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When it comes to Airbnb rentals, there is no shortage of them. With so many different and amazing options, choosing where to stay can make travelers feel like they’ve just entered a candy store. And in this candy store, you want your cake to stand out. So, how do you do that? Of course, a lot of it depends on décor, as in this case, people will judge a book by its cover. So, if you want your Airbnb to be the most eye-catching one, here are a few design trends that could raise the value of your Airbnb and attract more guests. 

Think about your audience

Now, let’s be real – if your Airbnb is not overlooking some breathtaking scenery or if it’s not close to the important points of interest, you’re going to need to put in some effort. For starters, think about the kind of audience your city is most likely to attract. For example, if it’s mainly famous for festivals and nightlife, you probably want to make your place more Instagram-worthy. On the other hand, if most of your guests happen to be families, then you want to provide them with a comfortable and children-friendly atmosphere. In short, every aspect of your property’s design depends on the effect you want to achieve, and thus, on the audience you want to attract.

 

 

Don’t go wild with the base

Neutral colours might sound boring at first, but they are the safest choice simply because nobody dislikes them. Of course, this doesn’t mean you should paint everything in white and cream and leave it at that. You should spice things up with more vibrant colours – but they should be introduced through smaller details like artwork, plants, pillows, rugs, etc. This way, you’re less likely to scare off any more conservative types, and you might even impress a few people with your ability to combine different colours and create something that is everything but boring. 

What’s under your feet matters

Now, many Airbnb hosts leave their floors bare simply because it’s easier to clean them that way. Although that might be more practical, it’s definitely not more visually appealing nor comfortable. So, don’t be afraid of adding a fashionable jute rug to your Airbnb. Jute rugs are very sturdy, and they are eco-friendly, which means that your property will also appeal to the eco-conscious audience. Finally, they also come in many different sizes and colours, so they can upgrade your neutral base perfectly. 

Don’t forget about storage

This might seem like a no-brainer, but many hosts focus so much on minimalism and décor that they completely forget about storage. After all, you will have people coming from another country – they will have lots of stuff with them, and they don’t want to look for a place to hang their jacket or put their stuff. There’s nothing wrong about minimalism if that’s what you’re aiming for, but still, that’s not an excuse to be lazy. Therefore, add some hooks to the wall, build in some cupboards, and put a rack for shoes near the entrance door. Don’t make your guests frustrated the first minute they enter. 

Make it smell nice

Last but not least, interior design is not all about visual appeal. True, when browsing the website, the appearance of your Airbnb will matter the most. However, keep in mind that people often travel to the same city more than once, especially if there is a certain annual event that they want to attend. So, you don’t want to just attract new guests, but you also want to bring back the old ones. And this is where your other senses come into play – make your Airbnb smell nice. It’s bound to leave a good first impression and give you a few extra points in the reviews. Just make sure not to pick any overwhelming scent so you don’t turn off guests with allergies. 

Being an Airbnb host is a competitive business that does require a lot of dedication in order to stay in the game. Raising the value of your property depends a lot on how you can make your guests feel – there’s a reason why they chose an Airbnb instead of a hotel. So, make them feel at home, and they’ll be more than willing to show appreciation for your effort.

Do you love decorating? Do you spend hours and hours reading your favorite Interior Designing Blog? If you enjoyed rearranging the furniture in your living room or choosing the color for your bedroom, this is enough for you to know that there is something about decorating that makes you happy. Being an interior designer doesn’t have to be a dream, you can channel your inner artist and start decorating your own home, and who knows, after a while you may be asked to help other people, too. What’s important is to start.

Finding inspiration

It’s amazing where people can find inspiration. For example, you may see somebody wearing bright colors in the street and wish to paint your walls exactly the same shade. Also, you may see a nice photo of somebody’s living room in a magazine and set off to buy exactly the same coffee table. Or, you can catch a glimpse of the most beautiful bathroom in a movie and spend days daydreaming about having a tub like the one you saw. If you’re thinking about decorating your home, you can buy magazines like Elle Decoration, House Beautiful, or Ideal Home, or you can browse some useful sites like Pinterest and find some ideas you can use.

Being serious about it

For those who are serious and ambitious, there are ways to take their love for decorating to a whole new level. Different courses of interior design will allow you to gain insight into elements and principles of interior design. Color palettes, mood-boards, window coverings, and types of furnishings hold more meaning than an enthusiast might realize in the beginning, and the right course will allow you to learn about these things and deepen your knowledge of decorating. The best thing about these courses is that you can choose whether you’d like to attend classes or simply finish an online course.

Know your limitations

Sometimes it’s important to know where and when to draw the line. It can happen that the most popular color of the season looks great in magazines, but not in your home. Pantone color of the year is usually the color everyone wants on their walls, but it can be a mistake. Sometimes you have to decide not to follow the trend: if you have a small living room, painting it Marsala will be a mistake, but this year’s Greenery may be a perfect choice. The best decorators know what works – sometimes you can choose to use a color or a material that is not ‘hot’ or ‘trending’ but that will make your home look great. You don’t have to blindly follow trends to get a beautiful home; sometimes improvising and working with ‘unusual’ items will give the best results.

Dare to risk

Knowing what you like and staying within your limits is good; it will always give nice results and you will not make a mistake. Have you ever stopped yourself from buying an item after your initial enthusiasm? Decorators trust their gut – if you see something you like, you can work with it. A carpet with strange patterns, a vase made of colored glass, lace curtains, a mosaic coffee table, or a cloud-shaped lamp – if it catches your eye and makes you happy, take a risk and buy it. Statement pieces like these will make your home unique and memorable.

Following your dreams and doing what makes you happy is important, and if decorating does that for you, then you should pursue that dream. If you have a talent for decorating space, you shouldn’t ignore it, but instead you should develop it. Your creative and innovative ideas can help you style your dream home.

Unless you’re a true decorating junkie, it’s quite likely that your guest bedroom won’t be a top priority when you decorate your home. It’s a room you visit the least so it might seem silly to put extra thought and effort in sprucing it up. However, this is a room where your guests will spend a part of their time and it should be a warm and cosy place where they can feel comfortable and welcome. It definitely shouldn’t be devoid of character and it only needs a few essentials to become a perfect retreat for any visitor.

Guest bedroom style

Pick a style or theme

To start, just follow the theme of your entire home and carry its style through into the guest bedroom as well. If you don’t, the room might seem neglected or even forgotten and your guests could feel as if they were simply ditched there. A room with style will show that you care both about the space and how your guests feel in it. There are many directions you can take, from a coastal theme with a neutral palette and beach artwork to a room that doesn’t have a literal theme but seems well put together. What really counts is the thought you invest that will be visible in the end result.

A comfortable bed

Set up a comfortable bed

The choice of a bed for your guest bedroom will depend on the size of your home. Bigger homes usually have ample rooms and guest bedrooms with large beds. But in smaller homes, guest bedrooms often double as a home office, ironing room or some other purpose. In that case, opting for a sofa bed might be better as the room can then be a second living space when it’s not occupied. If you do go for a bed, cosy it up with multiple layers starting from a top sheet, to the duvet and extra throws. Some of your guests might be hot sleepers and others might be freezing in the peak of summer, so let them decide what they can take and what can be removed.

A bedside table

Everyone needs a bedside table

Even if you have a smaller bedroom for guests, you can squeeze in a tiny bedside table. Everyone needs a space to put down a bottle of water, their mobile phone, a book or glasses. The last thing you’d want is to force your guests to shove their things under the bed or on the floor. If there’s enough room for a larger bedside table, use it to put some fresh and welcoming details such as fresh flowers and scented candles. It will show extra effort on your part and make your visitors feel at home.

Special extras

By adding a few extra details in the guest bedroom can help your visitors get more comfortable and relaxed. Think in terms of little things that can occupy their attention when they need to rest from their daily activities with you, such as a collection of magazines, books, healthy snacks, crackers, power bars, bottled water and some freshly baked muffins. Another nice touch is adding a TV so your guests could enjoy their favourite show before bedtime. You can easily incorporate it into the existing décor or tuck it away in a cabinet. Most people nowadays love their gadgets and mobiles, so offer your Wi-Fi password in a visible place. Have some fun and instead of writing it on a piece of paper, frame it in a vintage photo frame or put it up on the wall along with other famous inspirational quotes.

Bathroom supplies

Bathroom essentials

A lot of guests tend to forget at least one of their toiletries so setting up a basket or a tray with bathroom essentials will be most welcome. Include a toothbrush and toothpaste, body and face wash, a neutral lotion, hand crème, shampoo and conditioner. And, don’t forget an extra hair dryer. Most travellers need as much space as they can get in their suitcases so a hairdryer is usually left out.

With the help of these several guest bedroom essentials, you’ll be able to create a cosy, welcoming and comfortable space for anyone who visits your home.

Living Coral has been pronounced the color of the year by the Pantone Color Institute, and it’s been described as “animating and life-affirming coral hue with a golden undertone that energizes and enlivens with a softer edge.” However, despite its popularity, its uniqueness can sometimes make it a bit difficult to incorporate in the home décor. With that in mind, here are a few tips that should help you freshen up your interior by making this color a part of it.

coral wall

Paint the walls

Perhaps the first thing that comes to mind when remodeling is painting the walls. Of course, you can paint the whole room in this color, or you can choose just a single wall and turn it into a focal point. Either way, this shade would make any room look fresh and youthful, which would leave a great first impression on your guests when they come for a visit. Living Coral is also a color that is easily matched with other colors and patterns, so don’t hesitate to spice things up a bit with wall decals, wallpapers, or some other wall decorations.

coral rug

Add some textiles

Throws, pillows, curtains, carpets, and other textiles are all things that bring your home to life and make it cozier. Curtains in this color, for example, would emphasize the natural light coming through them, while carpets and mats would make the whole area seem brighter. Plus, such a carpet would go great with any type of flooring, regardless of whether we are talking about wood, tiles, or something else. The only downfall is that it can get dirty rather easily, so if you choose to add it to your living room, opt for materials that can withstand high traffic, like wool or cotton. Anyway, it’s a great way to add some character to your home, no matter which interior style you prefer.

coral lamp

Small decorations matter

This might be the safest way to incorporate Living Coral, especially if you don’t want to overwhelm the space with it. After all, small things can often make a big difference. So, get some subtler accessories, like planters, picture frames, or mirror frames, and paint them in this color. You can also combine Living Coral with white, as they look great together. Living Coral also goes well with stone-like textures, so it should look great on your fireplace or kitchen counters. Or, if you’ve chosen your accent wall, you can draw even more attention to it with the mentioned frames.

coral sofa

Pick your furniture

Now, this might seem like a bold move, but it can also be just the thing you need to upgrade the look of your home. For instance, a nice sofa in this color would look amazing on a white carpet. Just keep in mind that such a sofa can be a bit more difficult to maintain, so it might not be the best choice if you have furry pets. You can opt for a smaller piece of furniture instead, like a stylish armchair. Regardless of what you pick, rest assured that it would take the whole appearance of your interior to the next level.

If you are into fashion and you want your home to be up to date, introducing this color into your home décor might be just the thing it needs to look as good as new. It would brighten it up, and add some character to it. Plus, being surrounded by this unique color it would make you feel much more energetic and comfortable. So, consider the listed tips, apply them to your home, and it’s bound to look better than ever before.

When it comes to good gift giving, there’s three main types that are well received: visual, edible or an experience. That could be, flowers, chocolates and tickets to an event. However, if you’re looking to explore beyond the realms of ‘tried and tested’ – home décor gifts can be a great hit too.

With gift giving in general, the type of present that you’ll be giving is hugely dependent on the type of person who’ll be receiving it – and the aesthetic of their home; so, we made a few different categories.

Here are some ideas that are sure to be a hit!

Home Décor Gift Ideas:

The Classic Look

To achieve the classic look, your home décor gift should be described as timeless and effortlessly chic. If you’re not sure what makes something timeless or effortlessly chic, there’s a few things you look out for:

Firstly, is your item something that’s always been fashionable? Something that isn’t a fad and can be gifted at any time of year to any person – like a scented candle perhaps? That’s a timeless gift.

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Next, classic home décor gifts should have the ability to fit within almost any interior design theme – because they’re often neutral in design and aesthetic. Therefore, features to look out for are clean lines, neutral tones (like cream, black and grey); and classic materials like glass, metal or wood.

A great classic home décor gift idea would be a sleek hanging lantern, accompanied by a white scented candle.

 

The Unmissable Gift

Perhaps you like to make a statement or your friend loves things that are out of the ordinary? If you’re looking to have an impact then your home décor gift should be unmissable!

You’ll need to think BIG and think different; and this doesn’t mean expensive either.

If you’re looking to spend a little more on your unmissable gift, this contemporary human sculpture from InStyle-Décor will certainly hit the spot. It’s custom-made and will make a great addition to any wall.

 

Credit: InStyle-Décor

The Personal Home Décor Gift

If you’re looking for a home décor gift idea that’s a little more personal, perhaps it’s for a close friend, then our best advice is to make something; nothing shows through like researching and making a present!

There’s tonnes of tutorials out there, like these DIY shabby chic home accessories that are easy and inexpensive to make.

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The Stylish Gift

Are you buying a home décor gift for an interior design fiend with a carefully curated array of decorative items? Fear not, a stylish gift is easy to find!

For a gift that successfully stylish, it needs to be one part classic (neutral, timeless, tasteful) and one part quirky (not found in every home).

These three delicate hanging frames from Cox & Cox hit the nail on the head perfectly. You can either gift them as they are, or choose some of your favourite images to place inside to add a personal touch!

Why not go the extra mile and help them hang the frames too?

All stylish people drink wine right? This geometric wine rack is a delightfully stylish way to display wines.  

Credit: The Little House Shop

The Fun Home Décor Gift

Last, but certainly not least, on this list is the fun home décor gift. This is perfect for a goofy friend, a young homeowner (like a child that’s recently moved out), or as a light-hearted and economical present.

A mini cinema light box is a fun gift that’s small, sweet and will make a great addition to any room!

Other Considerations

Each situation is different, and while we’d all love to gift a handmade ornate home décor piece to everyone – there’s a few variables that could limit this.

First and foremost, consider your budget; you don’t want to fall in love with an item that you can’t afford!

Next, what’s your timeline? If you only have a few days until your gift-giving event then ordering something that’s handmade might not be the best idea.

Lastly, don’t make it too good a gift or you’ll never want to give it away.

Happy gift giving guys!

 

You just recently got wed and now it’s time to settle down in your new home and start planning for the future. The home that you’ve moved into to start a family needs to be a reflection of your young, vibrant, and sophisticated personalities. It is also a place where you will be spending most of your time, so it’s vital that you compromise while finding your decorating style in order for both of you to feel comfortable and happy there. And in order to help you design your dream newlywed nest, we have created a list of necessary steps that every young couple should follow. So, let’s take a look at some suggestions room by room.

Personality and intimacy of the bedroom

First things first, the bedroom is the most intimate place where you spend time with your spouse so it’s important that it matches both your personalities and interests. Therefore, always check with one another that both of you love the choices you’ve made. For example, when you’re deciding on the colour of your bedroom, there are bound to be different opinions, but in order to reach a compromise, we recommend consulting Pantone’s colour report for the latest colour trends and get some inspiration. Additionally, if your budget is limited, just knowing that you have bought something together will add an immense value to that item. Finally, if you really want to give the room some character, you should include photographs from the most memorable events where you two were together along with other dear memorabilia.

Bringing style to the living room

The living room is the place where you come to relax after work, organise get-togethers with friends and family, or just snuggle on the couch next to your partner during a movie night. When it comes to the design of your living room, think big, cosy and elegant, and go for a vintage style lounge that will contribute to a warm and inviting atmosphere. Since all of your guests who come to your home will see your living room, make sure to invest in living room accessories which will make everybody’s head turn. So, go shopping together and find the items which will be a clear reflection of your sophisticated taste.

A modern bathroom for a modern couple

A bathroom is the place where both of you come to relax, take a bath, and freshen up for work or a night out. But when it comes to personal hygiene, men and women have different needs. If you don’t want to end up fighting who’s getting to keep their products in the medicine cabinet, make sure to invest in smart storage solutions for your bathroom that are not only practical but stylish as well, since you want to have a classy bathroom that matches the rest of your house.

Backyard décor ideas

If you’re lucky to have a backyard, then it’s high time you put it to good use. Firstly, this part of the house is typically more spacious and can be used for hosting birthday parties and other events. So, if you already own a barbeque, don’t keep it in your garage to collect dust. Instead, you should take it out and call your friends to enjoy a tasty outdoor dinner. Additionally, you can buy cute flowerpots and some low-maintenance plants to give your backyard that final touch.

Kitchen flare

Many marriage counselors agree that the couple that cooks together stays longer together and is generally happier. For this reason, don’t shy away from keeping your pantries stacked with spices and herbs for when you and your partner decide to prepare some interesting dishes. Also, keep in mind that investing in some modern kitchen accessories, such as a manual coffee grinder or a classic steel cookie jar, will certainly make this room the talk of the town and add that traditional feel to it. What’s even better, by cooking together, you will also be able to create some special secret recipes for just the two of you to enjoy.

As we can see, it doesn’t take much for a newlywed couple to create their dream home. All it takes is a lot of compromise and imagination. We wish you all the best in your future endeavors as a couple. Good luck!

 

Remember when a couple of years back DIY took over the interior design world? Everyone was trying to make their own pallet furniture and other similar items. This year, one of the biggest interior design trends lies in artisan works. Handcrafted products require skills, time and artistry which, when combined, breathe life into pieces enriched by the attention and creativity of the artisan behind those creations. This is the reason why these craftsman designs integrate well into various interior design styles and elevate the entire room once introduced. No matter if you own your place or rent an apartment, here are a few ideal ways to add handmade décor into your home.

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A statement furniture piece

Handcrafted furniture comes at a hefty price, so having an entire set of these pieces is a true luxury. Fortunately, you don’t have to spend thousands of dollars to equip an entire room with such designer pieces. It is enough to invest in one conspicuous piece to add a touch of glamour to your home and inspire every guest to ask you “Where did you get such a thing?” Wood carving is especially designed with the intention to be in the limelight, but you can also go for woven chairs, stools with tassels, teal carved chairs or metal objects.

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An attention-grabbing rug

Handmade rugs are hardly a new thing. In fact, they have a long and exciting history that dates back to 500 BC. Originally they were intended for making floors warmer, but eventually they began to stand for prestige and class. Introduce a breath of these ancient refinements to your home by getting a handcrafted Persian rug that is an instant showstopper with its numerous colors and patterns you can’t look away from.

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Designer pots

When you want to enrich your home with a fresh new look without spending too much money or changing too many things, you can simply go for foolproof accessories such as hand painted pots. In combination with lively houseplants, these unique pieces bring a sense of originality into your home and can be added to every room ranging from the bathroom to the lounge. The best thing about them is that you can find such designer pots online at affordable prices, when considering the work the artists invested into making them.

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Pillow talking

If you have ever read a magazine article about making your home look comfier and more elegant, you have probably ran into tips saying you should add more throw pillows to sofas, couches and beds. However, if besides coziness and elegancy you also want to add more individuality, you should opt for handmade throw pillows that come in a range of fascinating designs that can fit into every design style. Some are hand painted, some knitted and others sewn with incredible attention to detail – the mass produced throw pillows can’t compete with that.

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The cover up

What goes hand to hand with pillows? Of course blankets and furniture covers. Similarly to the previous item, these products come in various designs and the artisans use different methods for making them. The borders of their imagination are nowhere to be seen. Depending on your overall home design, you can decide for having ethnic patterns on your blankets and covers, or go for a more modern look such as a chunky arm knitted blanket throw in a vibrant shade.

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Lights up

Chandeliers, pendant lamps and table lamps have always contributed to home décor in two ways: by providing ambiance and by being distinct decorative elements. Handcrafted chandeliers can serve as a unique centerpiece, not only in the living room, but also in the bedroom and the bathroom. There are many different styles handcrafted lighting fixtures come in, ranging from industrial metal pieces to chandeliers with crystal beads, such as the ones that used to light up ballrooms around the world.

It takes only one artisan piece to make your home look like a million bucks, because it is impossible not to notice the care and attention invested into making them.

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Your work environment can greatly affect your overall motivation, productivity and creativity, so you need to choose a design that will keep you at the top of your game during the work hours. Whether you’re designing a home office, minute cubicle or a commercial office space, you should aim for a comfortable and stylish design that will make your office one of your favourite places.

Inspire with a view

View

Whether you’re decorating an office space for yourself or for your employees, you need to create an environment that will inspire great ideas and boost office efficiency. It’s needless to say that no one can draw inspiration from looking at their computers all the time. Thus, you should give your office space an inspiring view that will energise and stimulate both you and your employees. Of course, if you’re decorating your home office, arranging the furniture to face the window overlooking a lovely garden will be much more feasible. Decorating a commercial office or a cubicle is restrictive to some extent, so you need to think of some other ideas. For example, creating a living wall in an open, co-working space can provide all of the employees with a lovely, nature-inspired view. In a cubicle, you can surround yourself with your favourite artwork that can provide you with visual stimulation during your work hours.

Energise with colour

Colour

Dull, all-grey design can be quite de-motivating, so you should bring in a pop of colour to your workplace. In your home office, you can repaint a single wall in a vibrant hue, while in a commercial space, you can introduce colourful details every now and then to break the monotony. The key to using colour in the office successfully lies in implementing energising hues, such as red, yellow and orange, or soothing shades of blue and green that promote concentration and relaxation. Regardless of the type of office you work in, you can always introduce a dose of colourfulness that will stimulate your mind. However, make sure to use colours in moderation because using too much of them can be quite distracting.

Cosy up your home office

Cosy
Since working from home provides you with numerous opportunities to experiment with the design, you can create your own corner where you’ll truly enjoy working. Apart from the aforementioned ideas, you need to create an atmosphere of cosiness in your stylish home office so that you feel comfortable when working long hours. From cosy area rugs that will keep your feet warm and comfy cushions to support your back to an adjustable desk that will enable you to switch positions, implementing these simple ideas will boost your efficiency significantly.

Introduce boundaries to an open-concept office

Open Concept

While a great number of employees like the airiness of an open-concept office, such a design can be quite distracting at times. However, you can introduce certain boundaries to this type of office space while still preserving its openness. For example, you can group different teams separately in semi-enclosed areas by using stylish privacy screens. You will provide each team with enough privacy yet enable them to easily communicate with each other. Another possible solution is introducing echo-reducing panels that will reduce the noise pollution in the office. In addition, if you design a break room for socialising, employees will be less likely to spend time chatting at their desks.

Style up your cubicle

Cubicle

If the very thought of your boring cubicle makes you want to skip work, you should create a homier, more stylish look that will give it a unique, personalised appeal. Since cubicles are quite limited in space, you should eliminate clutter and keep your workplace organised. You can introduce a lovely shelf for your decorative details and personal items. As mentioned, the artwork is another important component that will keep you inspired throughout the day, so bring your favourite pieces and find a great place to display them.

By choosing design elements that inspire creativity, comfort and inspiration, you’ll be able to create an office that you won’t want to leave.

Getting the right amount of the right lighting for your home is really important for mood and function. But how much is the right amount and what is the ideal mix? Read on for some great suggestions to help you achieve a designer look for your home.

Natural lighting

Natural lighting is important for the way our brains function and can have a huge impact on mood and ability to sleep. It also simply looks fabulous! There’s nothing more lovely than letting in an abundance of natural light and of course, if there are beautiful windows AND a lovely view, then you’re laughing.

Natural lightning

Photo credit: Sartorial Interiors

A couple of things about light streaming into our homes. Firstly, it can also bring the heat. You’ll need window treatments of one sort or another. If you’re after some inspo, check out this board.
Secondly, the sun (especially here in Australia) can be quite harsh. To soften its impact on your eyes – AND for increased privacy – consider adding sheers. They have a lovely way of filtering sunlight and are very effective in maintaining your privacy. They’re also super contemporary and add a softness to space. But, I digress. Back to lighting….

Task lighting

A room’s use will determine how much task lighting you’ll need. For example, you’ll need more strong, clear lighting for a kitchen or an office than a bedroom. And on the flip side, you’ll need more soft dimmable lighting in a bedroom than a kitchen. Although, you’ll need both in both.

Kitchen

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To state the obvious, task lighting needs to go in a work area in an unimpeded way, usually this is above and slightly in front of where a person will sit or stand. Warm white LED downlights are perfect for this, or track lighting that can be pointed to a specific spot.

Mood lighting

This is the fun stuff! Think beautiful pendants and lamps and cleverly placed LED strips. You will have by now seen stunning pendants via Pinterest or Instagram. Place them over dining tables, besides beds or vanities or in foyers or stairwells. Make them a feature and use dimmable or Edison globes to ensure soft lighting when you’re kicking back. Another ongoing trend is to have a series of them (usually three or four) over a kitchen island. Like rugs, they can help ‘zone’ spaces – especially in open plan rooms.

Mood lightning

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There’s an English designer, Abigail Ahearn, who suggest that each room should have at least eight sources of artificial light. Think about that for a moment. Eight! If you have downlights and a pendant, you still need six lamps to hit the quota. Of course, I love the idea and am dedicated to spreading the word, but five or six would probably suffice in most rooms!
Another great option for mood lighting are wall lights or sconces. Again these look fab on either side of a vanity or in hallways. They also look stunning over shelving and artworks.

Strip LED lighting can be used to enhance architectural detail to a great extent. Use it to outline stairs, hallways, cabinetry or to emphasise textured walls or ceilings.

Bathtub

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Once you start exploring the wonderful world of lighting, you’ll start to think about your own home. Will you stick with what you’ve got or start adding more to hit Abigail Ahern’s eight sources per room?

Monique Sartor is a Sydney based interior designer, blogger, and podcaster. You could say she’s somewhat obsessed with all things relating to interiors!! Monique is a guest writer for Houzz and loves providing her award-winning service to fabulous clients! For more visit www.sartorialinteriors.com.au

After a tiring day, we probably just want to relax on our patio or on our deck. Additionally, we spend most of our time there while entertaining our friends and relatives.  Being said that, making our deck comfortable is very crucial. The best way to start doing a patio or deck make over is through your flooring.

Here are some flooring ideas for you.

Traditional Wood Decking

Wood flooring is one of the most adaptable kinds since it looks good on any furniture and fixture. It can also be very versatile in terms of appearance because it can give a rustic ambiance that can be very laid back but with a modern touch. With wood, you will be sure that your choice will not go out of style.

Outdoor Flooring Ideas for Style and Comfort

Tile Flooring

Making tiles as your flooring can have many benefits. First, tiles can be very flexible because there are countless of designs you can choose from. There are tiles that look exactly like a stone to give your patio a natural-looking one, or you can select a contemporary design. Second, it is very affordable, especially when compared to other floorings. Applying tiles can only cost you around $2 – $15 per square foot depending on the design, quality, and size that you want. Lastly, tiles are very easy to maintain as you just have to occasionally sweep or mop the area. Sun and rain don’t damage them, unlike wood floorings.

 

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Artificial Grass

A high-quality artificial grass looks and feels like a real one already. Additionally, using this kind of flooring can also be very convenient for you. Unlike real grass, you do not have to worry about spending a lot of time mowing the lawn just to maintain the grass. You do not also need to water or set up a sprinkler for it. It can be a great alternative if you have allergies to real grass. While it is true that artificial grass is more expensive than that of a real one, just imagine how much you can save from maintaining it all throughout the year.

Concrete

If you are thinking concrete can be very boring for a patio floor, think again. You can use staining or stamping methods to vamp up your concrete and create a stylish design on your patio. Firth an expert in concrete paving says that another reason why you should choose concrete is that you will undoubtedly be able to keep it for the entire time you live there. It can also be very easy to clean and it is a super cheap option.

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Brick

Bricks can give you a lot of flexibility in your flooring because there are so many designs and patterns you can do with it. As a very durable material, it can cost you a lot up front but you will still be able to technically save money from it because it doesn’t break unless you do it intentionally. It is also a slip resistant material. You also just have to do minimal works to maintain your flooring.

Outdoor Flooring Ideas for Style and Comfort

Rubber Flooring

Rubber flooring can be a very affordable option for you. It will just cost you $2 per square foot but there are still more expensive choices but they are still cheap enough compared to other flooring types. Additionally, rubber floorings are very comfortable for walking. It is highly advisable to use this if you have small children or older people in your house because rubber floorings are slip resistant even if it gets wet. Just do not expect that much longevity to your rubber floors and you might have to replace it after some time.

Foam Tiles

Even though foam tiles are not created the same, there are still a lot of benefits. Just try to be specific if you will put it indoors or outdoors. Foam tiles are best for floorings beside the pool area because they are very slip-resistant and they are anti-mold and mildew. However, the downside is it is the least durable materials on this list.

Outdoor Carpet

Carpets can generally feel you more comfortable as it gives the more homey feel. It can make hanging outside more relaxed compared to other materials like bricks and tiles. When it comes to style, carpets have a lot of styles available in the market. You can mix and match the design to make it look better. It is a very cheap material because it can cost as low as $1 but it requires a lot of maintenance to keep it in good shape.

Stone Steps

While the stone material is very expensive, buying one can ensure that it will last for a very long time and it doesn’t need extensive maintenance. For some cases, you don’t even have to sweep or clean it. It can add a simple but natural feel to your home. Just consider putting in some natural designs for your outdoor flooring needs.

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Patterned Patio

You can use different materials to make a patterned patio. For instance, a checkered flooring design with an oversized green and white color can be best for red handprints on the edges. With this kind of patio, your imagination is the limit. You can do a lot of design whether you want a retro, contemporary, or modern ambiance to your whole deck.