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There used to be a time when the ability to bring fire indoors was the height of luxury and comfortable living. Our expectations are much higher now, but some of that wonder and excitement can still be a part of your day-to-day life if you incorporate a fireplace into your living quarters.

In fact, if it’s chosen with care and incorporated into a home while maintaining a clear vision of style – a fireplace can become a centerpiece of the home and attract the attention of your guests and visitors.

An abundance of styles

Recently, there have been many great developments in the technology needed to install and maintain a fireplace. At the same time, the materials that make its surroundings have also improved greatly. All of this has given a sense of freedom when it comes to designing a fireplace and the room it’s in. The key thing is to set a budget for home renovations and try to stick to it. That will help you to renovate your home and add additions like this one.

For a long time, they have been considered to be something rustic and old-fashioned. That misconception has had its effect on the style that was available to fireplace owners. Now, there are no such limitations and a fireplace could be as slick and modern as the rest of your home.

A natural look

As we said, there’s something natural and even primal in staring into a fire in the comfort of your own home. Many designers feel the need to mimic this look in the design of the fireplace itself. This is best accomplished by using brick and concrete and keeping the fireplace simple and even bare in its design.

Manufactured brick and stone could also be used to this effect and for the most part, no one can tell the difference. Constructing a fireplace in this way is also less costly, since there’s less material to be used.

A floor fireplace

Thanks to the advancement in the exhaustion technology, a fireplace could be placed in a more daring and bold manner. A fireplace inside the floor allows for a more striking design for the whole room. It works well with traditional wood in natural and bright tones, while still working with a modern tone as well.

For instance, patches of all black furniture have the tendency to pop in this surrounding which means you can focus on leather and other more lavish design details without being afraid that it may look over the top.

Squared shapes all around

For a while, it was quite unusual to see a perfect square shape in a fireplace. It seemed kind of strange and all fireplace designers opted for something a bit more traditional and more natural looking. However, squared fireplaces are making a comeback and they are usually placed in modern and vibrant looking rooms.

For the most part, these rooms also embrace squares and other artificial shapes and designs in the furniture and doors and windows as well. Bright colors and vibrant artwork could also add to the central position a fireplace holds in such a room.

Outdoor fireplaces

In the end, a fireplace could also find its place on a well-designed patio. Patios are becoming more extravagant and complex in their design and fire pits are being replaced with something more elegant and more expensive.

One of the most common features of this design is a fireplace that fits in with the outdoor swimming pool, usually reflecting in it and adding to the overall atmosphere. It creates an intimate look even when it comes with lavish details.

A fireplace can be a centerpiece of the room it’s based in. The design of the room overall should take the fireplace into account and work around it.

The most wonderful time of the year is finally here! Fall has finally arrived and brought us those beautiful colors of changing leaves, misty mornings and cloudy skies some of us have been waiting for since, well, last fall. Of course, this is the perfect time for some light seasonal decorating as well. While the majority of people restrict their decorating efforts to only the most occupied areas of their homes, such as the front door, hallway, the living room and the kitchen, there really is no need to stop there if fall is your favorite season as well.
Instead, you can also welcome some of that cozy and relaxing atmosphere in your bedroom. Create a perfect sanctuary that will lull you to sleep in time. Here are a few useful tips.

Embrace the colors

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The fall palette is one of the best things about fall. Warm muted hues, such as rusty orange, oatmeal, chestnut and mustard yellow can instantly evoke a feeling of coziness and elevate your room decor to new heights. By implementing these colors in your room design, you’ll create a perfect layered look, reminiscent of the fallen leaves covering the ground outside.

Play with materials

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When it comes to the materials, the rules of the game are pretty simple: if it’s plush, warm, soft or cozy, and if the colors fit in with the theme – go for it!
Think in terms of seasonal throw blankets, either in solid colors or with an interesting pattern such as chequered, stripy or zigzag. When it comes to the material, cotton, wool or fleece are the top choices.
Next, embellish your bed with plush throw pillows, but make sure they fit in with the throw blankets, to avoid creating a too chaotic look. What we’re trying to say is that you should combine solid colored pillows with patterned blankets or vice versa. For additional oomph, consider adding a flip sequin pillow that changes the color from chestnut or maroon to pumpkin orange or mustard yellow.
For an area rug, choose something warm and fluffy that will remind you of the leaf covered ground. You can even make your own little area rug out of some colorful yarn or rags.

Seasonal wreaths are not just for winter

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Next, make a seasonal fall wreath by using a sturdy wire for the base, weave some branches around it and decorate it with dry leaves, berries, small pumpkins and various colorful bows and ribbons. If you’re a Halloween fan, you can even add a creepy element to your decor, such as a plastic bat, a spider or even small Jack-o’-lanterns. Additionally, you can make wreaths of various sizes and arrange them together to form a beautiful art piece. The possibilities here are nearly endless.

Rethink the storage

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Since you’ll add new elements to your bedroom, such as the blankets and throw pillows, you’ll need a place to store them when they are not being used. So, instead of just stuffing them in your wardrobe, make them work as indirect decor. Get your hands on a bit woven basket and place your throws there once you remove them from your bed. This will work as an additional decor piece and you will always have your favorite blankets at arm’s reach.

Pumpkin up the space

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Most of us, when we think of fall, we think of pumpkins. Not only can they be used to make some of the world’s most delicious treats and meals, but their perfect imperfection makes them an excellent statement piece in any fall-inspired decor. So, get your hands on a few real pumpkins of various sizes or test your crafty skills once more and make some pumpkin-inspired decor pieces out of yarn, old rags, old newspaper, rope or clay.

As you can see, there really is no reason not to celebrate the most wonderful time of the year throughout your home. Sure, chances are that not all your visitors will see your awesome bedroom decor – unless you take them on tour – but it will make all those nights spent with a book in your hands that more special and cozy.

You may not be able to hire the most famous interior designers and buy all those extravagant furniture pieces and home accessories, but that doesn’t mean you can’t turn your average house into a dream home. Here is a list of décor ideas that will help you style your home like a true celebrity. You just need to be open to new ideas and not hesitate to pamper yourself from time to time. Let the redecoration begin!

The striking entryway

What makes a celebrity’s home so special is the fact that each part of it is equally fabulous and sophisticated. So, instead of focusing only on your living room, bathroom and bedroom design, make sure that your entryway looks fantastic as well. After all, this is what all your guests or potential buyers will see as soon as they step in. You can start by getting rid of all the clutter, as well as removing your old shoes and jackets. Afterwards, you can think about hanging up a mirror that will create a feeling of depth and make the space seem much larger. Finally, small details like a nicely-patterned vase or potted flowers will be there to add a breath of fresh air and sweep everybody off their feet.

Don’t forget the home cinema

There is simply no celebrity house without a home cinema, so it’s high time you built one just for yourself. Firstly, you need to choose a room which is sound-proof and far away from the bedrooms so that you don’t disturb other family members while pulling an all-nighter enjoying your favourite movies. Then, consider all those amazing themes such as a drive-in cinema or a 1950’s diner-inspired theatre and see which one will suit your taste the best. Of course, don’t forget to install a classic popcorn machine and thus bring the whole experience to the next level.

Walk-in closet is a must

There is absolutely nothing that screams “celebrity” louder than a walk-in closet. Whit this in mind, you can take a small room next to your bedroom and turn it into an extravagant wardrobe that all your friends will be jealous of. However, don’t forget that no matter how big it is, if you don’t come up with some practical storage solutions, you’ll risk ending up surrounded by a constant mess that definitely won’t make you feel as if you were a pop star. Therefore, start by installing custom-sized shelves and drawers where you can keep all your clothes, linens and towels. Additionally, having a few wicker baskets will come in handy for storing your winter-summer shoes and clothes that you won’t need for a while. On top of that, hanging a few hooks here and there would be a smart move if you want to have a place to hang your jackets and scarves. Lastly, remember that this room must be well-lit since you don’t want to mismatch your socks only because you couldn’t discern the colours in the dark.

Invest in art

Last but not least, no celebrity will allow for their walls to stay empty and completely devoid of any artworks. So, if you want to follow in their footsteps and really feel as if you were one of them, it’s time you visited galleries and discovered some new inspiration. We guarantee you’ll be surprised to see how even a small graphic painting can do wonders for your interior and break the monotony instantly. You can either opt for several smaller pieces or turn an oversized one into the focal point of the room.

No matter what you decide, feel free to be innovative and don’t be afraid to experiment with extravagant and unexpected solutions.
As you can see, everybody has the right to live in their dream home and nothing should stand in your way towards achieving this. You just need to be imaginative, consider all those different design options and not shy away from pampering yourself a bit. Good luck, and enjoy your new luxurious home!

When it comes to property there are a few things that people tend to notice right away.  The first obviously is location, but once they are inside, it’s all about the light, and the view. Some realtors will even time the viewing of a property for when the light looks best in the house. Realtors know that windows and what’s outside the windows can make a significant difference in how a buyer feels about the house.  If a house has great light, people tend to like it, if you can pair that with a great view, you can expect the price and the interest to go up. There are all sorts of windows out there, from small portholes to floor to ceiling varieties.  No matter what kind of windows a residence has, they play a huge role in the design and feel of your interior. Also depending on where you live for some rooms to be considered bedrooms they must contain a window.

Natural light is good for you

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You might not be a plant, but like plants, the sun helps you grow.  Natural light has been shown to have a whole host of benefits from improving mood and regulating sleep cycles, to more practical applications like being able to see without electric lighting.  Also some windows open, allowing you to let in some fresh air, and who doesn’t love that.

Bringing what’s outside your home in

When building a home or planning a reno, the placement of the windows, and to an even larger sense the rooms of the house will be thoughtfully considered in relation to the views available.  If you are lucky enough to have a view of the ocean or are high enough to see a panoramic cityscape chances are good that your windows and living space will be built around highlighting these features.  

Like handbags and shoes, windows should match the room

While not always the case, if you have the opportunity to choose your own windows, take your time and consider the room as well as the windows.  Think of a rustic cabin in the woods vs a converted warehouse apartment, both of these places feel different and look different, and most likely would be designed with different types of windows.  What’s most important is to try and choose a style that compliments the room as opposed to a style that clashes with it.

Things are looking up

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Skylights are a great option to lighten up a room and retain some privacy.  Bathrooms and showers can be dark because depending on the layout usually only one or two walls will have an option for a window.  The size and shape of the windows then have to be considered to bring in the light while not exposing you to the world while you take a shower.  The skylight solves all of these problems, allowing you to bring in lots of light where you want it without having to worry about scaring the neighbours.

When crystal clear is too clear

An often forgotten option when choosing windows is that they do not have to be clear.  In most cases, you want a window that is translucent, but not necessarily transparent. Opaque windows are often associated with renovations where a neighbour’s privacy must be preserved so council insists that your new second story bedroom doesn’t look directly into their bedroom.  However opaque windows can let in some nice light while also hiding some less than desirable features. For instance, a window that may look out into a stark brick wall, sometimes not seeing is better than seeing.

Clerestory, an unusual window

Clerestory windows are becoming a popular choice in modern constructions.  Generally placed high up near the ceiling of the room or the roof, they add an airy openness to rooms while also preserving wall space that could then be used by artworks or flat screen TVs.  Another benefit to these windows is creating the illusion of the ceiling floating on top of the room. Also can be used to maintain privacy while letting in the light.

Be practical about your choices

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Great big floor to ceiling windows sound and look great, but depending on what the room is used for may not be very practical.  The den and TV room are popular places for what are usually the biggest windows of the home. However, when watching TV reflections and light can make viewing difficult.  You may have chosen beautiful windows that look great, but depending on the layout and use of the room it may mean that watching TV or working on a computer is difficult without the use of shutters and blinds.  Or if the room is a bedroom you want to choose windows that both let in the light, but can be blocked when you want the room to be dark.

Mix it up

Windows come in all sorts of shapes and sizes.  While the quintessential window is usually square or rectangular, they don’t have to be.  Let your style help choose the windows, what do you like, let your creativity run wild. Alternatively, take cues from the property, perhaps your room has a unique shape and a triangular window would fit in just perfect, or maybe a circular one would work better.  Windows can provide a lot of visual interest while still highlighting the available views.

Consider your options

Once you have your windows picked you may want to consider some of the additional options.  Double glazing uses two pieces of glass to create your window and can help regulate the temperature of your home and reduce your heating and cooling bills.  Other options are for glass that can cut down on both the amount of light that gets through the windows (tinted) and the kind of light (UV) that comes through the windows.  UV light can damage fabrics and flooring over time as well as artwork on the wall, a UV blocking window can curtail some of that damage.

Windows as art

We often think of our walls as the place for artwork. But consider a ‘window wall’ as another visual center piece. A picture of a painting is the same all year round, while an expansive view of the garden, will change with the seasons. You can watch the birds flutter about while having your morning cup of coffee, or watch the kids playing out back while preparing dinner.  Reimagine your space with a big window to outside, it adds lots of light and often makes the room feel bigger.

Despite your personal style and standards, these living room decorations are must-haves for anyone. Having these in your living room will make it that much more appealing, trendy, and presentable.  These items are universal and can be combined with any decor and any style. Surely, this touch of style will impress your friends, family, neighbours, and even your plumber. If you’re not interested in decor that much, then the “magic simply hasn’t happened to you yet”. Read on to find out the 10 living room decorations everybody needs.  

1. Throw pillows

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Pillows on couches are one of the all-time styles that never go out of trend. They present the couch as cozier and welcoming and create a sort of contrast against the couch with their colour and edge. The pillows also provide a great back/headrest when you’re on the couch. Hence relaxing and refreshing your body. Beside pillows, there are creative ways to use linen to decorate your living room. 

2. Floor lamp

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Floor lamp creates such a great, relaxing, and vibrant environment. Since the light is a point source from the side, it creates a beautiful complexion of lights, shadows, and colour shades around the room as opposed to ceiling lights that flood light from the top of the room. Floor lamps have an edge over table lamps as the wiring can be hidden away easily.

3. Carpet

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From red carpets at Oscar awards to carpeted floors in an apartment, carpets make the flooring more appealing. Therefore it should be an essential part of your living room. Whether you want a small carpet near a couch or fully carpeted floor is up to you. They are great for winter especially because they provide you with a warm and cozy floor to walk on. With a carpet, you also have the comfort of preserving your flooring for a much longer time.

4. Coffee table

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With a coffee table, well you can keep your coffee mug on it off course. But, it also attracts the attention of the people on and around the couch towards it by being a centrepiece for that part of the room. You can keep magazines, newspapers, small photo albums, or even a plant on it. Make sure the colour, material, and design all match with the rest of the room, especially the couch.

5. Tall stools

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There are times when we just want to sit and have a nice chat or have a glass of wine, but the couch is just too comfy. Tall stools They are a great alternative to sitting on a sofa but definitely can’t replace a sofa in everyday life. So, you’re going to need both a stool and a couch.

6. Wall art/photos

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First of all, take a look at the wall you’re going to fill to decide what size of art you should pick. There are many ways to determine this and here are some different ideas. You can buy a million-dollar art or paint one yourself or have a photo of a candid moment. Anyway, this is a great way to add to the living room environment as well as display your skills, taste, a fond memory, or even your status. A good rule of thumb is to choose wall art that takes up the width of the wall, minus 6-12 inches on each side, so it looks like it’s centred, like at the image above.

7. Map poster

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This is quite similar to a photo or art on a wall. Except, this one gives you travel vibes. World map posters especially turn your living room artsy. The maps could also be historical or mythical, but they’ll surely make your living room wall more appealing.

8. Stacked curtains

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Curtains are quite old-fashioned but they easily fit any style of living room, whether modern or classic. Stacked curtains are even better as they can be used for any season and weather. Here are some ideas on how you can use curtains or even drapes to improve your living room. If you want to create a relaxed look, you should go with curtains to the bottom of the window trim or the sill. If you want to give your home a luxury, high-style look, lush drapes that touch the floor are the best choice.

9. Indoor plants

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It doesn’t have to be some really green and long plant that yields fruits. Choose a plant, according to your room’s decor.  Plants make the room come alive just as do pets. There are so many options out there that can suit everyone’s needs. *Keep in mind any allergies you might have to plants.*

10. Wall shelf

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And the final piece of decoration you’ll need to complete your living room is a wall shelf or wall shelves. It’s a simple installation but you can get help from your neighbour or a professional. You can showcase all your possessions such as artworks, photos, maps, plants, and prizes.

And now, here are a few last words.

A Quick Sum Up

All of these items are suggestions based on my research and gatherings, of course. So, it’s understandable if you’re not convinced you need every one of these. Also, these items are not the only items you need in your living room as these are mainly for decorative purposes. Assuming you already got your bare essentials such as couch, TV, heater/fan and such, these living room decoration ideas will beautify your living room elegantly.

Go on –  you can do it!

Deciding on the right decor style for your home can be quite difficult. However, instead of choosing a single one, you may consider the combination of several styles and thus manage to strike that perfect balance and create an inviting atmosphere. For instance, you can fuse traditional and modern design elements by introducing different accessories, patterns and colours. In order to help you achieve this in no time, we’ve singled out a list of some amazing ideas and suggestions.

Give minimalism a try

Minimalism has gained in popularity immensely over the last couple of years and it doesn’t seem that this craze will fade away any time soon. So, if you want to create a truly modern home, going minimalistic is the right way. This style would also allow you to add traditional furniture pieces and accessories without making your home look overcrowded and messy. For instance, if you’ve opted for a modern red sofa, you can pair it with a vintage-looking coffee table or a unique Arts and Crafts rug and thus manage to introduce two opposite designs in one room without ending up with something incoherent and awkward.

A fresh coat of paint

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Your apartment may be full of different traditional rustic pieces that you simply adore and don’t want to get rid of. However, you can always try to freshen them up and add a more modern feel to their design. For example, by painting your old kitchen cupboards, you’ll get a chance to preserve their vintage quality and make them look more contemporary at the same time. You can go for those amazing Pantone shades that have been predicted to be the most popular this year. On top of that, feel free to experiment a bit and don’t hesitate to opt for bolder choices which will speak volumes about your great taste and ability to think outside the box.

Mix these styles in your bathroom

Your bathroom is the perfect place to achieve this special mixture of modern and traditional elements. You can start by installing brass faucets that will, together with an antique credenza or vanity cabinet, help you experience the spirit of a bygone era, making you feel as if you were taking a bath in one of the royal bathrooms. In addition to that, elegant mirrors have been shown to be a great choice as well, since these can really tie the whole room together and add that finishing touch to the place. Finally, think about incorporating a few traditional art pieces which will be a great contrast to a predominantly traditional design.

Make your traditional home more practical

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A traditional design can be quite fascinating; however, it hasn’t always been the most practical option. So, if you want to make it work, we advise you to go for more modern lighting options, textiles and storage space. For example, LEDs have proven to be extremely energy-efficient and can save you hundreds of dollars per year. Furthermore, they don’t emit excessive heat, and can cast a natural light that will further highlight the beauty of your home’s interior design. Moreover, investing in a quality storage solution is a prerequisite for living in a nice and neatly-organised home. After all, no matter how sophisticated and elegant its style is, if you don’t keep it decluttered and clean, everything will be in vain. Therefore, remember to make good use of vertical space by installing enough shelves in each room where you can keep all the items that you need daily, as well as your beautiful antique accessories. Additionally, your bedroom is a place which can get messy extremely fast, so we suggest installing a few extra drawers beneath your bed, where you can store all the linens and your summer/winter clothes.

You can choose your favourite

Finally, when we talk about mixing two styles, we don’t mean that you have to follow the fifty-fifty rule. Instead, you can choose your favourite decor option and then add a supporting one to it. For example, you can decorate 80% of the house in your main style and then the other 20% will be enough to break the monotony and contribute to a super-chic and cohesive look. In other words, going predominantly modern and then introducing a few vintage elements here and there is absolutely an amazing solution.

As you can see, achieving a perfect mixture of different styles doesn’t have to be hard at all. You just need to follow your own ideas and decorate your home so that you will feel pleasant and relaxed while spending time here. Lastly, remember that you’re the one in control and should always strive to express your personality and show off your creative side as well.

Even though you might not be a metalhead, chances are you’ll become one – at least in terms of design – once you see what we have in store for you. Various metals and metallic finishes have taken the worlds of fashion and interior design by storm, which comes as no surprise considering their aesthetics. More and more people around the world are choosing to implement more metallic decor in their home design and thus make a statement.

If you’re still not convinced, don’t stop reading. Soon, you’ll be introduced to the amazing world of metallic interior designs that will simply blow your mind. Let’s dive into it, shall we?

The golden ratio

Gold is one of the most cherished metals in human history. Therefore, it’s no wonder that it’s the most commonly used metal in today’s world of design. Contrary to popular belief, gold comes in various shades – from almost silvery white gold, over the typical yellow gold all the way to the most recent sweetheart, rose gold. This diversity is probably what makes it so popular. When incorporating gold in your home decor, you can choose to stay subtle and only add a few golden decor pieces here and there. However, keep in mind that “subtle” is usually a euphemism for “boring”. So, let your inner diva shine, and create a gold accent wall. You can either choose to literally paint the wall in one on the aforementioned golden shades and then contrast it with dark furniture, or you can paint the accent wall in a bold hue and hang a huge statement wall piece featuring all the shades – the choice is yours. No matter what you decide, remember that the point of a metal decor is anything but subtlety, so don’t shy away from going a bit overboard.

Copper, bronze and brass

Copper, bronze and brass are known for their warm shades and work best in bringing some warmth and creating a cozy feel in a room. These metals are the perfect choice if you want to turn your industrial interior into a steampunk oasis. To do so, you’ll need to “attune your ears to the grinding gears” and let your inner automaton fill your interior with various statement pieces made of copper, bronze and brass. To create a true steampunk haven don’t just leave your pipes exposed but create an elaborate pattern with them and paint them in one of the aforementioned shades. The true beauty of this design lies in mixing all of these metals with various shades of browns, maroons and other dark earthy tones. These bright metals will be in a perfect balance with dark elements, creating a truly unique, luxurious space.

Silver, iron and steel

On the other side of the metallic rainbow, we have silver, iron and steel. These metals are more appropriate choices if you wish to create a subdued minimalistic interior with a bold twist. They work perfectly when implemented in a monochromatic design. However, these metals tend to look a bit cold and create a somewhat a sterile environment, so be careful when implementing them into your decor, to avoid making your room feel unwelcoming and cold.

See? We told you it’s going to be unusual and fun. Just remember, choosing to implement various metals in your home decor is not for the faint of heart. With it, you’ll be making a real statement and expressing your personality to the fullest. If you are an unyielding spirit, embellishing your personal surroundings with a similar material is probably the only logical way to go.

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 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, according to Antonia from EscapeWaste.com. 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.

We all need some time off to relax from our modern, busy lifestyles and just focus on ourselves instead of thinking about all the things we need to do that day. Unfortunately, if you happen to live in one of the many concrete jungles, it can become quite difficult to find a place that lets you truly let go off all your worries and that doesn’t require a full tank of gas in order to reach it. So, why not bring such a place to you? Transforming your own home into an oasis of peace and tranquillity means that you’ll only need to walk through your front door in order to feel much better. Therefore, if you’d like to achieve tranquillity in your home, here are four ways in which you could do that.

Clean it up

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Now, this doesn’t mean it should be as clean as a hospital but if you want to create a calming environment, there shouldn’t be any dirty clothes on the floor or unpleasant smells distracting you from enjoying your time at home. Also, it’s normal to add new and interesting things to your home, especially if it’s a new home and you’re still settling in, but you need to be careful not to create clutter. Clutter can only make you anxious, so try to embrace minimalism and keep around only those things that you truly do need. On the other hand, if minimalism isn’t exactly your style, then simply try to keep your home clutter-free by giving away everything you no longer use or need and keeping everything you do stored in its place away from sight.

Keep it fresh

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You can’t relax in a home that is stuffy or just smells weird, so keep your air quality in check. Make sure your windows and blinds are easy to handle, and let in as much fresh air as you can during the day – if the weather allows it, of course. Also, keep your AC units clean and dust-free so they don’t blow dust and dirt into your home. Moreover, you can also buy a quality mold air purifier that will keep your home mould-free and your household air clean. Finally, don’t underestimate the importance of plants in your home – besides improving the air quality, they can also make your home look more comfortable, peaceful, and visually appealing.

Embrace earthy colours

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Natural colours have a soothing effect on people, so paint your living room in softer tones, such as beige, white, or grey with accents in darker shades. Spice it up with textures and patterns to add a bit of personality to it, and use art to create a focal point that will make your room look both stylish and organised. That being said, if you have a favourite colour, don’t be afraid to focus on it regardless of which colour it is – there are amazing purple, dark blue, and even black living rooms that are just as calming as the naturally coloured ones. So, choose a colour that makes you feel good, and decorate your home with it.

Add some softness

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Although parquet, and similar wooden flooring, is always a safe choice because of its natural colour and low maintenance, it’s not exactly “comfortable”. If you can afford to dedicate some time to their maintenance, wool and fur carpets are a perfect choice for a soothing home. Just pay attention to their colour; try to match it to the rest of your room. Moreover, you can also add a couple of soft pillows and throws for the same reason – they can boost the visual appeal of your home, and they can add to the sense of peacefulness and comfort.
You don’t need to go far if you’re looking for a place where you can de-stress and relax after an exhausting day. All you need to do is decorate your home wisely – choose the colours that make you feel good, add some elements that are soft to the touch, introduce some greenery, and keep your home clutter-free. After these few touches, you will have your own personal resort where you will be able to relax whenever you want for as long as you want.

A long time ago I decided that I only wanted to sleep on the best. Bed sheets, pillow, mattresses – I finally bought into the idea that you spend a third of your life sleeping so you might as well do it in the best conditions possible. And then I found out there was a lot more to it than just making the decision. Just a quick read of a bed sheet guide will show you things are a bit more complicated than I assumed. But I got across it and managed to put together the best bedroom set up for me (and I started sleeping like and angel). But then I had a different problem. A first-world problem to be sure but a problem nonetheless. After shelling out so much for quality bed sheets, I didn’t really feel comfortable just getting rid of them when they started to wear through. So I got creative! Below are my tip 10 ways to re-use bed sheet when they’re no longer good for sleeping.

Picnic blankets

Why spend money on fancy picnic blankets when you basically have some already? Most bed sheets are perfect for the purpose, and all the better if they’re colourful or patterned. If the ground is a bit damp, all you need to do is fold the sheet over once or twice. Your family outing or romantic lunch is sorted without any extra hassle.

Pets

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Speaking of dogs, old bed sheets make excellent pet blankets. Put an old sheet in your cat or dog’s basket or favourite place to lie in the house for extra comfort. Alternatively, you can fashion a super simple dog toy by cutting a sheet into strips and then braiding these. If you don’t have pets, consider donating your old bed sheets to your local animal shelter, as they tend to need all the supplies they can get.

Cleaning

Old sheets can easily be a greener, cheaper alternative to disposable cleaning products. Use them in the garage or garden for your messy hands and shoes, turn them into rags for cleaning the floor or other surfaces, or use them to pat down your dog after an especially muddy or wet walk.

Plant protection

If you’re worried that your plants won’t withstand the chill, help them out by covering them with an old bed sheet. It will trap some of the warmth from the ground and keep out a light frost. This works especially well if you place a fitted sheet over a raised flower bed.

Kids’ forts

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Who doesn’t like building a fort? You can use old bed sheets to build a fort for an excellent time even in bad weather. Or, if you’re feeling extra creative, have a look at this bed for guide on how to make a simple, no-sew teepee for the kids. Old bed sheets… or a grand fortress?

Movie screen

What’s a better way to watch a film than on a big screen? If you want to create your own cinema-sized screen, all you need to do is hang up a sheet. This way you don’t need to worry about not having any white walls, and you can even fashion an outdoor cinema. Don’t have a projector? You can find fairly cheap second-hand ones online, or rent or borrow one from places in your area.

Shopping bag

You’ll be surprised how easy it is to refashion pillowcases into tote bags. You’ll be helping the environment, and you’ll avoid accumulating drawers full of plastic bags in your home. You’ll also save the money you would spend to buy one. And as an added bonus, you might just have the most stylish shopping bag in the store.

Clothes

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If you like sewing or want to learn, making old bed sheets into new clothes is a great project for you. It’s especially wonderful for beginners because you won’t be wasting any expensive material. Consider starting with something simple, like a loose summer dress or some pyjama pants, depending on what kind of bedsheets you have.

Packing material

Whether you’re moving, travelling, or storing your belongings, bubble wrap and butcher’s paper are useful, but they’re very wasteful and can be expensive. Instead, ensure the safety of your fragile objects by wrapping them up in old bed sheets. Not only are they reusable and very versatile, but they’re completely free! You can fold or crumple them to prevent things from rattling around, use them to wrap scratch-prone objects, and so much more.

Decoration

There are many cool things you can fashion out of old sheets, including crib mobiles, curtains, fabric-covered clothes hangers, embroidered wall decorations, quilts, and anything else you can think of. Stay busy, get crafty, and add some colour to your home. If this sounds like a good idea but you’re not sure you could do it, consider going to sewing or quilting classes, or just delve into the unlimited resource that is the internet.

Article by Jade Emily