchen so they can prepare and store food and feel more at home and also consider purchasing a washing machine. Since many rentals don’t have it, opting for a quality washing machine will give you an advantage from the tenants’ perspective. In general, if you can afford it, you may invest in energy-efficient appliances which is an excellent solution for decreasing the energy bills in the future.

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Improve the curb appeal 

Although not even a lavish exterior guarantees that the interior is in a good state, it still leaves a strong first impression with tenants. If the lawn is messy, tend to the grass and any bushes and trees and clear out the driveway. Another thing to consider is the front doors – sturdy front doors in combination with windows with functional locks give out the notion of safety and are something which will be highly valued by any tenant. If the current doors are in a state of repair, you need to take care of them immediately since the beauty of the interior will fade if they feel unprotected. Also, if your rental is a house, you can consider adding external motion sensor lights so that any unwanted guests are warded off due to this extra layer of security.

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Liven it up with some colour

Chipped paint is not something that tenants will think of as charming, so fixing such issues is essential for a long-term relationship with tenants. Also, adding a splash of colour can be a good idea to change the atmosphere of the rental. Naturally, you needn’t go too wild because dark purple walls might not be to everybody’s liking. What you can do is paint the rental in some neutral colours to refresh it and make it appear more spacious and brighter and then you can add a few walls in some colour that pops, such as blue or yellow. You can achieve the same effect with furniture, so white walls would go splendidly with a turquoise armchair.

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Conclusion

In the world of real estate, safety comes first. Only once you take care of that, you can tend to functionality and aesthetic appeal to attract reliable long-term tenants.

You could live in a small apartment or in a large house, but space is always something you can get more out of if you are strategic in your choice of furniture. Instead of choosing items that serve one purpose only, go for furniture that works harder for you and that brings multifunctionality to your home without sacrificing style. 

 

Here are a few examples of types of furniture that accomplish more than one purpose: 

1. Entrance bench with storage

Make furniture work for you right from the entrance to your home. Add an entrance bench with storage capabilities in this area. The shelf or cubbies below can host the shoes you’re planning on wearing regularly. Find a wheeled one so you can easily move it around and even hide it inside a hallway closet if you’re looking to amp up the space.

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2. Mirror with built-in hooks

Your entryway could also benefit from another dual-function item: a mirror that comes with hooks. You can check your hairstyle before leaving the home and also hang up your coat in the same spot!

3. Triple-purpose couch

Couch by day, bed by night, and with an additional bookshelf to add some much-needed extra storage. What item could spell multifunctionality better than this one? Feel free to mark down your calendar because you already have a bed for your next guests!

4. Coffee table and dining room table (two in one)

An instant dining room table or a versatile coffee table? You can pick the name, but this adjustable-height item can work as two separate pieces of furniture. Use it as a coffee table primarily and let it transform into a dining room table when you have guests over.

5. Vintage trunk side table

Shop the thrift stores for a vintage trunk with character that can be a great addition to your living room aesthetic. Besides, the trunk can also offer hidden storage for blankets and extra throws while hosting decorations or books on top. Who said functionality and style can’t come together?

6. Ottoman storage

An ottoman provides extra seating in your living room, but there’s more to it. Most ottomans come with extra storage. You can keep your extra magazines inside of it, for example. Also, if you’re in a crunch for space, use the ottoman as a coffee table if the surface is sturdy enough. 

7. Window bench with cubbies

You can get excellent use of the space under a window if you place a cushioned bench with cubby-holes there. They can hold magazines and books or they can be home to your child’s toys. You can use them to create a sunny reading nook where you can take in the natural light. 

8. Fold-out desk with wall-mounted shelf

For many of us, having a work desk at home became a necessity in 2020. Why not use one that folds out and provides the necessary storage space for your office essentials and more? Pick a fold-out desk that comes with a built-in shelf where all your files and pens can have a home. There’s also room for reference books or the occasional item of décor your home needs to feel cozy.

9. Murphy bed

The functionality of the Murphy bed can’t be beat, but when you add a built-in shelving unit above the bed you get so much more! The shelves framing the bed will allow for ample storage room for your essentials, whether you have an impressive book collection or you’re looking to incorporate your bedroom essentials into the décor. For maximum utility, make sure to get a Murphy bed that also offers closet capabilities when you fold it up. 

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10. Mirror with storage ladder

There never seems to be enough space to hang everything, so a dual-purpose mirror is exactly what you need. Place it on the floor and use the ladder at the back to store blankets that you’re not using or other small items that need a temporary home such as scarves or other accessories. 

11. Wheeled kitchen island

There isn’t much a kitchen island can’t do for you, especially when it’s on wheels! Use the surface as a cooking station, while the top drawers are the perfect places to keep smaller kitchen utensils. The lower built-in cabinets can host all manner of kitchen appliances and accessories that you frequently use. The beauty of this item is that you can move it out of the way if you have guests and you could use that extra space.

12. Bathroom bench with storage

Add a cushioned bench in your bathroom close to the shower, in an area that rarely sees practical use. The drawer beneath is the perfect spot to store toiletries and towels. This is a perfect addition, especially if your bathroom lacks the cabinets needed for all the products you regularly use there. Make sure the cushion above the bench can withstand the moisture in the room.

13. Green lawn seat

Your outdoor space can also benefit from smart setups that bring more than one use for you. If you’ve always wanted a bench and a planter but space isn’t on your side, there’s a solution that helps you avoid that problem. You can have both: Add two planters and connect them with a plank to create that much-desired bench. Now you can smell the roses while you take a rest in your new favorite outdoor spot!

Declutter and store extra stuff away from home

A lot of times, home storage solutions do not suffice when it comes to accommodating all your household items. In that case, you can turn to self storage to help you keep seasonal clothing, hobby gear, home appliances, holiday decorations or even some furniture so that you can enjoy a clutter-free life. If you live in a place where the climate is humid, such as Florida or Texas, make sure to consider a unit with a climate-controlled environment to protect your sensitive items. Climate-controlled storage units in Miami, for example, are easy to find and are relatively inexpensive, so that turning to storage away from home won’t hurt your household budget much, all while giving you more room to breathe at home.

 

Did we help you find the multipurpose furniture you were looking for? Let us know in the comments section below.

High-pressure workdays, household chores and raising your kids are simply guaranteed to cause you a lot of stress. But so much stress can seriously affect your overall well-being. Heart diseases, cirrhosis of the liver, aging and fatal accidents are all linked with increased stress level. That’s why it’s very important that you do whatever you can in order to reduce stress. And is there a better way to start than turning your home into a real stress-reducing place? The following 5 tips will help you do so.

De-Clutter the Entire Place


It’s no secret that clutter is super stress-inducing. Not being able to find something you need can always cause some additional stress, especially when you are in a hurry. That’s why decluttering your house is one of the first things you will have to do is you want your home to become a real stress-reducing place. Of course, you don’t have to do it all at once. Take 15 minutes a day and try to find some new places for all the clutter that is just lying around your home. Also, make it a goal to fill at least one trash bag with the things you no longer need.

Add a Touch of Nature

We all know that spending time in nature can help you reduce stress. So why not try to bring the outside inside and make your home as green as possible? Potted plants are always a good option. What’s great about them is that most of them are quite easy to take care of, which means they will cause you absolutely no stress at all. If you like doing yoga, this can be a great setting for your meditation. Bromeliad, philodendron and spider plants are easy to maintain and they are guaranteed to make your home stress-reducing. You can also combine these with some nature-inspired designs to your décor.

Try to Create Symmetry

Another important thing you will have to do when trying to make your home more stress-reducing is to try to create symmetry. Symmetry can lead to a feeling of peace and help you relax. This is the case because symmetry prevents your eyes from bouncing from an object in the room to the other. Of course, things don’t have to be perfectly matched, but sticking to symmetry in the terms of color, proportion and light is always recommended. Just let your creativity flow and you are definitely going to come up with some new ways to add symmetry to your home.

Consider Your Lighting Options


Overhead lights are known to cause headaches which is another stress inducer. Therefore, if you want to be relaxed all the time when you are at home, you should make sure there’s a lot of natural light. Consider installing a new window or two as well as glass doors if possible. This will allow you to create a cozy feeling in your living room. Still, you will need some lighting options for the evenings as well. That’s where desk lamps might come in handy. Halogen bulbs don’t cause headaches as much as incandescent bulbs do, so make sure you use them for your desk lamps.

Keep the Air Fresh

Your stress level can also depend on the air quality inside of your home. This is especially the case if you or any other family member is a smoker. Getting an air purifier is always the best option for eliminating the stale air. If you decide to get one for your home, make sure you find one that will fit into your interior. Using scented candles will also help you keep the air inside of your fresh. Some of the scents such as lavender, chocolate and cinnamon can be used as a part of aromatherapy and help you reduce stress.

All of these tips are guaranteed to help you change the atmosphere inside of your home and make it a real stress-reducing place. Even if you do all of these things, bear in mind that getting at least 2 hours of rest per day is an absolute must if you don’t want stress to cause you some more serious health conditions.

 

This season is all about bringing the outside in and taking the inside out. A need to connect with nature has never been more desirable than it is today when we have already stayed away from our natural roots far into the depths of technological innovations. One way to become one with Mother Nature once again is to introduce raw, natural materials into your house. Start by checking out some of our ideas on how to enhance your home in a nature-friendly manner.

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Incorporate wooden elements for the finishing touches

Wood is the ultimate finishing material and the reason that so lies in the many possible ways you can design it for any purpose you imagine. It can be transformed into anything from a raw and unstained cover with knots and grains to a marble-like surface. In any case, one thing is for sure – it looks great. Bringing wood into your home is one of the most efficient ways to reconnect your everyday space with nature. 

Aside from the finishing touches, you can use wood to completely cover your floors, ceilings, and walls, giving the room a rustic, cabin-like look. Wooden furniture is also very welcome since it is the most sustainable furnishing solution. 

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Enjoy a lifetime of quality flooring with concrete

If you want a truly long-lasting flooring solution, you should be on the lookout for sustainable decorative concrete which has become incredibly trendy in interior design. You can choose to have your concrete flooring done in different colors, but probably the most stylish choice would be to leave it raw and exposed. This type of flooring will definitely look the same for many years just as it looks today. 

There are several ways to use decorative concrete, but the most obvious choices are definitely driveways, pool surrounds, paths, and al frescos. By leaving the concrete design exposed, you’ll prevent slipping and also nail that natural look that fits perfectly in both an indoor and an outdoor landscape. 

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Color your house with lavish greenery

Probably the healthiest way to invite nature into your home is to let the greenery in. Plants are not only lush stylish décor elements but they are also natural air purifiers, which gives them the title of number one must-have element in any eco-friendly, nature-oriented home. All kinds of flowers and potted plants are welcome and the more you have – the happier you will be.

Psychologists have shown that the color green has calming effects, which any Zen lover can confirm. While large plants and small indoor trees are more suitable accent items for bigger rooms, don’t forget that there are hanging plants that can easily fit in smaller rooms and look just as adorable.

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Paint your home with the colors of the wind

When it comes to choosing a color palette, focus on the hues you can find in nature and forget about strongly pigmented RGB mutant colors. If your first thought is that you should make your home plain green and brown because these are the colors that first come to mind, remember that nature is much more colorful than that. You might find various shades of red quite interesting, such as brick red, burnt red or terracotta, while marine blues can complement these reddish tones in order to make the perfect blend with the wooden and sandy shades.

Mocha, beige and sage green are another winning combination for those of you who are fans of brighter hues. With just a bit of grey coming from the concrete flooring and a cozy fireplace, you will have yourself the ultimate nature color palette.

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Trust in the beauty of raw imperfection

Remember that the word “raw” can be translated into rough and imperfect. The art of incorporating raw elements into your home lies in leaving it unfinished – just like nature would. It’s not that often possible to see sharp corners and steep edges in nature, yet we tend to geometrize every part of our homes. In order to avoid this artificial setting, opt for curvy edges and imperfect finishes as much as you can.

 

Incorporating raw materials into your home will only bring you one step closer to nature, but consider this being only an intro into a more organic and eco-friendly lifestyle. Some further steps could be trying to reduce the amount of waste you produce, shopping for organic ingredients, and cycling to work. You will see how every new step towards a more natural way of living will only become easier.

The average American gets roughly 6.8 hours of sleep each night. Getting quality sleep each night will make you a more productive and positive person. The key to getting a good night’s rest is having a bedroom that is optimized for relaxation. If you are having problems getting to sleep each night, now is the time to assess the cause of this issue.

The main thing you need to do is assess the condition of your bedroom. Luckily, there are a number of changes you can make to a bedroom to make it more appealing and comfortable. Below are some ideas you may want to consider when trying to make your bedroom look and feel better.

A New Mattress is a Good Idea

When trying to figure out what changes need to be made to your bedroom, be sure to take a good hard look at your mattress. Is your mattress old or unsupportive? If so, you need to find a new mattress quickly to avoid prolonging your problems with a lack of rest each night. With all of the different mattresses on the market, choosing the right one will not be easy. The type of mattress you choose will depend a lot on the way you sleep.

For instance, the mattresses best for side sleepers tend to be sleep surfaces that are firmer. Great mattress options for side sleepers like the Leesa Original are classified as a medium-firm sleep surface. This mattress features many layers of memory foam designed to make the distribution of body weight more efficient and successful. If your existing mattress is causing shoulder or back pains, you need to swap it out for one of these medium-firm sleep surfaces.

Remove Mobile Devices From Your Bedside Table

The average consumer owns a number of mobile devices. Whether you have a phone or tablet, keeping these devices charged is essential. However, you need to be selective about where you have your phone or tablet charger. Most people make the mistake of putting their phone or mobile device on their bedside table each night to charge.

In most cases, you will spend a lot of time laying in bed playing on your phone or tablet. This can result in you losing a lot of sleep. Rather than letting your sleep suffer as a result of technological distractions, you need to move your devices away from where you sleep. Charging these devices in another room can help you avoid getting distracted when you are trying to wind down for the night.

Pay Attention to Your Window Coverings

The main goal you should have when designing your bedroom is making it a place you can rest and relax with ease. While having a comfortable mattress is important, you also need to focus on other items in this room. If you are tired of having your sleep interrupted by sunlight or headlights from outside, it is time to rethink your existing window covering options. Windows that are covered with sheer material will allow a lot of light in.

If you are attempting to sleep longer each day, then you probably need to invest in curtains that can block out this light. For years, people have used blackout curtains in their homes due to the benefits they provide. Not only can blackout curtains keep sunlight out, but it can also help you to keep the interior temperature of your home down. The lower the temperature is, the less energy your HVAC unit will have to consume.

New Sheets Are a Great Investment

Over time, the sheets on your bed will start to wear out. Old and worn sheets are usually rough and uncomfortable, which is why getting new ones is a great idea. When shopping for new sheets, be sure to pay attention to the thread count. Sheets with a higher thread count are usually softer and far more durable. With some research, finding quality sheets for a reasonable price will be a breeze.

Bedroom Upgrades Come in All Shapes and Sizes

As you can see, there are a number of things you can do to make your bedroom more comfortable and appealing. By investing money in bedroom upgrades, you can improve both the quantity and quality of your sleep.

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

The surprising luxury of coziness

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

Enhancing your bathroom space

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

All aboard the eclectic express

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

Matte is the new black

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

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

A lot of interior decor tips focus on simplicity and minimalism, which is always a safe bet that will make your space look clean and neutral. But, if you’re looking to spice things up a bit, there are ways to make that happen that will also add a lot of charm to your living room. For example, combining different patterns might sound strange and unacceptable to some, but is actually a quite fun and interesting way to make your living room come to life. For that reason, here are some helpful tips that will help you combine different patterns in your living room.

If you don’t know where to start, use a neutral base

living room with grey, black and white furniture

For those who are unsure or a bit afraid to try something new, then you can use neutral wall and floor colours as a starting point. After that, you can use a colourful area rug or sofa cushions as patterned decor elements, and for some extra character, feel free to combine different patterns. Matching neutral tones with patterns will add a balance to your space, which can be great if you’re the type who likes to be surrounded by the best of both worlds.

Don’t be afraid to add some bright colours

living room with colorful rug and colorful decorative pillows

Colours can truly transform your home, especially if you do like bright tones such as aquamarine blue or mustard yellow. Still, it’s important to keep the balance, because too many colours can create confusion and anxiety. In case you love patterns, you can always incorporate some zebra and cheetah prints. For example, you can get a turquoise sofa and add leopard print cushions, but make sure to pay attention to the balance, so adding some monochromatic tones to keep things in check. 

Use nature as a source of inspiration

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Aside from animal prints, there are some other, equally interesting ways, to use nature as your main source of inspiration. Floral prints can make a wonderful wallpaper, and they can also be used on one or two walls only, which can be a great addition to your living room without actually making your room stuffy and confusing. Aside from floral motifs, you can also opt for birds, leaves or stone elements. Combining various nature-inspired themes can make your living room come to life, and if you’re an outdoorsy type who likes hikes in nature, then these types of decor patterns are the perfect choice for you. 

Organize together patterns that have similar styles

living room with blue and grey furniture and decoration

Grouping similar patterns together will bring a certain element of cohesiveness to your place, and this is also a wonderful starting point if you’re new to this type of home decor. Additionally, it’s essential to point out that traditional patterns such as floral and plaid go well with other traditional patterns like damask. On the other hand, more modern and minimalist prints, such as chevron will go better with those that are similar in nature. Of course, you can mix and match traditional and modern patterns, but make sure to be careful not to go too far, especially if you’re new to experimenting with colorful and bold details.

Don’t be scared to break the rules

modern colorful living room and dining room

Being consistent with certain hues and keeping the balance is great, but if you feel like you can pull off something a bit more wild, don’t hesitate to make it happen, because sometimes seemingly incompatible elements can make for a unique and inspiring home decor solution. After all, you’re the one who makes all the decisions, so don’t be discouraged if you know that it will work well in your own space. 

Different patterns can make your living room quite interesting and stunning, but still, don’t go overboard mainly if you don’t have enough experience to keep things balanced. It is easy to get swayed by different patterns and colours, so it’s always advisable to add some neutral tones to make everything proportional and tasteful.

Christmas is around the corner, which means it’s time to start organizing celebrations, meals, gifts and, of course, our homes. Decorating your space to mirror the festive atmosphere is one of the best aspects of Christmas, especially if you can share the decorating duties with your loved ones. There’s nothing more fairytale-like than bringing magic into your home during the holidays season, so as a result, here are some helpful tips that will help you decorate your place and feel great this Christmas:

Feel free to go overboard 

Golden, silver, sequins and all things shiny are the perfect Christmas decoration, so if you truly want to make your apartment pop, then feel free to go overboard this year. Add as many decorations as you like, if that makes you feel happy. If you want a Christmas tree in every room, then make it happen, because your home should be your own little haven, and you should be able to decorate it as you wish.

Fairy-tale Christmas: Tips For Bringing Magic Into Your Apartment

Play with different colors and shapes

If you prefer whimsy details and colorful atmosphere, then you can get out of your comfort zone and incorporate slightly different details such as pink, purple and blue small Christmas trees that you can place on the window sill or a bookshelf. Utilizing your shelves is a great way to get some extra room, so feel free to use them to hang garlands of lights or to proudly display your Christmas cards.  Aside from that, fun new patterns, pastel-colored bunts, crochet, and embroidery textures are all interesting alternatives to traditional Christmas decorations.

Don’t be afraid to go minimalist

Just because you prefer minimalism, doesn’t mean you shouldn’t indulge yourself with decorating your home this year. Adding one big Christmas tree with fairy lights and string paper wrapping is a great solution for those who live in a tiny apartment or live on a restricted budget. For some extra flair, you can add a few simple candles or metallic green and silver bunt over your door, because chances are, your place will look wonderful with a bit of monochromatic festive decoration.

Fairy-tale Christmas: Tips For Bringing Magic Into Your Apartment

Use fairytales as a source of inspiration

Fairytales are all around us, especially at this time of year: Frozen and Beauty and the Beast are only some of the beloved tales adored by adults and children alike. Going DIY this holiday season is a great way to practice your creative skills and save some money, so if you have children, feel free to create a Beauty and the Beast-inspired rose or add confetti-like those seen in Frozen. Christmas is the perfect time to revisit your favorite movies such as the Harry Potter series, so feel free to add some Hogwarts magic to your home while drinking some butterbeer and eating Bertie Botts every flavor beans!

Keep those lights on

There’s no Christmas without some lights on, so aside from candles, you can also hang string lights on your window or around the fireplace. If you have less room, then you can place them in vases on your table or thread them through the wreath. Still, the best way to add place festive lights is to put them on the Christmas tree as that will create a unique festive feeling in your apartment.

These tips will surely bring some Christmas magic to your place, but for some extra feel, add some fuzzy pillows and don’t forget to hang the stockings near the fireplace. Red, gold, silver and green are ultimate festive colors, but if you like, you can also experiment with pink, blue and yellow. Also, keep in mind that festive decorations should always be followed by great mood and tasty snacks, so this year, feel free to make your own mulled wine and gingerbread cookies as well, so you could fully enjoy the magical festive season.

Casual, natural, laid-back, yet elegant, sophisticated, and refined – French Country design style strives to seamlessly blend old and new while still retaining a note of elegance. It is a style that celebrates natural elements, embraces the items from the past and puts them in harmony with modern pieces, with special emphasis being put on comfort and creating a warm, homely feel. With that being said, it is easy to see why many homeowners are totally smitten with French Country decor – it strikes the right balance between elegance and practicality, urban and rustic, old and new. If you’re one of the homeowners looking for a way to capture the beauty of French countryside houses, here, we are listing a couple of decor tips that you can use as a guide for introducing this popular design style into your interiors. Read on to get inspired!

A soft, muted colour palette for subtle elegance

If you take a look at interiors designed with this particular style in mind, you’ll notice that they all rely on a soft, muted colour palette in order to create the perfect backdrop for their antique furnishings and well-worn fabrics. Pastel colours such as warm cream, rose quartz, and baby blue perfectly captures the love for the countryside, and they all work to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in the living space. Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape, French Country decor also makes use of earthy hues such as sage green and summer yellow as a way to breathe life into the interiors while keeping them looking elegant and refined.

 

Detailed patterns for an effortlessly layered look

Since the neutral colour scheme this decorating style often employs needs to be broken up somehow, rich fabrics and textures are incorporated into the home decor as a way of adding visual weight and enhancing the visual interest of the living space. Achieve an effortlessly layered look by adding detailed components and pieces with different textures. French Country decor wouldn’t be the same without its traditional, signature toile, so consider introducing this quintessential print on your headboard, bed linen, or your curtains. Mix it up with printed wallpapers and throw pillows with stripes and a gingham pattern just to add that extra something and achieve the perfect French Country look.

 

Natural elements for a touch of rustic charm

When it comes to decorating in French Country style, natural elements are something you should definitely implement into your interiors. Polished wood floors and detailed woodwork are essential components of this decorating style as they perfectly capture its essence, and that is – the humble comfort and homely atmosphere. Wooden chairs with a gingham print on them would certainly add a touch of rustic charm in your dining area, while country-style barn doors made from natural timber will add character to your living space and create a warm, welcoming vibe. A natural stone wall can be used to add a countryside feel to your interiors, while a coffee table with patina would certainly add to the rustic look of your living space.

Antique decor elements for a refined rustic style

Designing a space that is influenced by this decorating style means implementing items that have a story to tell. Antique items play a vital role in decorating in French Country style, and blending them with contemporary elements is key to adding the vibe of this design style into your interiors without going over the top. Sometimes, you won’t even have to spend much money on getting antique decor elements from expensive stores. Flea market finds and pieces from thrift shops can be quite helpful in achieving the rustic vibe in your living space, and won’t set you back a lot. Hang antique frames on your walls to enrich your vertical spaces and add gilded candlesticks and bird cages to create the perfect mix of old and new.

Vintage furnishings for bringing in French country flavor

This decorating style heavily relies on the use of vintage furnishings as a way of embracing and celebrating imperfections that come with age. One way of bringing in French country flavor into your interiors through furnishings is to include pieces that add to the rustic grace of the interiors while still retaining their small imperfections. A vintage, distressed armoire will go a long way in transforming your living space while still serving a purpose. Use this vintage furniture piece to store all your clothing in your bedroom, or introduce one into your kitchen as a storage solution for keeping your kitchenware on display. Include a big, vintage dining table in your dining room and add a couple of antique chairs to complement the whole rustic, old-world look.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of French Country decor and all the different ways you can incorporate it into your interiors, attaining this design style shouldn’t be a difficult thing to do. Use these tips as a guide for making this decorating style a part of your home and you’ll be well on your way of turning your home in to a dwelling that possesses the charm and grace of a French countryside cottage.

You’ve probably already noticed that numerous fashion and design styles we thought were long gone are making a huge comeback. One of these styles is undoubtedly the retro style. While in the previous years, everyone was looking to reduce their interiors to a bare minimum, embracing styles like minimalism, nowadays we can see more personality and fun being brought indoors with designs such as this one.

The retro style is probably one of the favorite styles from the past as it allows us to create stimulating living environments that both look stylish and cozy. That’s probably why it’s safe to say that this design style is certainly the one that’s here to stay. That being said, let’s see how you can retro up your abode and turn it into a stylish oasis everyone will be jealous of.

Brightly coloured chairs

Go for the colours and make them bright

Colours, especially bright ones, play a huge role in retro design. Some of the staples include the avocado green, mustard yellow, burnt orange and a lovely deep teal shade. Of course, browns and reds also play a significant role in the retro colour scheme. Blacks and whites are usually used minimally, only to enhance or accentuate the other shades. Pinks and purples are somewhat rare in retro design but when used, they are usually in dusty pink and royal purple tones. Therefore, the easiest way to create a retro vibe in your interior is by opening your door – and heart – to these beautiful retro shades

Go abstract with furniture and art

The furniture and art pieces that are the most typical in retro design style are usually anything but conventional. Abstract wall art and unique furniture pieces are usually where it’s at. That’s why you should go for pieces, such as a round, hanging, plastic chair or lush, roomy velvet sofa. Furthermore, think clean lines and simple design when talking about wooden furniture to avoid making your space come off as too busy. Finally, make sure that the art pieces you’ve chosen for your space don’t clash with the rest of your design.

Retro furniture

Make your personality shine with unusual décor

Unusual décor pieces are the things that will easily help you create a cozy atmosphere in your abode without necessarily trying too hard. The best part is that you can easily use these décor pieces to express your personal taste. Furthermore, if you’re lucky you will be able to find pieces that are not solely intended as décor but that also have a clear purpose. For instance, retro lamps represent the perfect combination of décor and purpose.

Fabrics and textures

Textures, textures everywhere

Textures also play a huge role in the retro design style. Some may even say that certain retro designs even go over the top with this design element. However, the fact is that you can never have too many textures in a retro-inspired space. Various fabrics, such as velvet – especially crushed velvet, satin and corduroy are just some of this design’s favorites. Aside from these, metal, plastic and wood also make for favorite choices, especially when furniture is concerned. Finally, you simply can’t have a retro-looking space without a shag rug, so don’t forget to include this design favorite as well.

Tie everything in

Finally, the easiest way to tie the entire design together is – as we already mentioned – with the use of some amazing shag rugs. You can either go with a single, oversized shag rug to serve as the base of the entire room or you can opt for a more layered vibe. Here, you can choose to layer a couple of smaller shag rugs on top of a durable rug with some interesting geometric shapes. When looking for geometric rugs, think in terms of the iconic hexagon design rug from “The Shining” – both the colours and the style of this rug simply scream retro!

 

So, if you want to welcome just a bit more interest and playfulness into your interior design, make sure you check out some of the retro design staples. Undoubtedly, you will fall in love with the design as many of us certainly did.