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

Think about your audience

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

 

 

Don’t go wild with the base

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

What’s under your feet matters

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

Don’t forget about storage

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

Make it smell nice

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

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

Getting ready for parenthood can be one of the most exciting experiences, but at the same time, it can also be stressful especially if it’s your first baby, so you don’t know where to start. There are too many things to care about: doctor’s checkups, buying all the baby clothes, the crib and making sure that everything goes according to the plan. If you’re looking to redecorate and baby proof your apartment before your little one arrives, here are the most important things you need to know:

1. Make sure there’s enough space

Even if you live in a small apartment, it’s still necessary to ensure that there will be enough space for a crib and a changing table. If you don’t have a room for the baby, you can make enough space in your bedroom or even a living room. So the first thing you need to do is to get rid of all the unnecessary items that are making your home feel and look cramped. Of course, it would be best if you could buy a house that will be big enough for all of you, but even if you cannot afford it, a small apartment will do. Therefore, it’s important to be creative and use every bit of space in your home – you can find plenty of ideas and pregnancy guides on Baby Wonderland.

2. Don’t focus on toys

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Every child needs and loves toys, but babies will hardly need stuffed animals and an ice cream play cart, so if your friends and relatives buy some of those, kindly ask them to get you something more useful instead. And if you get those types of presents, try to store them somewhere and give them to your kid once it’s big enough to play with them. Toys take up too much area that you can use in a much better way. If you really want to have some toys at home, get a shelf that won’t take up too much space. Babies need to bond with parents and feel loved, there will be time for playing with the toys. For the first few months, your primary goal should be making your home functional and baby-friendly as much as possible.

3. If you don’t need it, sell it

Having a lot of stuff lying around can make you feel a bit stressed out, especially if you have a newborn constantly demanding your attention. In case you have a lot of clothes and other various things that you don’t use anymore, you should sell them online as soon as your child grows out of something. If you don’t like selling stuff, you can always give them to your friends and family members who have similarly aged kids, or even better, donate them to those who need it more than you. There are many charity organization that can accept and distribute those things, while your only job is to pack them and bring them the bags or boxes.

4. Prepare the nursery

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Although many parents love to have their baby near them, a nursery is vital if you still want your baby to have her own space. Setting up a nursery should always be done at least one month before the baby arrives, so you won’t feel overwhelmed with too many obligations. There are many available options, and your choice is largely dependent on the nursery size and how much are you ready to spend on decorating. You can choose safe options like blue room for boys and pink for girls, but if you want to be more imaginative, you can pick other, more gender-neutral colours, such as yellow, green and maybe even grey. Also, you can decide to go with a specific theme, since that can help you be more focused when it comes to picking and adding certain elements for the baby’s room.

 

In conclusion, these tips will help you get ready for the arrival of your little munchkin. There are various things you can add to your apartment, such as a baby monitor or baby proofing the home. However, even if there are certain rules that parents are supposed to follow, remember that you can do things your own way, as long as the baby is safe and well-cared for.

Seeing a vessel sink for the first time can be an unusual experience because it’s not what we expect when we think about sinks. It’s a striking addition to any bathroom that you can’t just plop it down without concern for the rest of the décor.

Vessel sinks made their appearance more than a few decades ago and set new standards in bathroom décor. Even though it did not become a fad, it created a long-lasting impression that still makes it highly desirable for many discerning designers. Vessel sinks have many stand-out qualities, which is a reason for its continued popularity among remodelers and designers today.

Vessel sinks might not be a choice for everyday use, but you will surely find these in upscale homes and model homes as well as restaurants, hotels, and other commercial buildings. The sinks are available in a wide range of styles from the rustic to modern and come in many different looks that can make bathrooms look exquisite and elegant.

What is a vessel sink?

When you boil it down, the vessel sink is just a bowl-shaped sink. The arrangement is distinctly different from other types of sinks that are inside a cut-out in the countertop. Another notable thing about them is that they are exclusively used as bathroom sink bowls and aren’t suitable for kitchens, due to their style and size. Vessel sinks are a form of bathroom decoration and seen mostly in guest bathrooms and powder rooms where the sink has minimal use. They’re made of glass, fired ceramic, stainless steel, copper, stone, or marble, with glass and ceramic being the most popular.

Types of installation

Although the norm for installing vessel sinks is to place it on the countertop, there is also an option of recessed installation.

  • Above the counter installation – In this type of installation, the sink sits on the bathroom vanity; this is the most common type of installation. Except for drilling a drain hole in the vanity or countertop, no other cutting or drilling is necessary as the bowl rests on the vanity on its own.
  • Recessed installation – As the name implies, recessed installation involves the vessel sitting inside a recess in the vanity or countertop that allows a part of the vessel’s bottom to stay inside the recess. This makes the installation more stable. For drainage, you must drill a hole in the vanity or countertop to allow the drainpipe to pass through.

If you are considering installing a vessel sink in your bathroom but wonder whether it would be right for you, check out the rest of the article.

Stylish sinks

Vessel sinks are showpieces that add character to the interior décor and enhance its appeal. The sink, when placed in the bathroom, becomes the central attraction as it sits on the countertop or vanity, proudly displaying your taste and style. A vessel sink not only grabs all attention and becomes the focal point of the bathroom, but it also adds more charm to the overall interior décor by creating visual interest and makes a statement. When you intend to make a strong design statement, the vessel sink is the bathroom accessory that you can rely on.

Flexibility in design

There are many design and style options when it comes to vessel sinks. Styles range from traditional and classic to modern and anything in between. The sinks are mostly in oval and round shapes with clean lines and compact features available in a variety of materials, colors, and styles. On searching the market extensively, you will find some of these sinks even made from unusual materials like bamboo and bronze.

Easy installation

The installation of vessel sinks is not only easy but also convenient because it neither involves any plumbing work nor requires any support for installation. Simply placing the sink on the countertop is all that the installation includes minor drilling of the vanity or countertop to allow the drainpipe to pass through. Besides, there are more options in installation in case you want to make the sink rest inside a recess in the countertop or vanity.

Useful counter space

Despite placing the sink on the countertop, the sink is a circular vessel. It occupies minimal space on the countertop while leaving the space around it across the countertop for any other use. This is, of course, not possible if you prefer a recessed installation that occupies a larger area on the countertop.

Comfortable use

Since the vessel sinks are taller, the additional height of the sink makes it very convenient for use by taller people because they don’t have to bend as much. The sink placement provides ergonomic benefits that are not available in any other types of sinks.

Spacious sinks

Vessel sinks are available in many sizes, and since it sits on the countertop, you can choose a larger vessel that would otherwise not have been possible with other types of sink installation. Those who want large sinks would do good to install a vessel sink.

In addition to the above advantages, the biggest one is that replacing vessel sinks is very easy, which adds more styling options by changing the sink when you want.

No matter with how much love, devotion and enthusiasm you decorated your home the first time around, chances are that you’ll grow a bit tired of the design as time passes. Don’t worry, that’s completely normal. Since people are visual beings, it’s logical that we like to spend time in a visually stimulating environment, and if your home featured the same design since you’ve moved in, it probably became just a bit too familiar. That’s precisely why some interior design pros advise against fully decorating every room top-to-bottom at once, but rather encourage you to allow the design to grow alongside your personal growth.

However, if you’ve reached a point where redecorating seems like the only option left, here are some nifty tricks to consider. Keep in mind that, in order to fall back in love with your interior, you don’t have to spend a ton of money or go for a large-scale home improvement projects that really won’t add value to your home . Rather, it’s enough to make some small but very effective changes that will completely turn a room’s design around.

The hallway

Hallways are the most commonly neglected areas of a home when the design is concerned, which is a big mistake since a hallway is the first area of your home anyone who enters will be presented with. Therefore, inspect your hallway and see if there’s anything you can do to it to boost its visual appeal. For example, replace your old coat hanger with a funky new alternative and DIY a fun key holder. Next, get a tall wicker basket to act as an umbrella holder. Finally, create a gallery wall by framing and hanging some of your family photos, but choose the frames carefully and make sure they go well together.

The kitchen

The easiest way you can update the look of your kitchen is by simply repainting your cabinet doors and replacing all the handles with a fresh alternative. Additionally, if you want to make an even bigger change, create a new backsplash and introduce a new area rug. Just make sure that the new color you’ve chosen for your cabinets works well with the overall color scheme you have in your kitchen to avoid creating an environment that just looks too random.

The bathroom

In the bathroom, you won’t believe just how much a new shower curtain can transform the look of the entire space. You can also replace hardware fixtures and bathroom accessories for more modern alternatives. Browse some online retailers to find the right fit and give your old bathroom a modern twist on a budget. Additionally, you can even consider adding a couple of plants to your bathroom but make sure that they can thrive in such an environment.

The bedroom

Master bedrooms also generally tend to be somewhat neglected when the design is concerned because some people don’t see the point in beautifying a space that’s used primarily for sleeping. However, that is a huge mistake as a well-put-together bedroom design can work wonders for your sleep quality. So, first, take care of your window treatments. Choose the ones that allow you to completely darken up the room when necessary – afternoon naps – but still let plenty of natural light through when pushed aside. Layered curtains and drapes work best in this scenario. Next, add a luxurious throw blanket on top of your bed to make it visually cozier. Finally, add a soft, fluffy area rug that will be just a few inches bigger than your bed underneath it to both accentuate and section off that area and make it a focal point of the room.

The living room

We’ve purposefully left this area of the home for last because it’s arguably the most versatile one. The number of easy touch-ups you can do in your living room is so big that we are only going to list the most effective ones. First of all, create an accent wall. This can be literally any wall in your living room. If you have a fireplace, turn that area into an accent wall by creating an exposed faux brick wall and hanging an impactful piece of wall art just above the fireplace. Alternatively, you can choose to accentuate the wall behind your sofa by opting to paint it in a bold hue or cover it with an elaborate, textured wallpaper. Next, aside from the statement wall, you can choose to completely change up your decor items, which will give the room a whole new vibe. Also, think about replacing your rugs, throw pillow cases and other textured elements of the room’s design, or even reupholstering your furniture entirely.

As you can see, there are numerous ways you can give your home a facelift without having to spend a lot of money. Besides, these small changes really do make the biggest impact, as they shift the vibe of the room very slightly in a chosen direction, instead of turning it into a completely new, unfamiliar space.

One of the most important principles of interior design says that every room should have a focal point. Usually, it’s the most obvious feature of the room, like a huge fireplace or big windows. However, you don’t always have such a feature. In those cases, you need to create focal points on your own. So, in order to help you do just that, here are a couple of ideas that might inspire you.

Think about the placement

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The positioning of your focal point is more important than you might think. After all, it’s meant to draw the eye towards it. However, this does not mean that you have to necessarily put it in the center. Of course, you can, if the object in question is a coffee table, carpet, or a chandelier. Still, it’s not the only option, since you should take into consideration your entire room. Therefore, if you want to emphasize a certain wall, like the one above your bed in the bedroom, you can turn it into a focal point by using artwork or a nice headboard. Or, if there’s an empty corner, you can transform it into your new reading nook and turn it into a focal point as well.

Display your collection

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If you like collecting interesting items, you can create a perfect focal point by displaying them. For example, you can organize your figurines on a small table in the corner of your living room or hallway. This way, they could serve as great conversation starters as well, since they would be noticed quickly. Or, you can display your collection of teacups in your kitchen cabinet that has glass doors. So, when your guests enter the kitchen, they will have something to focus on. Books can also serve as great focal points, especially in your study room. In short, no matter what it is that you collect, there is always a way to showcase it.

Consider your rugs

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This might sound surprising at first, but your rugs can be amazing focal points. Firstly, rugs with interesting textures and patterns can be very eye-catching, especially if you leave most of the area uncovered. Secondly, if you choose a bolder color and decorate the rest of the room in a bit subtler fashion, you would make the rug stand out even more. Finally, you can always layer your rugs. This would not only transform them into nice focal points, but it would also add a sense of warmth to the room.

Spice it up

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Sometimes, the focal point is not hard to find but not easy to emphasize. For example, your bed is the expected focal point of your bedroom, but it’s not enough to just have a bed. If you want it to be an actually good focal point, you need to spice it up a bit. Therefore, you should consider getting some beautiful bedding that’ll fit the style of the room. This way, your bed will draw attention not just because of its size but because of its stylish appearance as well.

Use the fixtures

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If you want to create a focal point in a room without any specific details, like your bathroom, you can make use of the fixtures. For example, your bathtub or shower can be a good focal point. In order to turn it into one, though, you need to decorate it properly; buy an interesting shower curtain, use candles in the corners of your bathtub, or add some hanging storage options nearby – they can make your entire bathroom look more stylish and unique.

Play with shapes

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Unusual shapes can serve as great focal points because they are often very surprising. This includes furniture, of course, but also artwork and mirrors. So, you can create a nice focal point with a coffee table that has an unusual curve. Or, you can get mirrors in different shapes and place them opposite your windows. This would also make your room appear larger, which makes this kind of focal point perfect for smaller homes.

Every home needs to have focal points in order to be considered truly modern. After all, there’s a good reason why focal points are an important part of the interior design – they make your home look better. They are the first thing that your visitors will notice, and you know what they say about first impressions. Luckily, even a few small changes can make a difference. So, consider the listed tips, apply them to your home, and rest assured that it will look better than ever before.

It is common for all fashion and home decor trends to come and go, but there will always be certain elements that never fade and go out of style. If you’ve been thinking of redecorating your home lately, consider giving your home a timeless look, something that will stand the test of time but continue to radiate elegance, beauty and serenity in the years to come.

A timeless décor can serve as a perfect background for displaying all the eclectic pieces that you love and here is how you can achieve that in grand style.

Go neutral with colour

It can look truly amazing to play with wall colour or fancy wallpaper, but you can’t really tell how long those patterns and shades will stay pleasing to the eye. Neutral colours never go out of style and remain as constant communicators of freshness and cleanliness. For a timeless and elegant look, stick to neutrals and solids and achieve beauty and balance with flashy accessories.

One trap that many eager homeowners fall into is buying fundamental furniture pieces in a trendy colour of the year. Rather go with colours and patterns that will survive passing trends and add layers with decorative pieces such as lamps, art, throws, pillows, bedding, rugs and tableware.

Be detailed, but don’t overcrowd

As the saying goes – the devil is in the detail –give some extra consideration to choosing those details carefully. Pay attention to lighting and elements that can bounce off light, such as gilded mirrors. They are very classic in style and help balance the natural light.

Use scented candles to uplift the space and create an atmosphere of warmth and harmony. Besides colour, fragrances are also very therapeutic and picking different scents such as lavender, passionfruit, jasmine, lemongrass or vanilla, can help in soothing the nerves and improving mood. Moreover, if you arrange them tastefully in elegant glass containers on a beautiful vintage tray, you’ll have a gorgeous decorative piece to go with the style of your home.

Your only concern should be not to overdo it. Timeless look is all about balance, so less is actually more. Be selective in your choice of decorations, colours and furniture and let the overall look show off each piece.

Mix the old with the new

Timeless décor typically blends old with new and it’s one of the best ways to create interest and add beauty to your space. By mixing pieces from different eras and painting them into a fresh, modern shade, or upholstering a classic piece of furniture into a fabric of intricate pattern, you can create a unique blend and give your own stamp to the design.

Carefully balanced with the contemporary, old, vintage pieces such as armchairs, mirrors, chandeliers and side tables can give any room a lot of charm and appeal.

Illumination is essential

Lighting is an extremely important element of any home and a great ally in designing. It doesn’t only light up the space, but it has the capacity to make a room seem bigger, brighter and more inviting. You can use it cleverly to your advantage and highlight your favourite furniture pieces or artwork. By using light to showcase your minimalist design, you move the focus form the light fixture itself and make a statement of the whole space.

Tone down your furniture

Try to stay away from big, chunky furniture pieces and rather go with toned down, petite elements, as they can have a much more powerful effect in big rooms. Also, pay attention to the practical aspect as well as aesthetical. Smaller and moveable items of furniture won’t give the room a heavy, old-fashioned vibe and will allow you to be more flexible when it comes to the layout. So when you get weary of one set up, you can easily rearrange the furniture and have a fresh new look without spending a dime.

Display your favourite photos

Family photos always give the space a note of warmth and love, but be careful not to go too eclectic by mixing too many textures, colours and shapes of frames. A classic, timeless look is easily achieved with monochromatic or black and white scheme. Choose a wall and make it your gallery that reflects your family’s unique personality.

Finding the best design for your home that will represents your personality and taste is never an easy task. It can also be quitter challenging to find a timeless look that will make you comfortable and be aesthetically pleasing. Hopefully, by incorporating some basic features listed here, you’ll be able to style your home in a way that will stand the test of time.

As the place where you spend most of your time, your home should feature a healthy, soothing design. This is your safe haven where you should be able to forget about everyday worries and simply enjoy yourself in an atmosphere of tranquillity and serenity. By creating such an ambience in your home, you’ll be able to invite peacefulness into your everyday life, too. So, when designing your home, you should do it with mindfulness.

Design every room mindfully

Being mindful when designing your home entails implementing carefully picked elements that will support the purpose of each room. Every item you introduce and every design choice you make can affect the general atmosphere in your space. You should aim for a balanced, harmonious look in your home that will fill it with positivity, relaxation and tranquillity. Thus, when furnishing and decorating each room, keep its purpose in mind and try to design it accordingly.

Get clutter under control

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A cluttered home can be overwhelming, making you feel cramped and stifled in your own space. In addition, since clutter collects dust, it can create a stale atmosphere in your home. Decluttering your home, on the other hand, can help you create an open, airy vibe that exudes freshness. You should declutter room by room, getting rid of broken items, unnecessary objects and excessive decorations. Keep your space clutter-free by having a place for each item in your home. In addition, avoid hiding clutter behind closed doors – everything should be clutter-free, from your closet to the kitchen counters.   

Welcome a soothing colour scheme

The psychology of colours can help you create a true atmosphere of peacefulness and serenity in your home. Since different colours can affect your state of mind and evoke certain emotions in you, you should pick those that will help you relax and relieve stress. Soft, muted tones and neutral shades are the perfect choice for a cosy bedroom, tranquil bathroom and warm living room. More vibrant colours can be used for visual interest and energy every now and then, especially in the kitchen, living room or your home office.  

Create an airy atmosphere

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Aside from removing clutter, there are other ways to create an airy, more open atmosphere in your living space. You have to maintain a comfortable indoor temperature and ensure that your home has great airflow that will keep humidity at an appropriate level. This will make your home feel fresh and prevent mould from growing and filling your space with a stale smell.
However, you need to install proper systems to create such an atmosphere and make sure that your home has great air quality. In Australia, for example, indoor air pollution is among the top five risks to public health. Therefore, homeowners use both split and ducted air conditioning in Sydney and other parts of the country to ensure better airflow in their homes. After installing an effective AC unit in your home, you also need to have it serviced and maintained properly. Air filters should be changed every three months because they can become covered in dust and mould which are then released into your indoor air.

Clean regularly

Cleaning can be a dreary task, but it’s an essential one for a healthy and happy home. It’s advisable that you clean your home thoroughly at least once a week to create a fresh atmosphere. Dusting, mopping, scrubbing and washing your linens will help you get rid of allergens and toxins. Mattresses and carpets should be professionally cleaned for the best effect. In addition, keep in mind that regular cleaning products contain a lot of chemicals, so make sure to switch to healthy, green alternatives.

Introduce nature into every room

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Indoor plants are not only natural air purifiers that will cleanse your indoor air but also beautiful embellishments that will make your space more enjoyable and comfortable. Houseplants can help you relieve stress and fill your space with a soothing natural vibe. They will also bring an energising splash of green into your space, complementing your home décor perfectly.  What’s even better is the fact that you can introduce them into every room in your home, including the bathroom. There are numerous species that thrive in the bathroom environment, so you can use them to turn your bathroom into a home spa.

Let natural light inside

Natural light will make your space more open and beautiful while also having a positive impact on your mood and health. You should let sunlight permeate your space by removing dark heavy drapes and using light, gauzy ones. Removing any outside obstacles can also help you maximise the amount of natural light in your living space. There are some other tricks that will help you achieve this, including using mirrors and glossy finishes in your home.

A healthy, tranquil home is the one filled with positivity, soothing colours, fresh air and natural embellishments, and these simple tips can help you create such an ambience in your sanctuary.

The modern lifestyle of consumerism has resulted in our tendency to clutter our lives, as well as our homes. Embracing a Japanese-inspired design will help you relinquish this overwhelming habit and turn to tranquillity and peacefulness. Japanese style is characterised by elegant simplicity and minimalism, which creates a unique ambience of serenity in a home. Its distinctive Zen vibe will not only make your space more open and balanced, but also inspire you to adopt a more mindful lifestyle. Therefore, if you want to turn your home into a tranquil sanctuary, you should welcome Japanese principles of design.

The living room transformation

A Japanese-inspired living room should exude a sense of elegance that stems from moderation and simplicity. A soft palette of muted natural colours is the perfect choice for your Zen living room. You should embrace soft cream, charming beige, rich brown, light green and subtle grey to create a calming atmosphere. When it comes to furniture, you should go a with low, simple design with modern, clean lines. Floor cushions, Shoji screens, sliding doors and simple lighting fixtures are all commonly used in Japanese-inspired spaces. As for decorations, you should stay moderate, focusing on origami-style embellishments, bonsai trees and houseplants. Origami figures are a major part of Japanese tradition and there are plenty of creative ideas that will help you introduce it into your home.

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Simplicity in the kitchen

Functionality, minimalism and simplicity are some of the main Japanese principles that you should introduce into your kitchen. Your space should be open and airy, with a functional and convenient design. Wood, natural stone and metal are all beautiful material options that you can use for giving your Zen kitchen an organic touch. Nature is deeply rooted in Japanese interior design, so you should use herbs and houseplants to decorate and freshen up your space. You can also display lovely ceramic kitchenware collections, especially those with innate imperfections. This will help you capture the beauty of wabi-sabi, a Japanese philosophy of embracing all things transient and imperfect.

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The peaceful bathroom retreat

In Japanese interior design, the bathroom is the place for rejuvenation and relaxation, filling you with revitalising energy. As such, it exudes peacefulness, serenity and simple elegance and features a design that incorporates natural materials, such as wood and stone. It’s important that you soothe and appeal to all of your senses, so make sure to introduce essential oils, bath salts and meditative background music. A soaking tub is one of the most distinctive characteristics of Japanese-inspired bathrooms. You can even design a Japanese-style sauna where you can relax and enjoy quiet meditation.

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The bedroom of serenity

As another place for relaxation and rest, your bedroom should have an atmosphere of simplicity and tranquillity. A subtle, neutral colour scheme of pale blues, soft greys and gentle beiges will help you relieve all the stress and tension. Once again, focus on clean, simple lines and a low design when it comes to your bedroom furniture and remember that functionality comes first. You should cover your floors with traditional Japanese tatami mats made of rice straw. Lighting also plays a crucial role in creating a soothing, gentle atmosphere. You should introduce lighting fixtures with a soft glow that will create a play of shadow and light. Choose fixtures made of wood, parchment, natural silk, porcelain and glass.

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The Zen garden

Japanese interior design encourages establishing a sense of unity with nature, which is why outdoor spaces are as important as the interior. A Japanese-style garden features simple structures that help create a natural, organic look. A water feature is essential in such an environment, contributing to the peaceful atmosphere. If possible, you should design a koi pond with a lovely bridge. Gravel, stones and bamboo are the most dominant materials in a Zen garden. As for plants, Japanese maple, phillyrea, conifers, bamboo, nandina, fatsia, camellias and flowering cherries are just some of the enticing options.

We all need to free ourselves from clutter that overtakes our homes and our lives. The simplicity and moderation of Japanese style will help us get rid of unnecessary items and find out what we really need in everyday life.

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Have you ever wondered why some people can start out with the same basic materials as another designer, yet still create rooms that are edgy and unique? The difference is the way they use the elements of design and color.


A Global Community

Society has finally come to grips with the fact that technology has made us a global society. Corporations are likely to have facilities around the world. E-Commerce is a normal part of our lives.

Why does this matter in designing our homes? Before it was logical to have distribution points internationally and associates that could easily travel, we could expect the people in our lives to be culturally similar. But, today your boss, friends, and neighbors are often from cultures that are much different than that of Western society. Therefore, in order to make our homes visitor-friendly, we should consider how elements are perceived by others.

Nowhere is this more evident than in the use of color. For example, in the United States, the use of red stirs feelings of excitement, passion, and (positive and negative) power. In some cases, it is used to show strong anger. However, in Asian cultures, red is the color used to express joy and happiness. It is believed to bring happiness and long life. It is often worn by brides to ensure a happy marriage. In the Middle-East red is used for danger and warning. Further, Latin America and Mexico use red with white as a representation of religion and faith.

The effect

Because the “meaning” of color varies from one country to another, it is the mental or emotional reaction that causes problems. For example, if a client from Mexico visits your home for a dinner party You will probably offer alcohol from your home bar. You may play lively and modern music that is meant to be entertaining. If your home bar is decorated in red and white, which represent his religion, he may feel you are insulting his faith.

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Using color and structure to your advantage

Use neutral colors for your home. Eggshell, Ivory, and Vanilla are perfect for the living room. These colors make the room look bigger and give the room a warm, homey feeling. Add a splash of color with throw pillows, throws, vases, and rugs in a bright hue. Use the “times-three” rule. Use a larger item like the rug or throw to give you the effect you are looking for. The human eye immediately scans for the color elsewhere in the room. Use a striking pattern on canvas on the wall with your splash-color as a secondary color to the design.

Personal portraits are in big demand this year. The days of having your portrait painted on canvas with oils are back. Portrait paintings by Instapainting make this process painless. Send them a favorite photograph. Their professional artists will recreate the picture on canvas attached with keys to make placing the painting into a frame easy. If oil paintings are not in line with your style, opt to have watercolors for a casual but stunning portrait. You can also opt for pencil art or chalk art on heavy art-grade paper.

Your decision on the type of painting you want depends on the room. If your design is sharp, clean lines, go with oil paints. If your design is casual with lesser- defined patterns will compliment watercolors or chalk.

Use unique lighting to draw attention to the wall hangings.

Hotel-Style Bedrooms

Bedrooms that are inviting and plush are trending. Use thick comforters, pillows, of light colors. The sheets must be white and crisp. Pale blue or gray works well on walls. Deep plush rugs of faux fur are understated and chic.

Room decor should be limited. Stay away from the huge wooden bed frames, but dressers and bedside tables of cherry look great.

Final thoughts

Kitchens and bathrooms are staying with the 2018 trend of clean, bright colors. Bring outside in with window box herb gardens and hanging plants. The home of 2019 is comfortable. Even small rooms feel cozy and open. Your family, friends, and business associates will feel welcomed and relaxed. That is what your home is all about. Using bright hues sparingly and selectively will give each room a professional look. The year has already begun, so get started soon and take advantage of these amazing trends.

In this post, we addressed some of those elements to explain the interior designs that are trending in 2019.

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.