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Up until recently, in interior design, monochromatic designs, clear lines and minimalism used to reign supreme. However, the days of minimalistic Scandi design, crisp white color palette and monochromatic interiors seem to be over. 

It is now time for a new kid on the block – Kindercore. The ground principles of this interior design can be summed up in one sentence – where minimalism used to hold back, Kindercore goes all in. This emerging trendy movement embraces primary colors and is centered around creating interiors that are vibrant, carefree and almost childlike – hence the name. So, let’s see what some of the basic principles of this latest interior design trend are. 

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Simplicity

Although quite simple in its design, Kindercore should not be mistaken for anything minimalist. Even though the shapes commonly featured in this design are quite simple and almost Lego-like, this is not a juvenile interior design trend by any means. Instead, one of the main things this trend is trying to achieve is to create a beautifully-designed, carefree environment that promotes happiness and good vibes. Color blocking and brightly-colored geometrical shapes are the staples that make this design truly pop. 

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Colors

As mentioned earlier, the most commonly used colors in the Kindercore trend revolve mostly around primary colors. However, it is important to note that this doesn’t mean you should paint your entire house top-to-bottom in these hues. Instead, if you are looking to implement this trendy design into your home, it would be best to do so in areas that feature quite a neutral design. To add some Kindercore into your home, look for chubby furniture pieces in some of your favorite primary colors. Additionally, Pantone’s spring/summer color palette can also serve as a great inspiration. By investing in just a few statement pieces you will be able to lighten the mood in your interior.

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Statement Pieces

Kindercore furniture is quite unique in its design so it comes as a no surprise that people choose to implement it as a sort of a statement in their interiors. Rounded edges, bold colors and unique designs are the things that make these furniture pieces stand out so much. Any interior space can easily be completely transformed by implementing just a couple of well-picked accent pieces. So, look for a uniquely-shaped coffee table in Crayola red or opt for a low-back armchair that not only looks stunning but offers the right kind of support as well. 

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Chubby Furniture

You also might be wondering what exactly is chubby furniture. Well, it is safe to say that if there were a furniture spectrum, this type of furniture would be on the opposite side of the clean-lined mid-century furniture pieces. Curved lines and thick sides make this type of furniture just enough juvenile to fit into the adult living space, without coming off as too childlike. These pieces are also generally unbelievably comfortable, which not only makes them a cool aesthetic choice but also a practical one. 

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Why Kindercore?

In the end, you still might be wondering why Kindercore became so popular. The simple reason is that people just got somewhat tired of the spaces that looked too impersonal and stern and wanted to bring some color back into their lives. By creating an interior that totally follows the “Lego – but make it fashionable” vibe, you will be left with quite an inspiring interior that fosters good vibes, creativity, and cosines. If you take all of that into account, the popularity of this trend becomes quite obvious. 

There is something to be said about the fact that, once we reach a certain age, we tend to embrace once more the things that used to make us happy when we kids. These neotenic shapes and forms with their soft and inviting designs tend to drive quite a positive emotional response which makes them the perfect choice for our interiors. Wouldn’t it be nice to – at the end of a crazy day – come home to this childlike, inviting interior and allow it to instantly lift your spirits?

Casual, natural, laid-back, yet elegant, sophisticated, and refined – French Country design style strives to seamlessly blend old and new while still retaining a note of elegance. It is a style that celebrates natural elements, embraces the items from the past and puts them in harmony with modern pieces, with special emphasis being put on comfort and creating a warm, homely feel. With that being said, it is easy to see why many homeowners are totally smitten with French Country decor – it strikes the right balance between elegance and practicality, urban and rustic, old and new. If you’re one of the homeowners looking for a way to capture the beauty of French countryside houses, here, we are listing a couple of decor tips that you can use as a guide for introducing this popular design style into your interiors. Read on to get inspired!

A soft, muted colour palette for subtle elegance

If you take a look at interiors designed with this particular style in mind, you’ll notice that they all rely on a soft, muted colour palette in order to create the perfect backdrop for their antique furnishings and well-worn fabrics. Pastel colours such as warm cream, rose quartz, and baby blue perfectly captures the love for the countryside, and they all work to create a cozy and inviting atmosphere in the living space. Drawing inspiration from the natural landscape, French Country decor also makes use of earthy hues such as sage green and summer yellow as a way to breathe life into the interiors while keeping them looking elegant and refined.

 

Detailed patterns for an effortlessly layered look

Since the neutral colour scheme this decorating style often employs needs to be broken up somehow, rich fabrics and textures are incorporated into the home decor as a way of adding visual weight and enhancing the visual interest of the living space. Achieve an effortlessly layered look by adding detailed components and pieces with different textures. French Country decor wouldn’t be the same without its traditional, signature toile, so consider introducing this quintessential print on your headboard, bed linen, or your curtains. Mix it up with printed wallpapers and throw pillows with stripes and a gingham pattern just to add that extra something and achieve the perfect French Country look.

 

Natural elements for a touch of rustic charm

When it comes to decorating in French Country style, natural elements are something you should definitely implement into your interiors. Polished wood floors and detailed woodwork are essential components of this decorating style as they perfectly capture its essence, and that is – the humble comfort and homely atmosphere. Wooden chairs with a gingham print on them would certainly add a touch of rustic charm in your dining area, while country-style barn doors made from natural timber will add character to your living space and create a warm, welcoming vibe. A natural stone wall can be used to add a countryside feel to your interiors, while a coffee table with patina would certainly add to the rustic look of your living space.

Antique decor elements for a refined rustic style

Designing a space that is influenced by this decorating style means implementing items that have a story to tell. Antique items play a vital role in decorating in French Country style, and blending them with contemporary elements is key to adding the vibe of this design style into your interiors without going over the top. Sometimes, you won’t even have to spend much money on getting antique decor elements from expensive stores. Flea market finds and pieces from thrift shops can be quite helpful in achieving the rustic vibe in your living space, and won’t set you back a lot. Hang antique frames on your walls to enrich your vertical spaces and add gilded candlesticks and bird cages to create the perfect mix of old and new.

Vintage furnishings for bringing in French country flavor

This decorating style heavily relies on the use of vintage furnishings as a way of embracing and celebrating imperfections that come with age. One way of bringing in French country flavor into your interiors through furnishings is to include pieces that add to the rustic grace of the interiors while still retaining their small imperfections. A vintage, distressed armoire will go a long way in transforming your living space while still serving a purpose. Use this vintage furniture piece to store all your clothing in your bedroom, or introduce one into your kitchen as a storage solution for keeping your kitchenware on display. Include a big, vintage dining table in your dining room and add a couple of antique chairs to complement the whole rustic, old-world look.

Now that you’re familiar with the basics of French Country decor and all the different ways you can incorporate it into your interiors, attaining this design style shouldn’t be a difficult thing to do. Use these tips as a guide for making this decorating style a part of your home and you’ll be well on your way of turning your home in to a dwelling that possesses the charm and grace of a French countryside cottage.

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

Go green

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

Cork

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

Concrete


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

Wood

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

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

Home interior and personal environment play a huge role when it comes to your well-being, mood and general fulfillment. In that respect, designing and decorating your home the way you personally find appealing is essential for leading a healthy lifestyle. So, if you’re on the lookout for current trends and inspirational ideas when interior design is concerned, check out the top 2018 ones.

1. Colors and metallic finishes

If you’re ready to transform your home from the beginning, it’s important that you choose a color palette before proceeding with any other work. This will allow you to narrow down your choices and help you focus on your ideal environment better. Generally, trends for 2018 still feature neutral colors such as pastels, whites and grays. However, this year the possibilities are definitely bigger. Green and brown have become very popular as well, and really bold colors (bold, not bright!) that are fairly muted can make the home look absolutely stunning. With this kind of color palette, various metallic finishes as well as stone and marble are also at the top of the popularity list. Mix and match them the way you personally find the best. You’ll definitely create a unique interior and still maintain a trendy personal space.

2. Aspirational design

Creating an aspirational space only means that you’re making something special and original for yourself. Essentially, this particular trend allows people to move away from anything usual and ordinary in order to boost their own home’s functionality. Obviously, this is a different aspect for everyone. So, you basically don’t have to follow any of the traditional rules – if you feel like your bathtub would look the best and be most practical as a part of your open floor design, go for it! As mentioned, it’s all about ditching the interior design magazines in order to focus on your own preferences and needs when it comes to the design and décor, but layout as well.

3. Statement details

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Playing with statement pieces and details for your home interior will be a lot of fun in 2018, especially considering that the minimalist movement is still very strong (and it should be) but the need to add a personal touch to your environment is equally strong as well. In that respect, making the most of the space you already have without necessarily cluttering it with stuff is key to great minimal-personal combo. For instance, functional and sleek furniture these days usually have some interesting patterns and designs to boost the look. You also have the freedom to DIY some of your furniture pieces to make them stand out more. Obviously, playing with paint, wallpaper and tile is always a good option. This year, a statement ceiling is especially popular. There’s also the beauty of textures that effectively add warmth to your home as well as personality. So, don’t ignore the change rugs, curtains, throws and cushions can make in your home.

4. Wall art

Wall art has always been an important part of home interior. And this trend wasn’t ever unpopular. It’s just that this year brings a whole new aspect of using wall art in one’s home. Essentially, if you like this particular look, the point is to create your own personal galleries and cover your entire walls with art pieces you like. You can even choose your favorite photos, thus making a personal museum of sorts. While the rest of your home may still be on the minimal side, and you don’t want too many things lying around, when wall art is concerned it’s either go big, or go home. And, since you’re already home, you may as well unleash all your creative freedom onto your walls.

5. Interesting plants

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You’re probably already aware of the numerous health benefits that indoor plants have on you. In recent years, plants were a must-have addition to any home interior, but due to the rising popularity of Scandi style, the accent was on tall and sleek plants, that usually have one unformed vibrant color. However, even though the minimal approach to design is still big, the need to add more personality, as mentioned, has become somewhat of a priority for the majority of people. And one of the best ways to do this is to enrich your home with plants that have colorful, patterned and rich foliage.

What trends are you looking forward to and plan to incorporate into your own home? Is there something truly unusual and creative that you’re especially proud of and want to share with others? In the end, it’s all about expressing yourself without losing the needed functionality of personal environment, so don’t get pressured into a magazine-perfect interior design if that’s not something that clicks with you.

With yet another long year behind us, we are softly welcoming 2016 into our hearts and most importantly – into our homes. Forget about sterile and blank surroundings and minimalist trends, 2016 is stepping up the game and bringing you luxury, grandeur and bliss in the design industry. So let us take a sneak peek in what the interior design industry has installed for us this Spring:

Rose Quartz and Serenity

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Is it a boy or a girl? Is it pink or is it blue? How about we blend the two? The color of the year, as it was declared by Pantone, rose quartz and serenity represent the ultimate blend of two gentle tones: soft, gentle and feminine rose and the soothing shade of mesmerizing blue. The never-ending battle between two contrasting colors has finally found its balance by combining them into one glorious entirety. The brilliant spring mix of the two will bring your home the tranquility it deserves and transform it into a perfect relaxing sanctuary.

Design Detox

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Seems like 2015 was too hectic for some, as this year we are solely focused on bringing some peace and quiet into our living spaces. Moving away from the cold and distant shades of the previous design trends, we are carefully approaching the safe place enriched by warm stone hues, designed to put our minds to ease and help us achieve that Zen state of mind we are all so desperately trying to get to. The design detox, as they like to call it is simply a way to create a calm surrounding away from all the noise and racket from the outside world.

Rough Luxe

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With all the talking about serene surroundings it became clear that a rough twist was in order. In an environment which is designed to put you into your comfort zone and dive you in a world of gentle tones and soft breeze, there should always be a place to add some texture and roughness. This is accomplished quite easily without a lot of hassle, as Jon Sherman, the founder and creative director of the wallpaper company called Flavor Paper, claims that the biggest trend of the following year will be papers that mimic industrial finishes. Details like painted bricks or salvaged wood are quite a breath of fresh air, or should we say rough air in a tranquil sanctuary of gentle hues.

Customized Interior

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It looks like not all design trends of 2015 have been completely forgotten, as the idea of customized furniture, which had its peak in the previous year, has found a way to continue its marvelous work in 2016 as well. The customization tools found on several leading interior design websites allow you to modify the furniture according to your own personal preferences allowing you to add a unique touch to your living space. By choosing your favorite colors and fabrics you are bound to create some extraordinary designs on your own. The latest innovations are algorithms that allow you to even choose the shape and form of your desired furniture pieces.

70s-Inspired

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Let us take a stroll down the memory lane and welcome 70s once again into our lifestyles. If you thought that you have seen the last of those bold geometrical patterns, polished metals and rough designs, you have never been so wrong. The era of bright colors, funky embellishments and natural raw materials is a true blast to the past and is here to stay so you better take the most out of it.

If you take a step back and reminisce on the past year you will notice how contemporary and modern design had overruled over our homes. This year has prepared an entirely different set of trends that you will simply have to adore.

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