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With the hot shiny summer just around the corner our homes will be filled with light and warmth. In order to let your home shine bright and exude welcoming cheerful atmosphere you have to make sure it is properly decorated. And the walls are just the right place for making a difference. Do not let your wall stand bare and dull, fill it with various forms of art and bring back vividness into your home.

Washi Tape Art

Playing with washi tape is always fun and it makes one easy DIY project. Just get a few roles of your favorite colors and patterns of washi tape and do miracles on your walls. Choose the wall you want to bring back to life and make your own cute polka dots on it. You can also use this tape to write some quotes or inspirational words to keep you going each day, or just play with shapes and colors and create perfect decoration for the boring white wall.

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Washi tape tutorials by Designrulz

Framed Scarf

Who says you can only frame art and photos? Just like any girl, you probably have lots of colorful scarves that you do not even wear. So why not give them purpose and turn them into art? Choose a scarf or two you desire, cut them in half and make a few smaller framed pieces for your hallway’s wall decoration. However, if you think you will regret cutting them, just fold them into the shapes and sizes you desire and put inside a frame. These colorful fabrics can easily change the atmosphere in your home and make a great contrast to pale empty walls.

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Framed scarfs by Apartment Therapy 

Print the Art

Printed wall art is one of the easiest ways to decorate your home. Additionally, it offers you the opportunity to choose from a vast variety of patterns, images, shapes and colors. To add a touch of elegance and style into your living room you can have some wall art prints featuring modern or abstract art; for more relaxing atmosphere have images of your favorite beaches and relaxing places printed. The team at Smooth Decorator bumped into an amazing Australian firm (with affordable art, mind you) called Wall Art Prints. Here’s a sneak peek of their lovely beach art:

Beach art by Wall Art Prints

Sunrise over Cancun beach, Just a step away, & Beach glow by Wall Art Prints

Clipboard Wall Art

Even the most ordinary and seemingly boring item in your home – a clipboard – can pose as an innovative piece of decoration. Take as many clipboards as you want and simply hang them on the wall. Take a few colorful pieces of papers and print out different letters on them. Attach the papers to the clipboards and have fun spelling out some inspirational words, or just let them be an interesting decoration above the desk.

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Clipboard wall by White House Black Shutters

Fabric Panels

Creating your own fabric panels is probably the fastest way of giving your home a makeover. Find some patterned fabrics that you like and cover empty canvas with them. Have different sizes and shapes of the canvases and look for colors that will only make your home more inviting. Let the floral patterns and geometrical shapes on soft fabrics make your every day filled with happiness and warmth.

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Fabric wall art by DIY Fun Ideas

Living Wall Art

Each home needs a touch of nature in order to be complete and fresh. It may seem impossible to decorate your walls with plants, but there actually is a solution – air plants. These refreshing little fellows are easy to fit anywhere and they just look cute. Take a few smaller wooden boards and put a few nails in it in various shapes. Use colorful strings to create a small network on the board and connect the nails, but make sure to leave enough space for the cute plants.

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Air plants by Apartment Therapy (ETSY roundup)

Never leave your wall dull and empty. As you can see there are numbers of creative ways of decorating them. Choose your favorite and bring your interior back to life.

Although vintage is getting more and more popular by the hour, some people are not that fond of introducing it in their homes. Their main argumentation is that they don’t want for their home to look like it is trapped in time. This doesn’t mean that they dislike the antique look in general. From time to time, you are bound to encounter an antique piece of furniture. At that moment, you will think it’s just perfect and when this happens you will need to know how to combine it with the rest of your home. Because of that, here are some tips and tricks on how to decorate with antiques.

Identifying Antiques

First thing you will need to know is a true antique. As we already mentioned, vintage as a style is extremely popular which means that antique looking furniture is everywhere. However, you are not interested in antique-looking but antique.

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What you need here is usually a closer inspection and the texture of the wood cannot lie. First of all, the traces of aging should be all over the surface (even if they are covered up). Furthermore, these replicas are usually not handmade. On a true antique, you will be able to recognize a work of a true carpenter by the asymmetrical carving marks. Finally, the quality and diversity of wood you can find in true antiques will always be greater than that of even the best replica.

Epoch Is Not the Only Theme

One of the most important rules that you need to remember is that when it comes to decorating with antiques age is not the only theme out there. Even if you don’t sort your furniture pieces by the epoch they belong, this doesn’t mean that they must look out of place. You can also group these items by the same color, lookalike ornaments or some other physical similarity. A white vintage lamp is always going to look good, next to your contemporary blue sofa. Even though they are made almost half century apart.

Old and New Combo

A modern living room with vintage elements

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Next thing you can do is try and find a way not only for your old and new items to live together but to achieve a symbiosis. For example, there is no reason whatsoever why your brand new LCD TV wouldn’t look good on your antique stand.  The same is pretty much applicable to any other piece of technology as well. In fact, you can take this even one step further and get your home a decorative piece of vintage technology . This way, by pairing them up with the tech you currently use, you can reach a strong yet unique visual impression.

Room by Room

Although some people are in love with vintage, they simply hate the idea of their home looking like a museum. There is really no need for you to transform your entire house. You can make this transformation happen in a single room. The choice here is great since there are some great inspirations for both vintage kitchens and. This way, you can still enjoy all the benefits of having a contemporary home. Of course, with the addition of installing antique nightstand, vanity and shower-head in your bathroom. Some would call this getting the best of both worlds.

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As you can see, decorating with antiques is not that difficult and it gives you a plethora of options you can decide to go with. Furthermore, seeing how there are no strict rules here but only guidelines (after all, it is interior design we are talking about) you will have a no small amount of customization in front of you. Because of all this, decorating with antiques can be both aesthetically rewarding and fun at the same time.

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Combining old and new in your décor might seem like an easy task, but, you will have to look into many a thing to be able to create an eclectic groove. Remember that eclectic design is all about creating harmony amidst chaos, which means that you have to plan every little detail to get the best results.

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There are not a lot of interior designs which can include old-fashioned elements and make it look good. You will have to ensure that all your décor pieces have the perfect position, otherwise they will look out of place, and time. Combining the vintage look will take some careful planning, to be able to fit it into a modern overall design. Nevertheless, with an eclectic approach you can make it work, and in fact it will give your home a rustic and warm charm.

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Use Recycled Materials

One of the good things about mixing old thing in your home is that you can freely reuse recycled and reclaimed wood furniture pieces. Not only will it give your home a unique look, but you will be able to save some money while equipping your interior design. Be sure to stick to one overall design not to overburden your interior look and to make it possible for better design. On the other hand, you will be able to combine old furniture as well, which you might have lying around.

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Mind Your Color Choices

Creating a flow of colors which go from one into another will also create a feeling that your home is connected in more than just one way. However, the modern design is about soft and toned-down colors which do not attract too much attention. Try to keep your decorative items within the same color scheme as well because if they pop out too much, it could ruin the design you were working on.

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Go Wild With Lights

The lighting used in your home should be placed so that you get enough light to be able to see, without having to include additional lamps later on. You can install beautiful modern lighting to go with any room and which will fit perfectly into your eclectic design. Furthermore, it could become a focal point as its unique shape and look could bring the whole room together. Bear in mind to stick with eco-friendly solutions, as it will use less energy overall, and you will be able to save some money on the energy bill in the future.

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Bringing the Living Room Together

A living room will be a large open space with many challenges to overcome if you want to achieve good design. Instead of thinking up a completely new look, try to find inspiration in existing incredible eclectic looks. It will be a good starting point, and you can make sure to add your own charm into the mix, to make sure that you end up with an amazing look in the end. However, try to avoid adding in too many elements as you will only create chaos where you want to achieve a harmonious design.

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Try to avoid mixing together elements which clearly do not go together as it will only end up with a disaster and your home will seem like someone rampaged through. Your aim is to create a sense of coherence and serenity. Your décor design in the end should be able to relax you and to get your mind of the everyday struggles. Nevertheless, a few daring pieces will be able to enhance your eclectic design even more.