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Home staging is the art and science of preparing a home so that it looks as attractive as possible to prospective buyers. Interior design has a huge and often unexpected impact on how desirable a property is to a viewer. Ultimately, the goal is to have a prospective buyer walk into the house and immediately want to own it.

Staging a home can have a dramatic difference on its entire character. Home staging isn’t just about cleaning and removing clutter, it’s about creating an entire feel and ambiance that makes someone who walks through each room think “This house looks and feels great! I’d love to live here!” A staged home looks not only more attractive but also more spacious, more vibrant and more alive.

Staging a Home Yourself

You don’t need to spend a lot of money hiring a professional home stager who will charge between $500 and $5,000, depending on the size of your home and other factors. If you have a good eye for interior design, you can save yourself money by staging your own home and you may find it to be a fun and rewarding way to see your living space transformed before your eyes.

With a little inspiration and creativity, you can stage any house yourself to make it a true work of art. In spite of the benefits of home staging, many home sellers are reluctant to change the interior of their house to make it more desirable to buyers, and this gives anyone who does decide to stage their house a huge advantage over other sellers.

You can effectively stage a home no matter its size or what style of furniture and home accessories it currently has. The key to creating beautiful interior spaces is to arrange the large items of furniture is such a way so they are effortless to look at (i.e. everything looks completely natural in its place) and then to arrange small items and accessories around the furniture to create the desired effect. One of the best ways to get ideas is to look online for photos and design blogs and then make some notes on what you think you could apply to your home. There are too many good websites to name here but even just a Google image search can give you plenty of ideas.

Using Small Details to Transform a Home

Naturally, there’s no point in spending a lot of money staging a house just to sell it. Home staging is about making high-impact but low-cost changes to the small details in each room. For example, changing sofa cushions and adding an attractive table lamp and two accent chairs next to a side table can completely change the character and feel of a living room. In a bedroom, changing the bed covers to a subtle shade such as vanilla or teal and adding matching side tables can make a huge difference to how the room feels. A table runner and candles can add elegance and sophistication to even the humblest of dining rooms. It’s these details that can truly transform a house. None of these changes are hugely expensive and can be the difference between a property selling in 6 weeks and 6 months.

Very often, you can make more out of less. Small details such as changing old curtains for some luxuriant satin designs, adding patterned rugs or even some fresh flowers to a table can make a huge difference. You may find you don’t need to purchase many additional items at all. By just rethinking the way your home is currently arranged you can come up with many new ideas.

It’s also worth bearing in mind that home buyers are more likely to buy a property that has been staged than one that’s empty. Most buyers like to see houses that are loved and well cared for. Vacant houses can feel lifeless and cold, despite appearing larger by being empty.

Home Staging Doesn’t Hide Problems

Unfortunately, many homeowners are under the impression that staging will effectively hide problems a property has (especially older neglected properties). Trying to make buyers unaware that problems exist usually backfires. Buyers may be unaware of problems for a short while, but a property inspection will make that short-lived.

If a building has structural problems or even serious health hazards such as lead pipes or asbestos ceiling tiles, staging is not going to be a solution to those problems. Homeowners may even need to get rid of any pests or bugs that may have infested the home by hiring a professional pest control company. Once any major issues with the property have been resolved and cleaning has been completed, you can get to work on staging rooms to bring out the best in each. Staging a house is only going to effectively speed up its sale when any serious issues have been resolved first.

When in Doubt, Go for Simplicity

Simplicity and minimalism are always attractive qualities, and this is even truer if you are working with limited space. A cluttered room is hardly ever attractive, and the more items in a room, the less attractive it appears to someone who’s never seen it before. If you have small rooms to decorate, less is definitely more. Simple, neutral colors and designs are usually the most effective. This doesn’t mean that you have to decorate every room with dull gray; light shades and subtle patterns can often speak louder than bold colors and strong designs.

Vibrant color can be used in moderation to bring some spice and uniqueness to rooms. Bright curtains and rugs can be used to make drab rooms come to life, but just make sure any strong colors you use don’t contrast. The last thing you want is room to look like an explosion in a Sherwin-Williams warehouse! Simplicity can be harder to achieve in interior design, but it almost always makes a room look more attractive.

All in all, you can stage just about any home beautifully without spending much money at all. The old saying “creativity over capital” is as applicable to interior design as much as anything else. By making some simple changes to how furniture is arranged, replacing some accessories and adding some new details, any room can be given a powerful “wow factor”. You only have one chance to make a good first impression, and that first impression can often be the most important.

 

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Being one of the most popular home decorating/reality/celebrity style shows out there, MTV Cribs has done something no other TV format has ever been able to do – it showed us that celebrities are just as messy and bad at decorating as we are! This show was meant to be an insight into the private lives to today’s most popular actors, actresses, musicians, athletes, dancers and everyone else who’s got their 15 minutes of fame, but became so much more. Conceived as a sort of a bridge between celebrities and fans, its creators never counted on the cultural impact it had on the perception of famous people and their taste. The way someone decorates their home shows you what kind of a person they are, and MTV Cribs portrays this excellently. And if you’re decorating your home, this is a great way to see what to do and, more importantly, what not to do, so here are some of the things this show can teach you about interior design.

Big houses are OK

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It’s clear why most people don’t like big houses: they’re hard to maintain, easy to get lost in and challenging to decorate – not to mention extremely expensive. Due to that, big houses were always a decorator’s worst nightmare and something many realtors recommend avoiding. But, MTV Cribs shattered this myth and showed us big houses can be just as comfortable and cozy as smaller ones. As long as you have a good interior decorator that could turn your huge rooms into comfy spaces, you’re good to go. Luckily for all those celebrities featured on the show, they were all able to afford such help – although not all of them managed to achieve coziness, of course – and showed us that big houses are quite all right after all.

Bold color choices

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Unlike most people who prefer simple color choices for their walls, celebrities prefer something flashier, bolder and more colorful. That’s why their homes are always painted in colors that make you dizzy or disoriented. These unusual and interesting shades such as pelt, tangerine, pink or Amazon moss aren’t something your Average Joe would choose for their rooms, but celebrities don’t have a problem with colors with names that are hard to spell. Finally, color combinations their interior designers choose can be transferred into your home as well, so pay attention to this when watching the show.

Comfy furniture

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Celebrities like living cozily and that’s why they always buy the most comfortable furniture available. And if you’re in the process of decorating your own home, this is exactly what you need. Comfy sofas, chairs and beds never go out of style and seeing something on MTV Cribs could easily inspire you to do the same. Additionally, check the arrangement of the furniture and you’ll be able to decorate your own living room in no time.

Kitsch

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This is the best word to describe some celebrities’ homes that are outrageously tasteless. When you take a look at the most famous episodes of this show, you’ll see how many celebrities have zero taste when it comes to home decorating – from their dozens of bedrooms they never use to the oversized indoor pools and exercising facilities that will forever remain intact. Not to mention their shiny decorations, golden furniture and valuable paintings they know nothing about. As soon as you see this, you’ll realize why you need to avoid it at all costs.

Overstuffed rooms

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The decorating philosophy of most celebrities can be explained in four words – the more the better. Being able to afford it, they have a tendency to overstuff their rooms and don’t worry about maneuvering space at all. Their living rooms are packed with too much furniture, their bedrooms stuffed with oversized beds and their bathrooms full of unnecessary decorations. The lesson here is simple – a decluttered home is a happy home and something you should strive for.

Other ideas

Some of the other negative interior decorating ideas shown on MTV Cribs include huge garages, poor color combinations, as well as inadequate use of space – just remember Mariah Carey’s huge walk-in closet or 50 Cent’s entertainment room/nightclub. These are all the elements you should avoid when decorating your home, but definitely take some of the aforementioned positive ideas into consideration.

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If you were following interior design trends, you’ve definitely noticed the rising popularity of Japandi. This mix of Japanese and Scandinavian décor manages to tone down the extreme characteristics of both of these styles. By combining a minimalist, sleek and nature-fused theme with bold statement pieces, Japandi quickly managed to earn the title of a timeless trend. As it breaks the strict rules of the cold Nordic design and Zen-inspired environment, Japandi presents the best of both worlds. That’s why Japandi is so easy to introduce in any home.

1. Color palette

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Between the bright and exaggeratedly cold color scheme of Scandinavian style, and warm wood from the Japanese, Japandi makes a perfect common ground when it comes to color palette. In general, cooler pastel shades of pink, gray and green are warmed up with earthy details and wooden elements. You can mix these up however you want, just make sure that you can achieve the perfect balance between the two very different – yet complementary – color ranges. Pops of color can be introduced here and there as long as they don’t break the harmony and the minimalistic approach to the design.

2. Bold simplicity

Three words that could best describe this design are simple, functional and impactful. There’s no room for clutter in the Japandi home. Every object needs to have its place and purpose. Still, what makes Japandi so popular is probably the fact that furniture pieces themselves act as bold, statement accessories.

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Using raw forms in furniture design with very sharp and sleek lines minimizes the need of other décor details. Mixing and matching industrial-like pieces with rich timber or bamboo creates a very unique take on a modern and timeless décor.

3. Introducing accessories

Japandi style should look very clean, but warm and pleasant at the same time. These two features seem pretty contradictory, but they’re far from impossible to achieve. Even though you should keep accessories to the minimum, this doesn’t mean that you should completely avoid them. Curtains, rugs and decorative cushions can effectively break the overwhelming coldness of Scandinavian influence. Still, make sure to have plenty of natural sunlight as this is the main characteristic of both styles.

4. Plenty of greenery

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While you can use photo frames, paintings and figurines as additional touches to your overall décor, Japandi relies on the use of plants the most. Instead of using flowers and really colorful foliage for your interior, stick to the Zen theme. Bold simplicity is evident in this aspect as well. Opt for tall plants with sleek and elegant leaves that would draw attention with their strong presence and simple form. Of course, make sure that plant pots go well with your overall theme.
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5. Best ways to mix and match

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There are many ways you can mix and match the Scandinavian and Japanese décor in order to achieve the balanced Japandi look. Colors, materials as well as furniture’s height and form are ideal starting points. For example, you can use cooler pastel shades for your walls, yet install wooden flooring. Feel free to mix statement wooden coffee tables with urban chairs and sofas. Introduce earthy elements with accessories such as curtains and cushions. Keep the rug warm yet minimalist by choosing a fuzzy material in plain color. You can also experiment with asymmetrical height of furniture pieces in order to break the monotony of the layout.

As it leaves room for more warmth without disturbing the minimalist design, the fact that Japandi interior movement took the world by storm  hardly comes as a surprise. Even though it still has its décor rules and guidelines, this design leaves more room for customization compared to the very specific Scandinavian and Japanese design trends.

This article is contribution by Keith Gregory. Keith is an amateur design and decorating aficionado — he blogs about interior design, home improvement, and real estate matters at DeveloperCube.com

We all love Scandinavian design for its simplicity – clean, neat lines, no clutter. If you scroll through images of Scandinavian décor, you’ll come away with a sense of calm. Then reality sets in and you remember that you don’t live in a clutter-free, Nordic den with perfect lighting. Instead of firing your friends and family and hiring a design set manager for your living room, learn the art of functional decorating. Your most commonly used belongings can become your décor and you’ll find it easier to keep clutter from taking over!

Living Room

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You can always use Scandinavian furniture brands as a true inspiration when it comes to living room options to fit your Nordic styling. For example, by choosing a sectional instead of recliners and chairs, you can get the most out of the space in your living room. You’ll get plenty of seating without the extra visual clutter.

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Most ottomans that pair with sectionals have additional storage hidden inside. This creates the perfect storage for the belongings, such as blankets and toys that you want nearby but without the clutter. For example, a modern stressless oval ottoman that converts from a storage unit and footrest to a coffee table can prove to be a great investment, since it can alternate between providing an extra storage, extra seating, and serving as a coffee table.

Home Office

The home office doesn’t need to be cluttered with additional decorative pieces. Keep the things you use most often in plain sight and easy-to-reach. If you spend a lot of time in your home office, an ergonomically designed office chair is essential.

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Don’t have an extra room for an office? Designate space in your living room to become the central processing zone in your home. Sound a little dry? It doesn’t have to be. Choose a wall where you can place a small table and put up a few wall organizers and a bulletin board. Having an organization system in place will be pleasing to the eye and keep paperwork from traveling all over your home.

The Bedroom

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If you love Nordic design, you’re probably the type of person who needs cleanliness and simplicity to relax. The key to keeping your bedroom in optimal condition is having proper storage. What clutters your room? Extra blankets? Clothes? Shoes? All the things you drop when you come home at the end of the day? Select furnishings that provide extra storage for the things that clutter up your room or simply change up your organization system and habits. Keeping things minimalistic and fuss-free are some of the key points when it comes to Nordic trends.

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An ottoman at the foot of the bed is a beautiful embellishment as well as a storage zone. Store extra blankets, shoes, or seasonal clothes where you can reach them as needed. If you don’t have under bed storage drawers, you can always repurpose some of your old suitcases and even decorative boxes.

You can easily find tons of inspiration from looking to our friends in the Scandinavia — steal their simple, minimalist yet elegant styling when you’re looking for a new design or look for your home or apartment.

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A star on the rise in the world of interior design, Caleb Anderson, started expressing his affinity towards all things beautiful and mysterious even as a young Texan boy. Flowers were the first thing his artistic child’s hands obsessed about. Also, some of the first signs that his career in adult life is going to be something special and unique arose from his early devotion to spend his allowance on shelter magazines and accessories for his room, instead on toys and gadgets that most other boys spent their money on. It seems that Caleb was blessed with clear understanding of what he was meant to do in this life as soon as he was able to talk.

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First steps to success

As he grew up, he became a student of interior design at Texas State and a refined young man whose soft and gentle appearance left a lot to be imagined compared to his wild and extraordinary designs. Not a lot of time has passed until his talent was spotted by the designer Jamie Drake. Caleb got the internship with Drake in New York which eventually turned into a full-time job and great cooperation. At the end of 2015, they announced the opening of their new firm, called Drake + Anderson.

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Anderson’s peculiar style

One might have trouble putting into words the expression and style Caleb provides in his designs. Sophistication and elegance are a clear part of his work but that is not nearly the end of description. Anderson loves to add a mix of antique in the modern elements of today’s world. Even though he enjoys vivid colors he tends to combine different textures instead of patterns. Also, his incredible eye for detail allows him to incorporate pieces of furniture that would look completely misplaced at the first glance. But he uses this as an interesting twist and a dose of originality that perfectly melts in with all other pieces. Together with Drake, he is set on adding some more avant-garde details to the future work while keeping the unbreakable flow and harmony of the entire room.

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Ability to listen and create

Anderson’s great success is definitely not some kind of fluke since he has years of experience both as a designer and architect to show off his skills perfectly and catch the essence of people’s hearts thus providing them with exactly what they want even when they themselves are not quite sure what that is. This is one of the most valuable characteristics when it comes to hiring people for this kind of job. For example, he managed to persuade conservative clients to add sculptural Oggetti coffee table in the living room of their beach house and even though they were unsure at first, now they love this piece the most.

One can expect a lot from this inspiring young man, especially with joint work and guidance of Jamie Drake. Together, they are bound to make some beautiful and unique interiors in their perfectly uniformed matchless style.

World-renowned decorator, Eddie Ross, did not start his career as an interior designer. In fact, he is a graduate from the Culinary Institute of America and a former food editor, and he discovered his love and talent as a design director on a culinary TV shows. As strange as it seems, his passions merged perfectly: food and decorating, and he had gigs for Calico Corners, Ralph Lauren, and Bloomingdales (just to name a few). As if that is not enough, he also published a book where he reveals some of his time-saving tips and real-life shortcuts for decorating.

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He is open and friendly

Eddie Ross is not your typical celebrity who will hide from the eyes of public and keeps his professional secrets. He talks openly about what inspires him, what he sees as passing trends, and what he couldn’t live without (it’s vintage mahogany pharmaceutical cabinet he inherited from his grandfather). He is active on Instagram and loves browsing vintage magazines and visiting flea markets when he feels like he needs more inspiration. He also admits his mistakes: one time he painted his apartment which was going to be in a magazine, but when he got up in the morning the colour was terrible. Instead of despairing, he changed the art and the furniture a bit and just went with the flow.

He loves flea markets

One of the things that make him so interesting to the wide public is his open love of flea markets and thrift shops. Decorating a room is not something you do once and never again: the room design should be changed often, and that is not something you can afford if you only buy high-end furniture and pieces. By choosing to buy things which are not expensive, you can move them around and replace them without feeling guilty. Having expensive lamps and couch may be eye-catching, but if you add colourful cushions with bold prints (think leopard, you can find a cheap material quite easily) you will get a wonderfully bright combination everyone will notice.

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He improvises a lot

He is very honest about who he is, and that is one of the things that got him out of the Top Design show. He is traditionalist in some ways, but loves experimenting and improvising in others – He had a blue-ivory-and-gold Christmas instead of traditional red-and-green one and people loved it. He also said you shouldn’t get a Christmas tree that is so big that you have to rearrange the furniture completely so it would fit in the living room.

Being innovative and creative as he is, Eddie says that he loves constant changes and new discoveries. It is his advice to always improvise and channel your creativity so you can find as many solutions for a decorating ‘problem’ as you can. Always try to give new life to old things and you will love how different a room can look with tiniest changes.

Human mind is complicated. Even though we debunked the myth of us using only 10 percent of our brains, we are still not aware of every single little thing that affects them. For example, even though we know that objects in our surrounding affect us, we are still unsure about the cause or the nature of this connection. One thing, however, can be said with certain dose of certainty, interior design truly affects your wellbeing. Here are few examples.

Psychology of Colors

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Amongst the first things everyone notices when they start exploring this topic is the phenomenon called the psychology of colors. According to it, our mind responds differently to different colors and this reaction can sometimes be so severe that it can swing our mood one way or the other. For example, red evokes passion, so it is a perfect color to heighten your senses and keep you awake. On the other hand, yellow is there to add a hint of optimism and evoke the feeling of happiness. It is perfect for your living room since it is known to promote communication, but also for a home office since it can spark creativity.

Order and Organization

Well-organized interior can make its inhabitants better organized, as well. For example, it is known that it is harder to focus when there is a mess everywhere, which means that neatness greatly influences our psyche. Next, specific furniture can affect the way we perceive the room and, thus, overall wellbeing. We can see this best in the idea of home offices.

More and more people work from home every day and, while some may believe this means they can work from their kitchen or living room, it doesn’t work that way.These rooms are made for rest and relaxation, which makes it nearly impossible for one to get in the mood for work. However, getting just few pieces of used office furniture can make all the difference. In this way, you can even trick yourself into being in the real office. Some even go so far as to install a water-cooler they don’t need, just so they can recreate the office vibe.

The Importance of Natural Light

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Another thing that can affect mental health of all the inhabitants is the influx of natural light. Just think about it this way. The countries in the polar circle have significantly higher suicide rates exactly because their citizens are forced to spend half of the year in darkness. Humans are creatures of light and how much of it you let in may determine the mood of everyone present. Sure, you don’t want sun rays to interfere with your screen while you are watching a movie, but as soon as you are over, make sure to raise the blinds.

Sense of Personal Space

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There is a great difference between the words house and home. Namely, the first one is a building you own, while the second evokes a feeling of a safe place where you are always welcome. In the words of Robert Frost: Home is the place where, when you have to go there, they have to take you in. If you are to transform your house into a true home, you need to personalize it. The easiest way to do so is to fill it up with personal memorabilia like items from your childhood and family photos. Still, this doesn’t include only decades-old Christmas presents. Anything you find on a garage sale, flea market or even make yourself can fit this purpose just fine.

From all of this, it is more than clear that interior design does impact the way we feel, which, in the long term, may have some serious consequences on your mindset. Most people spend at least half of their waking hours at home, which means that any sense of discomfort may have far more resounding results. Luckily, by paying attention to your home design efforts, you can turn this knowledge to your favor and influence your wellbeing.

The celebrities’ sense of style goes way beyond red carpet outfits. Their homes are also affected by that special sense, and not only because of a multi-million dollar profit; after all style is just one of those things that have no price tag. Ok, you can pay for a renowned interior designer, but in the end of the day it is you who makes the call. What makes Australian celebrities’ interior design so different is their capability to create a subtle eclectic decor that is barely visible, yet very appealing. The large Edwardian, Georgian or Victorian mansions are almost always preferred among famous Aussies, but not without exceptions. Now let us peek into the homes of Australia’s darlings to see if that is true.

Hugh Jackman

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Who would have thought that Wolverine will live in 1,000 square meters (11,000 square foot) condo in the artsy enclave of New York City? Well, he does and it is decorated as smooth as the man itself. The five bedroom spread with an amazingly extensive view on the Hudson River is simply captivating. As it is not large enough as it is, the apartment has enormous double-height ceilings to add the illusion of even larger space and fascinating swirling staircase. The design is sleek, streamlined with dramatic details. The prevailing colour is white with occasional pops of grey.

Miranda Kerr

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The Australia’s most beloved beauty, Miranda Kerr lives in a lavish Malibu mansion, which reflects an idyllic, warm and inviting atmosphere. The shades in the house perfectly enchant the coast outside, combining soft blue, white and gentle beige. Bamboo and wooden pieces and plant life (orchids, dracaenas, etc.) furthermore enhance the naturalistic vibe. A major supporter of organic way of living, the model also has her own garden from where she supplies her kitchen.

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The rapper and her NBA star boyfriend, Nick Young bought Selena Gomez’s house in 2014. The six-bedroom estate is located in Tarzana, California, and features basketball court, in-ground pool and a barbecue pit. The interior design is a mixture of classic, rustic and modern decor, with fireplaces, crown moldings, heavy wooden furniture pieces and hardwood floors. One of the eight bathrooms definitely resembles a complete spa and the outdoor space is just as comfy as the indoor, being that it contains plenty of seating, bamboo furniture, cushions and a fire pit.

Nicole Kidman

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Nicole Kidman’s home decor is similar to her fashion style – simple and elegant. Her Georgian mansion on her Bunya Hill farm in Australia is so sophisticated that you can imagine the actress lounging around in floaty white dresses the entire day. Most of the furniture and the walls are pretty much neutral, when it comes to colours, but what truly gives them a sense of hospitality and refines, at the same time is the style. Rustic wooden pieces are combined with leather couches, while the wooden library is in charge of the nostalgia. Behind the main house sits a small charming cottage with kitchen cabinetry, pantry and some sitting space.

Chris Hemsworth

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Although the God of Thunder has put his Malibu mansion on sale to move to his home in Australia, there is no reason not to peek in to see is it actually worth $6.5 million. The spacious Victorian-style estate features green yard space, fabulous interiors, a true chef-worthy kitchen and a gym where Thor works out his muscles. The dominant shades inside the house are white, beige and brown. The modern style (e.g. disco-ball-like chandelier or glass staircase fence, collides with rustic wooden furniture and hardwood flooring). The conclusion: this house is a true catch.

These five Aussies have decorated their homes perfectly, making them not only a reflection of the depth of their wallets, but of their personalities too.

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A complete refreshment in the sphere of contemporary interior design comes in a form of monochromatic influence whose sole objective is to embellish the living space in a sleek and elegant way. For those who prefer the cleanness of the minimalistic approach, but wish to add a certain twist to it, the monochrome design allows you to play with the sleek combination of black, white and grey and create outstanding textures, patterns and shapes which will surely give your home a sophisticated approach. And for those who observe the contemporary design as tedious, this is the chance to learn how even the simplest designs can make a great difference.

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The Dark White Rises

Going for a full modern approach like this one requires a bit of strategic planning as well. While the monochrome design has the ability to transform a space and give it a true sophisticate splendor, it is good to keep in mind that it is a thin line between monochrome and monotone. To avoid a dreadful and tedious ambient, the best way to go is up…or down for that matter. Playing with height and composition of certain objects in the living space allows you to create an illusion of movement in the room. This trick is also useful as it gives you the opportunity to make your living space a bit more interesting without digressing from the primary design idea.

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Shine like A Star

As one of the main characteristics of a monochrome design is creating an ample space with a somewhat dark color palette, it is crucial to learn how to use the art of illumination to build up the ambient in the whole space. This is especially important as the magic of monochrome design tends to leave a bit of a cold and distant vibe in the space. This is where the ambient lighting comes in. The use of natural light in the space is quite often practiced in designs like this, as the warm sunrays give a warmer approach to a somewhat eerie space. Also statement lighting is something that can truly transform a home; especially modern floor lamps. For a more grandiose approach, chandeliers have the ability to add a dash of light as well as elegance to the room.

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Pattern It Up

For some, the extensive use of black and white might seem a bit limiting when it comes to decorating the space. This is where textures and patterns find their way into the monochromatic design. Geometrical shapes and clean lines are still in focus, so naturally the use of horizontal and vertical lines, checker designs and dots are some of the best ways to enhance the beauty of the space.

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Nature Always Finds Its Way

While the minimalistic design is more focused on creating a sterile atmosphere without the use of greenery, it is safe to say that nature always finds a way to infiltrate even in the most arid environments. This is how natural materials and fabrics can greatly embellish the living space, even in the gloomy monochrome interior design. This was popularized by the Scandinavian contemporary trend, where the use of raw wood and pale timber makes a wonderful blend with the industrial finishes of the minimalistic design. For a softer approach, take it from the northerners and overstate your living space with a sheepskin throw.

A strict and bold design with a dash of sophisticated is the simplest way to describe the true wonder of the monochromatic interior design. The wise play of neutrals, the blend of nature and the fine art of illumination create a ravishing setting suitable for every soul.

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2016 might just be the year you decide to redecorate your home. If you do so, you should make sure you follow some of the latest trends. Take a look at the following projects which might serve you as inspiration and help you choose designs, strategies and materials for redecorating.

Home Design Trends for Your Garage

Good news if you are not using your garage just to store your car – You can now have screen doors which do not interfere with the system of the garage doors. So, there is no need to open the whole garage doors when you just want to grab a couple of things. There are some systems that even have a door within the screen for easy access. The price of such garage doors depends a lot on the features you decide to go with, but on average, they will cost you around $1,400.

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Hardwood Kitchen Flooring

Hardwood is going to be the ultimate flooring choice for many kitchens in 2016. Hardwood flooring brings warmth to your kitchen and gives it natural looks. Hardwood stands up to any stains but you should also cover the area you will be using the most with a small mat or rug. If you want to keep the traditional look you can go with mahogany or dark walnut stains. Even though flooring like this lasts for years you can refresh the kitchen by refinishing or staining them every couple of years.

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Solar Water Heater

More and more homeowners are deciding to use one of these. If installed carefully, a solar heater can provide a major percentage of a home’s hot water for a long period of time. Even though you will have to pay for the heater and the installation, the price of your utility bills will be reduced and after a couple of years, you will recover the expenses you had at first. Experts say that getting a solar water heater is one of the best ways to invest in renewable energy in 2016.

Deep Kitchen Drawers

You might want to organize your kitchen cabinets better in 2016. And installing deep drawers might just be a way to do so. It is one of the best ways to store your cooking equipment and still reach it easily. Most of the cooking pots and appliances like a toaster cannot fit a standard drawer and that is when a deep drawer might come in handy. You can also add dividers and inserts so you could separate your dishes and pots according to the set or size.

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Heated Entryway Floors

Heated floors are definitely a great choice for bathrooms, but in case you live in a cold area, you might want to install these in your entryway as well. First of all, this will keep your entryway warm during the whole winter and give you that pleasant feeling once you step out of your shoes. Also, we might have a wetter summer than usual, and this means we will be using umbrellas and raincoats. But having heated floors will keep your entryway from getting slippery and messy.

If you decide to redecorate this year, these are the things you should go for. Still, make sure you are always in search for some home improvements you can make.