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Yes, the world of books is constantly changing. And, just like it is the case with their content, there will always be various new settings and innovative outlooks, different e-books formats, additions and even multimedia included, probably 3D or even more advanced. However, just as classics are still sought, read and cherished shoulder to shoulder with the most modern genres, printed books will always have their place in our homes. Now, about that place, why not make it more than a bookshelf and have a truly decorative furniture item? Here is how to.

The setting

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One clear advantage of keeping to printed books is the very setting you will be reading in. Designing a perfect reading nook simply requires having paper books on shelves all around you, the smell, the feel under your fingers all the dimension, the kickstarters to a different world you cannot get elsewhere when it comes to reading experience. It is hard to imagine a warm and cozy place where the central action is happening either on your tablet or Kindle, let alone laptop or desktop, missing those extra sensory dimensions. The effect the screens have on your health should not be overlooked too.

Shelf material

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
Two materials, wood and metal, allow the highest level of customization and are easily obtainable so they should be the top choice. Traditional literature lovers usually opt for wooden and modern theme lovers for metal ones. However, making a brick one is another interesting and unique looking solution that meets both worlds, especially in spacious houses, as you will see in the following paragraphs.

Floor to ceiling bookshelf

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
This type is great for all those keen readers that have a lot of books and very little space to keep them in. They are usually placed on in front of a mirror less wall. Why not try something different. Build it in a way that it can fit in an open window and place it on the wall that has one. This will prove to be a must have feature for any lover of romantic literature. Just imagine picking or folding your favorite titles with your partner next to you during a beautiful sunset or moonlight night being portrayed in the window.

Built in shelf

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
This is where bricked ones have their spot. Unless a load bearing wall is in question, you could turn any room separating wall into a unique looking built in bookshelf. Giving it a rustic appearance by leaving one side unfinished revealing the brick surface will certainly build an adventurous, old days atmosphere. If you are a fan of knight stories this would be a perfect setting for your reading room. Candle holders and parts of armor are something you simply need to add to complete the medieval mood.

A touch of hanging liveliness

Decorative Bookshelves for Every Book Lover
Even the most classic of the bunch, the wall hanging bookshelves can be decorative. Go beyond the traditional wood grain appearance and color them up. Do not pull any brakes, make them as vivid as possible and fire up the atmosphere in the room. You will not believe the change even a single one bookshelf done in this manner will make. Add some climbing plants to make them intriguing, a kind of futuristic dreamland looking, a perfect home for your SF collection.

Remember, treat your bookshelf in the manner of your favorite read to spread the spirit to your reading spot as well. And hold on to the multidimensional world of printed edition for the best experience.

With the ménage of animals that our world provides us, there are great opportunities to using these precious creatures in our home design. Animal inspired design is eclectic, subtle and sometimes inspiring. Showcasing a love for a particular animal or a region of animals gives visitors a view into your personality. Here are four tips on how you can incorporate animals in your home’s design and décor.

 

1. Focus on a Particular Animal Type

Deciding on a particular animal that will suit your current home design is one way to get the process started. If you have warm tones in your home, maybe using ranch style animals like horses or cows can bring in a classic animal design to your room. Warm tones might also give a cabin a rustic feel with moose, wolves, elk, deer and other native animals to a specific region that creates a specific style. Or maybe your home is brighter in nature and you want to bring sea animals or exotic animals into the design. Something that will stand out and get noticed when people enter your home, something like a penguin, a tiger or giraffes. Another option is to choose your favorite animal or pet and design your space around this specific creature.

 

2. Determine Your Color Palette

Once you have decided on your which animal is best suited for your home, now it is time to focus on what color palette best suits your home, your style and your favorite critter. Neutrals tones can add an elegance to a room and bring in classic pieces to support your style. Animals with brown or gray tones like seals, whales, lions or gazelles can enhance a room yet create this style of elegance. While bold colors like red and black could suit a striking animal like a zebra or a specific type bird like a toucan. Even adding colorful prints of your own pets can bring a room to life. A color palette will also help you create a sense of how you are going to add animals to your design. Too many neutral tones like brown and gray may not work well with sea creatures of a similar color as these animals may get washed out due to the very neutral on neutral color palette.

 

3. How Much Animal to Add to Your Space

Now that you know which animal family you want to incorporate in your room and what your color palette is, how much of the animal do you want in the room? Are you looking for one print on a specific wall to highlight the animal? Or are you looking for prints, throw pillows, accessories and table pieces to bring the glory of the animal into the room so that everyone knows this room represents one of your favorite living creatures? The animal you choose may keep you limited to your approach of how much animal décor to incorporate. Using the dramatic coloring of a panda may encourage you to keep the use of the black and white to a minimum. But the gentler palettes of a snow owl or a rabbit may give you more flexibility on how much of these animals to add to a room. The other task you will encounter will be how can you find pieces that suit your home’s style and yet add these animals to your space.

 

4. Whimsical or Stylish

When adding animals to a room by all means, have fun! Some rooms can inspire whimsy like dressing a children’s room with animals. Adding animal themes can add excitement to a child’s room. Using contemporary representation of animals on walls like white ceramic animal heads or octopus vases throughout the space can also add a whimsical touch to the room. Using a stylish and elegant approach in a main room can add a touch of regality to a room. Like adding champion horse prints to walls or a subtle throw rug to highlight a favorite animal using a unique print can create a stylish look.

 

Animals are some of the most beautiful creatures we have on earth and incorporating them into your home’s design can be a treat for all the animal lovers out there. For more animal inspired décor visit us at the HomeZada Pinterest site.

 

About the author: Elizabeth Dodson is the co-founder of HomeZada, a cloud-based home improvement and organizational software tool. HomeZada strives to educate and provide resources for homeowners in all areas of home management, including home improvement and design, home maintenance, home inventory, and property information.

The ancient Chinese knew that there is a mysterious, deeply hidden way in which people were affected, for better or worse, by the position of inanimate objects. Modern behavioral psychology confirms this eons old wisdom and supports the claim that the way our surrounding looks really does affect our mood. For this reason alone, interior design is one of the most important phrases of the modern age. Even though this term is no more than a century old, it has come to play a significant role in our everyday. Here is how it all started and how it got where it is now.

 

Origins

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Although they might not have had design schools and professional designers, it is more than obvious that even some of the world’s earliest civilizations relied heavily on the notion of interior design. Men and women with great taste were all that was ever needed for this seed to be planted. Since it is universally known that Greeks were perfectionists, rules of proportions were always honored to the letter in the earliest interior design.

 

The progressive era

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At the same time at which various modernist movements were in power in Europe, the U.S. lived through their own golden age called “the progressive era.” It was then, that this (still relatively young) nation began its climb towards the summit. Because of their rapid economic development ever single pore of their society was advancing so it is no coincidence that this also gave birth to the interior design. Amongst the pioneers of interior design was Elsie de Wolfe. Her famous book “The House in Good Taste” published in 1923 was basically a manifesto of the earliest interior designers.

 

The 1930s

Even though interior design was not a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning, it wasn’t until 1930s that the next stage, in its history, was ready to begin. It was also in 1930s that the very term interior designer was coined by the prestigious “Interior Design and Decoration” magazine. This was a significant milestone since a phrase interior designer was finally able to replace the derogatory term decorator. However, the greatest step forward was a fact that in mid 1930s some of the most renowned design schools became universally recognized.

 

The next milestone

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When it comes to the advancement of interior design as science or even art, as some like to refer to it, the next milestone came in the 1970s and 1980s. Although interior design was generally accepted part of everyday life back in the days it wasn’t until the late 20th century that it had undergone a proper standardization. This was conducted by The Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research (FIDER). However, since you can never objectivize an aesthetic form, all this standardization did was create some norms to govern standards for the education of future designers. It also gave designers tools with which to examine the effectiveness of interior design professionals.

 

The modern interior design

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Still, the history of interior design is written every day. We have come a long way from where we were back then, however the road ahead of us is even longer. Today, it would be completely obscene to imagine the world without interior designers. This widespread acceptance led to the creation of different branches of interior design like universal design, healthcare design, educational and institutional design and many others. Another great step towards the brighter future lies in the fact that today interior design is getting more and more turned towards the environmentalism and self-sustainability. We truly live in an exciting time.

Everyone wants to feel comfortable in their home, especially after a long day. Nothing beats the satisfaction of looking around your home and getting that sense of relaxation and calmness. A cozy home provides that. You might think you’ll need to spend a lot of money to achieve a cozy look when in fact, all you need is a little creativity and detail in the interior to transform your home.

Here are 10 easy ways to achieve a cozier home:

1. Curtain Wall

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Curtains make a big difference because they add enormous personality to it. Walls that are covered by hanging curtains add visual appeal and heighten the cozy effect created through the material’s totality. Choose fabrics that give you privacy, but also allow dappled light in.

2. Family Photos

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You can have family photos framed, enlarged or hung by a wire framework. Whichever way you want them, setting them as decor will give a sense comfort and ease. Plus it adds a sentimental element to the room.

3. Bedroom Seats

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Adding a chair or even a sofa in the bedroom creates a cozy, multifunctional space you’ll be glad to retreat to at the end of a long day. Its lounge-like appeal will have you curling up to a good book or catnapping in no time. Better have a blanket on the side.

4. Include a Throw

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The right throw pillow can transform an entire room’s decor and deliver the right statement. Since we’re opting for a snug feel, go with solids or opposites with a geometric flare and have them laying over a couch or chaise to add a more homey punctuation.

5. Darker Walls

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Painting a room with dark colors provides a great backdrop. Details pop up against dark walls and create a sophisticated yet warm ambiance. Anything from charcoal grey to chocolate brown is good and don’t forget to add bursts of metallic and white to keep its light feel.

6. A Nook

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A nook can also be the perfect way to transform an awkward corner into a warm, comfortable area for a little R&R. All you need is lots and lots of pillows and an old twin bed or sofa up against a wall to create your own little corner of the world.

7. Blankets on Display

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Aside from being an item to snuggle, blankets also serve as a beautiful wall display. You can have them draped over the furniture or a ladder to showcase their relaxed charm.

8. Furry Stuff

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People associate fur and anything faux fur with a sense of gentleness or calmness. It can be a carpet, throw, or wall hanging, any of these will suffice in setting a warm ambiance.

9. String Lights

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You won’t have to wait until Christmas to illuminate. Break them out of the boxes early and decorate your home for that shimmery effect. Let them fall from the ceiling in a corner for an effortlessly cool look or hang lights around your windows for an eye-catching effect or better yet just hang a few strands behind your canopy for a cozy glow.

10. Layered Rugs

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Rugs are soft, comfy pieces that definitely set a warm and inviting tone. You can even pile them up for added comfort on your feet. Your toes will thank you for it.

Your home serves as a sanctuary from all the frenzy of the outside world. It’s the place where you gather with loved ones, prepare your meals, relax after a long day and sleep soundly. By making its entirety cozier, you’ll be rewarded with total solace and solitude.

This article was contributed by Joel Samonte 

Joel Samonte works as a Content Writer for Hoppler – the most advanced online tool that helps you search, buy, sell and rent properties in the Philippines. A true Bosconian to the core, health buff, devoted husband and a loving father. You can reach him at [email protected] or through LinkedIn.

It is now possible to buy L’ Air de Panache perfume. That is the exact same perfume that Mister Gustave H from the Grand Budapest Hotel uses daily. That is one of the ways to pepper your life with details from the Anderson’s movies. If the perfume is not enough, you can use Anderson’s movies and decorate your entire home in the same style. Here are some useful tips on how to use décor from three major Anderson’s movies and implement it in your home.

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Choose the color pallet that includes pink and blue, red and purple and black and brown. There are many ways that you can use these color combinations in your home. For example, purple and red can be a color pattern on your carpets. Pink and blue can find their way into your kitchen. Black and brown are easy enough to implement anywhere.
Combine patterns. You can combine floral patterns with stripes, just like in Agatha’s room. Less is more in this case. Combined patterns will work better on details than on entire walls or floors.
Drapes and wallpapers are present throughout the movie. The drapes are heavy and the wallpapers have floral patterns. Besides wallpapers, some of the walls are decorated with animal trophies. Now you can find fake animal trophies or eco-leather animal masks.

Moonrise Kingdom

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Plaid pattern is all over the Moonrise Kingdom. While you don’t want it on your shirts, some plaid curtains for your kitchen can work perfectly.

Brown and ochre are the colors you should choose to make your home resemble Moonrise Kingdom. Dark red is also important in this movie. You can use it in the combination with white. It will work perfectly for linens, pillow cases and bed covers.

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Records and the record player, round crocheted rug and the sailboat pattern are movie décor details that you can use in your home. Also, anything related to the wilderness or scouts is essential for this look.

The Royal Tenenbaums

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The movie switches from warm tones: red, yellow and ochre brown, to cool tones: blue, teal and white. That is what you need to do if you want to mime The Royal Tenenbaums color pallet.

A vintage sofa with floral pattern in warm tones would be a nice touch. Also, lampshades in the corner of your room would make it seem like a place from this movie. Patchwork duvet covers are an inexpensive way to do this, as well.

Throughout the movie, there are many scenes that feature collections of different sorts: books, board games and vintage frames for kids’ drawings. This means that this is the perfect moment to display your collections. And basically – the 60’s and early 70’s inspiration is the way to go here and throughout most of Wes’s movies.

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It is fun to get inspired by movies when it comes to decorating your own home. This doesn’t mean that you need to copy the exact pieces of furniture, wallpapers or colors. Using similar color patterns, styles and ideas and tailoring them to suit your taste and your home will be just enough. You will get a dash of the atmosphere from the movie and still keep your personal touch to your home.

An interior design trend gaining popularity fast, Shabby Chic is characterized by vintage and antique furniture, accessories and extras arranged to create an opulent, yet comfy ambiance. Sometimes marked by an intentionally affected note to distinguish it from the genuine era décor, the shabby chic style plays well with most classic designs and decorative touches, such as floral details, pastel tones and wooden elements. To achieve a shabby chic feel in your home, consider one of these design ideas– we guarantee you’ll fall in love with your new home groove!

Antique-looking art frames: Chic shows in outlines too

Lavish frames and mirrors with ornate frame details and elements occupy an imposing place on shabby chic walls and add a dash of opulence to the room. For best visual impressions, you can pick up a stylish frame at the antique store or even local flea market, sand it, repaint it and hang it over a group of chairs, sofas or the mantelpiece.

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Drop formal seating. A shabby chic lounging area

If you’re looking to transform your dining or living room into a piece of shabby chic bliss, consider regrouping your seating area and swapping mainstream formal chairs and sofas for style reproductions and replicas evocative of the bygone eras. If you can’t afford a major investment in new classy furnishings, you can always grab some fancy pieces at a garage sale or antiques store, or find items in your attic or basement which you’ll be able to overhaul with vintage-looking touches like rich fabrics in neutral tones and fresh paint coats.

Chase away darkness: Add a chic chandelier to the room

Every room needs decent lighting to be comfortable, cozy and pleasing to all senses, and in shabby chic, illumination options go hand in hand with style and elegance. For the vital touch of light to ward off the darkness, get a modern chandelier reproduction or find a true blue vintage piece in your attic, basement or local store with used or overhauled furnishings. A carefully selected chandelier may as well make up the visual class for other slight oversights in terms of accessories and colors of your furniture.

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Tableware in retro style: Linen napkins for neatness

Linen napkins and similar fine dining accessories will perfectly supplement your shabby chic tableware and bring back the spirit of classy candlelit dinners. If you don’t have linen napkins, you can always redo old tablecloths into a matching napkin set – these will go perfectly with vintage silverware.

The trademark airs of chic: Airy, graceful bedroom ambiance

Make your bedroom a place of shabby chic comfort with the help of some white linens, pastel or white furnishing accessories like framed needlework and tapestries. Also, add soft cushions with floral designs, vintage patterns and a touch of color to liven up the atmosphere and make it gracefully chic.

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Shabby chic outdoors: Garden furniture with a retro feel

In case your outdoor furnishings have gone faded and worn-out due to exposure to the elements, they will be excellent supplements to a shabby chic garden. For a snug yet chic feel in your garden, try using wicker pieces and furniture in white and pastel tones. Iron also fits the shabby chic bill well, so consider getting some elegant iron chairs for your modish backyard.

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Storage a la shabby chic: Elegance and functionality meet

For a fresh decorative touch, try using worn-out dressers and similar storage furnishings to pack your gear around your home or office. From bedrooms and living rooms to halls and dining areas, old dressers and chests with sanded-out surface will prove both functional and charmingly stylish.

A vintage kitchen: Shabby chic china and kitchenware

Retro china teacups and trays go well with the shabby chic style. For a seamless stylistic impression, go with mismatched cups and saucers placed next to bonbon trays and cute tea candles – your guests will just love the idea!

 

Whether we want to admit or not, colours’ are giving meanings to our lives – just try to imagine your surroundings being colourless and you’ll realize that colours really make our lives and give beauty to it. This especially applies to our living spaces, which now, when modern era completely changed our lifestyle, should become precious oasis where we seek for peace, relaxation and inspiration. So, if you wondered what hues your living nook should embrace, this is the list of unavoidable colours you should stick to this year:

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Light blue

Blue was always known as more cold than warm colour, but paler nuances combined with other colours have the power to soften the entire space and provide immense dose of tranquillity. Light blue spectra is this year light desirable more than ever, especially because it allows creating transparent, but still modern and comfy appearance, so dare to combine it with cool grey nuances.  If your home lacks relaxing spirit, paint your walls or floors into light blue with a hint of bolder grey.

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Greek blue

Inspired by powerful Mediterranean ambient, Greek blue is instantly reviving and refreshing, and, as such, unavoidable for living rooms missing energy and richer look. This is the hue of oceans and clear skies and it’s great to be paired with contrasted vivid colours, especially with pink and grey.

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Pastels, but frosty ones

Pastels are like eternal classic, so you can stay loyal to them as long as you opt for radiant nuances exuding a dose of frozen and neon shine. Frosty pastels are perfect for walls and prevailing interior pieces, but you should spice them with bright tones to avoid over – united look. So, pastels lovers, feel free to embrace Dandelion tea, secret blush (something like bleached purple), elusive blue and dreamscape grey, but vivid look fans can stick to mint green, light pink or aqua hues.

Earthy brown as perfect contrasting

Yes, 2015 colour trends are glorifying bright colours, but dark wood as well as muddy brown nuances are also welcome, most likely for spaces where bright elements should be more accentuated. Earth brown palette is best if applied on walls when furniture and decor come in dirty pink and white with eventual haze blue accents.

Pop of optimistic brights

Radiantly bright colours, such as bold and soft purple, natural orangey, plastic lime and sonic blue are the hits of the season, and great for adding energetic accents to conversation areas, especially dining room. However, use them carefully, best on shelving decor and some furniture parts, where you can reach impressively alluring ambient if pair them with neutral walls and floors.

Muddy warms

Rustic, muddy appearance comes back to our homes, especially to those spirited with vintage motifs and old-fangled decor. A space warming up was never so easy, so rely on subtly and kind of dirty nuances, preferably olive green, dusty mint, aubergine and rusty tones. Combine them with grey, ivory, and if you’re brave enough, dramatize things with bright decor accessorize.

Explosion of colours will definitely reach its maximum this year, both in fashion and interiors, telling us once again that life without colours is empty and not exciting at all.

How big is your room?

If your room is spacious and light, you may choose to leave the floor bare, especially if you have nice wooden ones lacquered with a quality lacquer. On the other hand, if the room is too little, you might not want to put anything else in there for fear it would make it look even smaller. However, if the room is really too big, you might to divide it into two or more segments. Instead of erecting walls and changing the dimensions of the room, you could simply try to do it by putting different rugs at different places of the room. One big rug at the sitting area, and one smaller over at the bookcase will visually divide the room into two parts, especially if they are of contrasting colours.

 

Texture

Depending on the room, you might want to use differently textured rugs to make the space more cozy. This is also great for children’s room, they will be spending hundreds of hours on those floors, and you want them to be comfortable while they’re colouring and playing with their cars, dolls, or puzzles. Also, if your guests will be taking their shoes off when they come to your home, having a fluffy rug in from of the armchair or a sofa will certainly make them feel cozy. Nevertheless, if you’re looking for a rug to put under your dining room table it will be ten times more difficult to clean up the crumbs that might fall on it, so a simple rug would suffice.

 

Colour

If your floors have solid and peculiar colours, beautifully patterned tiles, sea foam floor boards, or something similar, you might want to show off their beauty to the world. Nevertheless, a beautifully coloured rug will not dull the beauty of such floors, but enhance it instead. Small, brightly coloured rugs will keep the dark room looking fresh and open, while other colours and designs can tone down a too-light space. Darker family rooms, hallways, and living rooms look best with bright rugs, but if your rooms have excessive sunlight you might want to consider colours which will not fade easily.

 

The issue of hygiene

You might not want to have a rug in the room because it collects dust and it is difficult keeping it clean, but you should know that they require minimal maintenance and are incredibly easy to clean. All you need to do is vacuum it on regular basis and make sure you clean up any liquid spillage before it dries and leaves a stain. Clean and dust-free rugs are not impossible to achieve, and it will keep the air in the room clean and minimize allergic reactions. They are in a way natural filters, they keep dust inside instead of letting it float around the room, and you only need to vacuum clean them.

You should take into account a lot if things: light, wall colour, furniture, the dimension of the room itself, etc. Do your own research because what works for one room may not be right for the other one, and before you make your own decision make sure you took everything into account. Experiment and express your own taste, let your room reflect who you are.

Painting your home is one of the most important things for the general impression that it is going to create. It is exactly for this reason that most people decide to hire professionals to do it. Although the proper painting equipment is not that expensive to buy and acquire, painting itself is far from easy. Still, this does not mean that it is something that you couldn’t do properly on your own. Just follow these few tips and tricks and you will in no time be able to paint your home like a pro.

 

Protect the surfaces in the room

Before you start with the very process of painting, it is vital that you first prepare the room properly. Try to remove from the room anything that can be moved with ease, and as for the rest try to find a way to cover it. Cover your furniture, sometimes even parts of your floor with something old, something you wouldn’t miss too much if it was ruined. Another great idea is to try and cover it with some outdated newspapers. Although some professionals pride themselves in never staining this is mostly just plain boasting. Better be safe than sorry.

 

Getting the right equipment

Now, before you start on your quest to transform your with the use of colors, you need to acquire the right tools for the trade. First of all you will need some things for preparation, or the first stage of your painting process, such as spackle and spatula, some soap and water solution and painter’s tape. Next you need some painting equipment like paint brush, roller and paint tray. After you have all of this covered it is time to start worrying about the paint itself.

 

The choice of paint

First thing that you must have in mind here is the fact that painting is not something you do that often. Your walls require painting at most once every few to several years so when you do decide to do this, do it properly. However the key to this is finding the right interior paint. Color is also crucial here since it is known that different nuances can effect human psyche in different ways. Just remember if you don’t like the color, or later find that that particular paint won’t stick, you will be the one who will suffer for it. A bit of negligence here can cause you some serious problems for you in the future.

 

Be careful about the dipping

Dipping your roller into the paint is a skill on its own. Throwing it inside the tray all the way, every time is not a way to go, and can cause your paint to seem unequal or cause it to drip all over. Try inserting just the tip of your roller and then rotate it with you finger in order for it to properly soak up the paint. For those who do not have enough confidence to try this on their own, getting a specially designed roller called the paintstick might be just the thing you need.

 

The right direction

In the end, it is essential that when you start applying paint, you do so top to bottom. Gravitation forces paint to slide down the walls, so if you start form the bottom the paint will just pile at the base. On the other hand if you start from top and roll down towards the floor you can turn this situation to your own advantage and this is why this kind of painting motion is the only proper one.

Not everything is about money. It is true that for the right fee a professional can paint your home in a matter of hours. However, just the knowledge that you did something with your own two hands can often be enough for people to make up their mind for a DIY painting project. The choice is all yours but if in the end you do decide to paint on your own, make sure that you do this by the book and do both yourself and your walls a gigantic favor.

We all like beautiful things and can’t resist buying new stuff we like, from souvenirs to cushions and furniture we don’t need. I used to be the victim of my own good taste, I passionately searched for and collected everything that was pleasing to my eye. Until there was no space left in my house and I started to suffocate. And that’s how I discovered minimalism, by being forced to de-clutter and simplify.

Minimalism appeared in 1920s, as a reaction to heavily decorated lush styles of the previous epochs. The motto was ‘Less is more’ and later ‘Do more with less’. This rather self explanatory rule emphasized the need to simplify and keep only what is necessary, using what’s left to heighten the esthetics. It is a complete U-turn from piling things up and losing the esthetic impression due to the excess of visual stimulation.

So I began, from the golden rule – have a big clear out. I guess the most difficult part is deciding what to keep and what to let go of. Once you have that done, your new look starts to emerge. Then you need to tidy up and organize what you’ve kept in the most functional way, and change the colors, textures or replace some items with new more suitable ones.

Kitchen

minimalist kitchen

My kitchen was cluttered the most. It was full of souvenirs, flowerpots, utensils, machines … you name it. I let go of most of the stuff. We only kept the things we actually do use in the kitchen, and we were surprisingly able to fit them all into cupboards. We completely cleared the counters of any objects except the blender and the coffee machine. The cupboards became visible again and clean lines of kitchen furniture brought texture out so we repainted the cabinets and refinished the table and the chairs and we had ourselves a new spacious kitchen.

Living room

minimalism in your living room

We did the same with other wooden furniture in the house, refinished and repainted it in the same light crème color, staying consistent with combining only two basic colors – white for the walls, crème for the furniture. We wanted to have a functional but cozy and comfy space. The change was amazing. In our living room, we only kept the couch and the sofa and covered them with white throws. One coffee table replaced two chairs, a chests of drawers and the TV stand. The TV was hung on the wall, all the floor lamps were replaced by one wall lamp, and our heavy old patterned carpet with a dark grey rug.  Twenty or so little framed drawings and photos that hung on our walls were replaced by a single large wallpaper photo of nature. Calming and non-intrusive at the same time, it gave our space soul but did not distract us.

Bedroom

Simple bedroom

We did the same with the bedroom, leaving only the bed, the night table and a chair. We installed a big mirror over the entire surface of the closet giving the room depth and richness. It was functional at the same time.

Bathroom

 

Our bathroom was already minimalist, I just uncluttered it from products putting them all into one cupboard and removing everything else except the towel hangers and soap. We changed the rugs into light crème and white and threw in a single white candle for atmosphere. The coat hangers from the hall were taken down and the coats are kept in our almost invisible hall wardrobe.

What we gained from going minimalist is actually some serious relief. I used to waste so much time cleaning and arranging all the stuff in our house. Now cleaning is a breeze and it stays clean for much longer. We can sit on the floor, we can move about much more freely, the space is fresh with whiteness, open, relaxing and soothing. Yet we have everything we need and we enjoy our house much more now. ‘Less is more’ turned out to be true – more time, more money, more space, more freedom!