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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.

Embellishing your windows can be the perfect opportunity for elevating your home décor. While an intricate design can create a whimsical effect, lush materials can add a subtle touch of opulence to your space. However, there’s more to curtains and draperies than meets the eye. From just the right length and the perfect position to a carefully chosen design and style, even the slightest detail can make a difference when it comes to their appeal.

Know your curtains from your drapes 

Although most people consider curtains and drapes to be synonymous, there’s actually a slight difference between the two. Curtains are typically made of a light material and they come in different lengths, widths and designs. They are quite popular, affordable and versatile, so they can be implemented in any room. Drapes, on the other hand, have a more formal look, which is why they are typically used in living rooms and dining rooms. They are floor-length, made of heavier materials and typically lined, unlike curtains. Since they are made of heavy fabrics, they can also be used in bedrooms to block out the light. Although this might seem like an irrelevant difference, it actually affects the general look you want to create.

Position them perfectly 

The position of your curtains or drapes will also create a specific effect. For instance, drapes should be placed as high as possible because they make your windows seem larger and the ceiling higher. In addition, when you go with a lengthy design, drapes can puddle on the floor and give your room opulent appeal. As for curtains, you can place them a bit wider than the frame, leaving the centre exposed. This is a great solution for narrow windows because this will make them seem wider. You should take some time to try out different positions and find out what works for your space.

Use length for a unique effect 

Experimenting with the length of your window treatments is another stylish way to create a certain ambience in your home. For instance, if you want to create a casual, relaxed look, you should go with curtains to the bottom of the window trim or the sill. This is a practical solution for kitchens that can create a homey vibe. If you want to give your home a formal, high-style look, lush drapes that touch the floor are the way to go. Drapes that pool on the floor are a perfect way for creating an ambience of elegance and romance in your space. However, make sure to avoid drapes with the length to the top of the floor moulding because they will seem simply awkward.

Mind the material and texture 

Curtains and drapes provide you with an opportunity to introduce layers of beautiful materials to your home, bringing their texture into focus. Sumptuous fabrics such as silk and velvet can add a touch of glamour to your home while light gauzy curtains can create a bright, open look, allowing light to permeate your home. In addition, such lush materials can create a striking contrast when set against leather, for example, softening its masculine look. A heavy, blackout material can also help you improve your window insulation and block out the light in the bedroom.  

Create visual interest with design 

If your home features a subtle, neutral backdrop and a minimalist design, curtains and drapes are the perfect way to create a stunning visual interest. When set against an understated backdrop, they can truly work as mesmerising accent details and break up the monotony of monochromaticity. You can simply use them to add a pop of colour to your neutral space. You can also pick a design with intricate patterns that can give your home an authentic character. Nonetheless, you should go with a design that complements the overall colour scheme and fits into the general style to create a cohesive, stylish look.

Curtains and drapes can help you introduce a sense of luxury to your home or create an atmosphere of playfulness. However, for a wow effect, you need to consider everything from their position and length to their design and texture.

Environmental awareness has been on the rise in every single aspect of our lives, and interior design is no exception. Designers and homeowners alike have been embracing the eco-friendly trend and natural materials have been prevalent in interior design in the past few years. Besides being good for the environment, these materials are good for you and your family, as well. Add the warm and cozy feel they provide for any interior, as well as their highly versatile to the list of their benefits, as well. It’s no wonder why the natural materials are a trend that is here to stay.

The style factor is high

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There is a reason why natural materials never really go out of fashion. They are amazing neutrals and give an instant feeling of luxury and style to any space. Wood, marble, clay, terracotta and even concrete all come in colors that will fit into virtually any color scheme you come up with and enhance it. Interior designers are embracing this new environmental consciousness, and green materials are popping up everywhere. Apart from the traditional, there are many new materials available, which look great and have enhanced characteristics. The best part is that natural materials look amazing whether you use just one, or decide to mix several. Because they are always trendy, they also tend to give the space a timeless elegance.

They’re a health-conscious option

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In an age when progress doesn’t always equal well-being, we are all taking efforts to do what we can for our health. Our efforts are mostly focused on diet and exercise. However, the materials we surround ourselves with can also have a huge impact on our health. Not so long ago, home building used to involve some pretty harmful practices, like using asbestos or lead. Those days are behind us now, but a lot of artificial materials are still potentially dangerous for our health. Natural materials are the best and safest option in this regard. And we’re not just talking about the lack of carcinogens either. Research has shown that natural materials have a beneficial effect on our mental health too.

They are sustainable

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Natural materials are inherently more eco-friendly than their artificial counterparts. If you’re buying locally produced materials, or, even better repurposing reclaimed or recycled materials and pieces, you can be certain in your knowledge you’re doing what you can for the planet. Reclaimed or recycled materials are also budget friendly. Oftentimes you can get amazing pieces or materials for a ridiculously low price. You just need to look in the right place, and use your imagination to figure out how to repurpose your find. In most cases, you will get superior quality for a relatively low price.

They are long-lasting

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There is the reason why natural materials sometimes come at a higher price. Simply put, the quality of natural materials tends to be much better. Speaking in terms of quality, that usually translates into increased longevity. Even when, eventually (usually after many years) they do start to show some signs of wear and tear, they look much better than artificial materials. The worn look usually translates into an attractive patina which just makes the material look more attractive, instead of ragged. Of course, that doesn’t mean you should forgo proper care.

They vibe with every style

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Whatever your interior design style, there is a natural material that will look amazing when incorporated. You’re aiming for a sleek, modern look? Concrete and metal are your thing. Rustic is more your speed? Terracotta and wood are the way to go. You want to achieve a minimalist zen look? Embrace bamboo and canvas. Naturals are a beautiful accent too, and they are sure to breathe some life into your neutral color palette. And finally, they are always at least a little bit unique, giving your home some much-needed character, without being overwhelming. Add some much need greenery, and your home is sure to shine.

The natural materials trend is definitely ushering in a new era in home design. It’s showing that we can be more responsible as consumers, both in regard to the planet and our own health.

There are millions of people in the world with some kind of visual impairment. However, the one thing they all have in common is the wish to be as independent as possible. This requires their home to be spacious, well lit, carefully laid out, and with easily accessible tools and furniture. Luckily, this is not that hard to achieve, so here’s how you can remodel a home to fit the needs of the visually impaired.

Think about the lighting and colors

Brighter colors help those with partial blindness see a bit more clearly, so if possible, paint the walls of your home in such colors. If that’s not an option, then try to create a strong contrast by placing lightly colored furniture items next to darker walls and installing lightly colored doorknobs. Also, try to avoid patterned upholstery.
In terms of lighting, the best thing to do is let in as much natural light as possible. Furthermore, glare can be very harmful to the visually impaired, so keep that in mind and perhaps switch to stronger light bulbs or those that simulate natural daylight. Make sure there are extra lights in the closets ‒ not just the bedroom ones but all that are often used. Finally, add extra lighting in the areas that are prone to accidents, like stairways.

Think about the location

It’s not just the interior you need to think about; the visually impaired are more vulnerable when it comes to thefts, robberies, and other kinds of crimes. This is why if you’re looking for a new home for your visually impaired friend or family member, you should make sure it’s in the safe neighborhood. For example, if you are from Australia, there are many nice new homes in Sydney that are well designed and located in safer areas of the city.

Reduce the risk of falling accidents

If there are any repairs that your home needs, it’s important to take care of them on time. This includes broken staircases, torn carpeting, missing handrails, etc. Also, don’t keep around more furniture than you absolutely need as it only creates obstacles that make moving around more difficult. Moreover, don’t leave lying around anything you could trip over or slip on ‒ put away all your shoes as soon as you take them off, don’t leave clothes on the floor, and clean any spills as soon as they happen.

Additionally, supporting handlebars are extremely important because they allow the visually impaired to use the toilet and shower on their own. Besides the handlebars, you should also add non-slip flooring in the bathroom for the safety of the users.

Mark the appliances and food

To make it more convenient and easier to find one’s way around, use differently colored labels or brightly colored fluorescent tape on all the kitchen appliances. Also, you can’t really tell what’s in cans of food just by shaking them, so they should be properly labeled. If your visually impaired friend cannot see colors, you can use Braille indicators instead of colored labels. Rubber bands are also good for labeling food cans; for example, you can use two for fruit, three for vegetables, etc. Moreover, if there are any helpful signs that need to be made, always place them at the eye level and use larger letters.

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Consider getting a dog

Dogs are not called a man’s best friend for no reason ‒ they can make people feel safe both physically and emotionally. For example, people are less likely to pick on those who are accompanied by a dog, and dogs can help the visually impaired move around more quickly, especially if they are feeling uncomfortable. Plus, nobody can feel lonely around such a sweet and protective friend.

For those who can’t see well, there are safety hazards everywhere. Accidents do happen – but you can still eliminate their chances in your home by thinking about the lighting, colors, labels, and all the other details that can make the life of people who are visually impaired that much easier. If you take care of everything, you can truly create a safe and comfortable home for those who couldn’t do it on their own.

Adding plants and flowers to your living space might be the easiest yet most effective way to make it cozier, more welcoming and visually appealing. Plants can brighten up any room in a matter of seconds, not to mention their positive effect on your mood and health: they purify the air, help you feel better and are the best decoration you can hope for, since they come in all shapes, sizes and, most importantly, colors. So, if you too wish to brighten up your home but are unsure how, here are a few great ways you can decorate with plants.

 

Make a statement

Every room needs a focal point, and what better way to make one than by focusing on a beautiful plant full of colors? This is an easy way to create a focal point too, because you only need a small plant stand and a decorative pot, and you’re good to go. You can pick a plant of any size and shift all the attention to it, but make sure you choose the right one. Some of the most popular choices of plants that can easily be turned into focal points include peace lilies, succulents, bromeliads and cacti, so pick the plant you like and turn it into a statement piece today.

 

A vertical garden

This is an idea not that many people know about, but it’s certainly among the most unique and attractive ways to decorate your interior space. If you have an empty wall unoccupied by bookshelves, pictures and paintings, turn it into a vertical garden everyone’s going to notice the second they walk into your home. For an impressive vertical garden, you need pots, containers, a few wooden pallets and as many plants as you want. The best thing about this idea is that you can incorporate herbs, flowers and even grass in there as well, so it’s literally a proper garden, just inside your house.

 

Indoor ivy wall

If you like seeing old mansions in movies covered in romantic and intriguing ivy, you can create such an effect in real life as well, both indoors and out. Unfortunately, ivy is going to make you wait a decade or two before it completely covers your exterior walls, but what you can do in the meantime is focus on decorating your interior with this plant. You just have to find a species that you like, position it in opposite corners of your living room and give it some guidance along the walls – of course, you need to water it regularly and provide enough natural light if you want to achieve the best results.

 

Low-maintenance options

Speaking of watering, not everyone who loves plants and flowers loves watering them as well. Sometimes you may be too busy or too forgetful to do it on time, so opting for low-maintenance plants instead might be a good idea – aloe, rabbit ears, philodendron and spider plant are among the options you can take into consideration. These usually need to be watered once every couple of weeks, so taking care of them is really easy, but they’ll still look quite amazing and will make your friends jealous of your wonderful green décor.

 

Keep up with the schedule

However, even the most low-maintenance plants need to be fertilized and their soil needs attention as well, so you can’t really rely on watering them once a month and expect your indoor garden to flourish. That’s why you should make a schedule and write down all the important details of your plants: when you brought them into your home, how often they require water, when you need to fertilize the soil, etc. Also, you should learn how to water them properly and what kind of water is the best, because not all water is the same. These things may be boring, but they’re ultimately going to determine the success of your indoor plants.

 

Being surrounded by plants is wonderful, especially in the spring, and they’re a much better choice than artificial décor full of dangerous materials and harmful bacteria that can endanger the health of your entire family. Therefore, get your favorite plants and spread them all around your living area as soon as possible!

The time has finally come when we’ve started paying the necessary attention to our floors. In the past, home decor magazines and articles focused mainly on the walls, furniture and decor pieces, but in the recent years, the attention focus shifted towards floors. Since the floor is the base of the entire room, it is only natural that it should be your starting point when decorating or redecorating. So, let’s discuss a few flooring trends that will always stay in style. Besides, let’s face it, you probably won’t be changing your flooring solutions whenever a new trend pops up.

Go green

First and foremost, as with everything else, you should focus on choosing the greenest possible solution, because green will never stop being the best option. The eco-friendly movement made its way in every single aspect of our lives, so choosing a green flooring solution has never been easier. Some innovative but definitely worthy mentions in this field are cork, concrete and wood. Let’s clarify.

Cork

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Cork has only recently been introduced as a flooring option, which is quite surprising if we look at its traits and the benefits it brings to the table, or in this case, floor. For starters, cork floors are extremely comfortable because cork is somewhat soft, so it “gives” when compressed. This will provide a comfortable, almost cushioning, underfoot surface that will be mild on your joints. Also, it is an excellent flooring option for those suffering from various allergies, because it’s very mold- and mildew-resistant. And finally, cork works as an excellent acoustic and thermal insulator, which makes the rooms with cork flooring warm and quiet. This is an excellent option for people living in apartment buildings.

Concrete


Although concrete is completely different from cork, it definitely has its own set of benefits. Apart from probably being the sturdiest flooring solution, it is also very flexible in terms of fitting into a room’s overall design. Let’s clarify a bit, shall we? First, as you probably already know, concrete is used in various high-traffic areas because it’s extremely durable. This means that no high heel, pet claw or furniture leg will damage its look. Second, being as awesome as it is, concrete is very easy to maintain. You can clean it with any neutral cleaning agent by simply mopping it every once in a while, and for additional protection, you can apply a coat of floor sealant or wax twice a year. Finally, when it comes to style, there are various decorative concrete options to choose from. They can be stained to match (or contrast) any color palette, or they can be made to resemble slate, tile or marble – the choice is entirely up to you. Also, keep in mind that concrete floors are much cheaper than tile, marble or natural stone floors (but can imitate them pretty well), which is definitely another huge plus.

Wood

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Wooden floors are another evergreen option you can choose to go for. Not as soft as cork, but not as hard as concrete, wooden floors are perfect for those who like traditional looks. Here, there are also some variations when it comes to sturdiness (e.g. laminate vs. hardwood) but they are not as drastic as the previous two. Laminate is a bit more sensitive than hardwood, but some consider it to be a somewhat greener solution, since very little actual wood is used in its production. On the other hand, hardwood floors can be made of reclaimed wood salvaged from old residential flooring, which makes them pretty green as well. Lastly, when it comes to looks and finishes, both options are so versatile, you’ll have no problem finding something that will perfectly match your taste.

As with everything in life, if you have a good and solid starting point, everything that comes after becomes much easier to tackle. So, when it comes to designing your living environment, start with a solid flooring solution that’s not only green, but that will stay in style for many years to come.

There are numerous popular trends in kitchen design currently, but it seems that the Japanese style has been a favourite choice of many world-famous designers for quite some time. Therefore, it’s not surprising that more and more people from all around the world are decorating their kitchens in this recognisable manner. So, if you also want to follow the latest trends and think that it’s the right time for a kitchen redecoration, go for it! We’ve prepared a list of some practical ideas that will definitely help you achieve this without breaking the bank.

Wabi-sabi aesthetic


The two most recognisable concepts in the Japanese style are Wabi and Sabi. They basically represent a type of style that appreciates imperfection, simplicity, natural elements and asymmetry. In other words, their approach is often minimalist and the kitchen decor is characterised by the presence of clean finishes without too many details and a balanced use of different shapes and materials. Finally, if you want to create the authentic feel of a classic Japanese kitchen, don’t forget to include a few ornate accessories that will certainly add that final touch to it.

Wood is the no. 1 material


It’s almost impossible to find a true Japanese kitchen without at least one wooden piece, be that a fabulous timber cabinet or an oak countertop. The main reason for this is that Japanese people value natural elements above anything else since they can create a warm and inviting atmosphere in the entire house. Additionally, feel free to experiment with other natural elements like stone and wicker since they will definitely make your kitchen and your home look much more sophisticated and luxurious. Finally, the best thing about natural materials is that they are extremely affordable and very low-maintenance so you won’t have to spend hours scrubbing your kitchen floor and cabinets.

Shibui principle


Another famous principle of the Japanese design is shibui and it preaches modesty as the basic characteristic of a nicely-decorated kitchen. For example, instead of overcrowding the place with too many details, Japanese people like to keep it simple. Furthermore, large sinks have become a symbol of this style since they serve as a main focal point whose task is to break the monotony, but still preserve that simple feel of the traditional Japanese design. Having this in mind, it’s not surprising that more and more Australians are incorporating this trademark into their Japanese-inspired kitchens as well.

Decluttering is the key


If you don’t know where to begin the redecoration process, we advise you to start by decluttering your old kitchen. Make sure to get rid of all those unnecessary items that you never use since you can’t call your kitchen a Japanese-inspired one unless it’s sparkling clean. This is extremely important since the Japanese believe that it’s crucial to create a Zen space which will allow one to relax and get in touch with one’s inner self. Unfortunately, messiness simply doesn’t go well with this kind of a spiritual lifestyle, so make sure to take this task seriously and keep only the things that you really need.

Go green


Finally, considering how much the Japanese culture values the nature, it’s absolutely understandable why their kitchens are full of greenery as well. So, if you want to follow in their footsteps, make sure to pick out your favourite flowers and place them all around the house including your beautiful kitchen. Additionally, nicely-decorated pots will also serve as decoration and add some playfulness to the kitchen interior design. What’s best, if you’re into pottery or painting, you can express your creativity and make these on your own. This way, you’ll have something absolutely unique that all your friends will admire.
As you can see, turning your average-looking kitchen into a beautiful Japanese-designed one is a piece of cake and you definitely won’t need to break the bank in order to achieve this. You just need to keep things simple and opt for natural elements that will help you strike that perfect balance and enjoy a peaceful atmosphere while cooking.

Modern rustic home design has been on fire lately and everyone seems to have fallen in love with it! Homeowners are embracing the combination of rustic charm and benefits of modern amenities. The attraction lies in the successful marriage of natural, rugged beauty that offers an abundance of textures, earthy colours and organic warmth, and the elegance and sleek lines of modern furniture and appliances.

The result is a contemporary rustic style that feels very open, fresh, grounded and real, and here are several suggestions on how to incorporate it into your home.

Raw natural materials

Perhaps the most important element of a modern rustic home is the use of natural, raw materials in its architecture and décor. The main idea is to bring nature inside and the more natural these materials look, the easier it becomes to tie the whole design into a cohesive rustic whole. It aims to expose all the nature’s imperfections, such as knottiness of wood and cracks in stone, in all their beauty and glory.

In an old home, these materials preserve its character and uniqueness, and in new, modern homes, they add a ton of charm and rustic appeal. The modern rustic design intentionally puts focus on exposed brick and wooden ceiling beams, uses reclaimed wood, as they are all reminiscent of nature at its finest.

Simple fabrics

The presence of nature indoors is carried further through the use of rugs, linens, covers and upholstery. The trend moves away from busy, floral patterns towards more calm fabrics with simple prints. The materials in use are jute, faux leather, animal prints, sisal, woven baskets and braided rugs. The best effect is achieved with neutral, sand-coloured furniture combined with butcher block or concrete countertops, driftwood light fixtures and faux cow or zebra hides, or sheepskin throws. These are very durable and stain-resistant materials and they make a perfect choice for chairs and rugs.

Large windows are a must as they are the best way to bring the outdoors in. It’s a design component that easily satisfies the rustic interior and modern quality demands. Traditional rustic designs were quite dark and gloomy, but a modern rustic home boasts with openness, airiness and lots of light.

Modern furniture and amenities

As we have mentioned before, this particular design style wants to get the best of both worlds: a rustic design with all the conveniences of modern living. To achieve this, incorporate all the rustic elements but keep your furniture modern, such as pieces in mid-century style. You can also browse through the internet and magazines for more inspiration, but if you are looking for some French country inspired furniture, make sure to give Rococo Decor a try.

Neutral color palette

In rustic modern homes, there are no strong and vibrant colors. Dominant tones are subdued and the color palette is neutral, so the walls are mostly white or sand-colored with the addition of natural materials like wood or stone. Such walls make a great blank canvas for you to express your creativity and add pieces that represent your personal taste.

The fireplace

Finally, don’t forget the fireplace. How can a rustic styled home be complete without the coziness of a warm and inviting fireplace? Whether you choose a style in stone with a chunky, wooden mantel or a modern wood stove, a fireplace is always an ideal addition to a rustic home and a great focal point of a family room.

By combining the natural, earthy elements of rustic style with contemporary, clean design is getting the best of both worlds. With an open floor plan, exposed natural architecture such as brick, stone and wood, and modern, mid-century furniture, you’ll have an eclectic décor that offers a warm, charming and inviting setting for your everyday life.

Tight decorating budget? Forget designer stores and their exorbitant price tags. Sometimes a few simple tweaks can make all the difference to updating your home, and we’re here to give you some tips so you can do just that. We’re not talking a complete renovation here but you can give your home a bit of a makeover without spending up large.

Try these simple interior design ideas to give your rooms a lift and keep your bank balance in check.

1. Start With a New Color

One of the most affordable ways to give a room a fresh new look is to update its color scheme. With so many gorgeous paint colors on trend, the hard part isn’t the painting but choosing what hue you want! Not sure whether you want to go bold and dramatic, or soft and understated with paint? Check out Houzz for some home decor ideas.

If you want a different look, but don’t want to paint an entire room, a timesaving solution is to paint interior doors a glossy black. This adds instant glamour and is also easy on your wallet. Introduce black accessories, such as cushions, a vase, a rug or a lamp, to tie the doors in with the rest of the room.

2. Try a Different Layout

Moving your furniture around, taking out pieces you don’t like and adding items and accessories from other rooms and can make a big impact. And it costs you nothing! Always ask for help moving large pieces of furniture, back strain isn’t part of the makeover agenda.

3. Swap out Your Soft Furnishings

If your room is neutral in its paint scheme then a cost-effective way to make a statement is to get rid of outdated soft furnishings and update as follows.

Different Bedding

We tend to hold onto our bedding religiously but ancient duvet covers and faded comforters can really bring a bedroom down. Buying high-quality bedding will cost you less than renovating the whole room and adding something with a pop of color will create a focal point.

Buy a New Rug

Pick out a new rug that people can’t help but notice. A great area rug can do wonders for grounding a room and tie the whole interior design together. If you’re not sure what to do first then start with the floor, and be bold.

Change Cushions

If you can’t afford a new sofa then the next best thing is to to swap out your cushions for something more stylish. The golden rule for picking the right color for cushions is to identify two to three complimentary colors already existing in the room, for example, from the curtains, an artwork or a vase, to pull together all the elements in the room.

4. Introduce Key Lighting

Lighting is a necessity in a room but often it can be functional and, to be honest, a bit boring. Luckily for you, replacing a light fixture, table or floor lamp is an easy fix that can make your home look high-end without that hefty price tag. Second hand stores can hold some real treasures and these are typically budget friendly. Upcycling is also a popular craze if you’re craft minded.

Adding the right lighting to a room can instantly change the look and feel of a space. General, task and accent lighting are the three main lighting sources you should consider depending on what the room is used for. Check out these living room ideas for setting up proper lighting as well as some decoration ideas.

5. Accessorize With Mirrors

A budget friendly alternative to art is to use a mirror. There are plenty to choose from, mirrors come in lots of different sizes, shapes and styles, ranging from antique, to modern. The main purpose of using a mirror in a room is not to check your hair but to reflect light and to make a room appear bigger and brighter. They’re also versatile enough to be hung in any room of the house, you can use one for a unique focal point in a bedroom design, hang a few in an awkwardly placed stairwell or a pint-sized one in a powder room.

6. Declutter for Instant Minimalism

The last, but not least, of our interior design ideas on a budget, decluttering. It won’t cost you a thing and getting rid of excess furniture is a brilliant way to give your home a new minimalist look. Not only is decluttering free, if you sell your unwanted furniture on eBay you’ll make money on the deal and feel good about helping the planet at the same time.

Alternatively, if you can’t bear to part with anything or are renting an apartment, invest in some smart storage to give your rooms an instant minimalist makeover. You’ll be amazed at how much lighter and roomier your space will look and feel!

Author’s Bio

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Decorating your live-in place to vibe the sentiment, history, culture and a period you feel most connected to is one of the best ways to approach your home design. If you’ve recently been to Morocco, you’ve probably fallen in love with every moment of it. The freedom of mind, letting go of perfection ideals, playing with everything surrounding you and enjoying the product of your experimentation is what Moroccan style is all about. Now, if you’ve decided to bring a little bit of Morocco into your home, read through the tips below to get the latest designer scoop on what works best for a Moroccan-inspired home:

Statement flamboyant colors and intricate detailing

 

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For the best Moroccan vibe, laying out earthly tones as a base for layers of textures, patterns and strong accents that come later is the perfect start. Forget all about balance, matching fabrics and colors when using Morocco as your inspo: this country’s style is about unintentional uniqueness, mixing potentially impossible design elements into a cohesive structure and staying true to your own sentiment. As Moroccan homes are all truly individual, you’ll almost never find two homes that are alike. Along with flamboyant colors, ceiling to floor intricate, alluring detailing is yet another Moroccan feature. Doors, the stairs, floors or cabinets – there’s no limit to where you can find this explosion of detailing and color.

Tiles that tell a story

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Nothing about Moroccan styles is about playing it safe, and a true testament to this charming carelessness is the fact both floors and walls are usually covered in tiles with intricate patterns and embellishments. Use an entire area of your home such as the kitchen, lounge or the dining room and build the look around it: dramatic tiles with interesting textures are the perfect way to start your Morocco adventure.

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Rugs with a personality

In Moroccan design, rugs aren’t only used for the floor but as statement wall décor, as well; the patterns are either dramatic or very subtle, and the colors are bold. Certain types of rugs, i.e. particular patterns have a cultural meaning and are used in various local celebrations like weddings and similar. Check out Moroccan history before you choose the patterns for your home.

Moroccan arches for Islamic inspiration

One of the most beautiful, breathtaking features of Moroccan interiors is definitely the Moroccan arch, also known as the horseshoe arch. Known as Moorish arches in some areas, are archetypal of Islamic architecture and are either lobed, rounded or pointed. Built this way, they are giving a very lavish touch to every typical Moroccan house. You could build a few in your home, as a true statement to your Moroccan enchantment.

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Ottomans and cushions

Predominantly an Islamic country, Morocco draws a lot of its cultural and architectural influence from Arabic countries. One of those, for sure, is the obsession with bold ottomans, small couch cushions and large floor cushions that are both decoration and the place to rest your feet. Choose fabrics with raised embroidery to stay on point.

Moroccan Riad as freedom

Interior courtyards, similar to Indian and Arabic yard concepts are an inevitable element in traditional Moroccan design. Although a traditional riad (riad arab. = garden) had a fountain as its centerpiece, modern riads are likely to have indoor ponds, play areas or swimming pools. As Morocco is a country largely inhabited by Muslims, a Riad is a great gathering spot for women, giving them freedom and privacy. If you’ve got enough space in your home, build a Riad for a true Morocco vibe.

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Build your Moroccan-inspired home to remind you of this beautiful, colorful culture with incredibly rich history and tradition. Include fragrances like nutmeg, cinnamon, saffron or other exotic spices as a finishing touch to link the mind to Moroccan bazaars the moment you walk in. Good luck designing!