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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.

Iggy Azalea

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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.

Monochrome Magic

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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.

Monochrome Home Decor

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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.

Monochrome Inspiration

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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.

Every sphere of life, and every profession has its own hall of fame. Every sports club has it, every music genre has it and here interior design is no exception. Of course, no list would be big enough to encompass every design mastermind that this world have ever seen, still there are some who with their ideas managed to change the world as we know it. Today, numerous magnificent edifices around the world serve as their legacy and in most cases, many of their visitors are not even aware of this fact. Now in order to shed some light on people who did so much for the interior design here is the list of five greatest interior designers in the world.

  • Philippe Starck

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They say that in order to successfully break the rules you have to know them by heart and French designer Philippe Starck is a perfect example of this. Starck’s work mostly relies on combination of different styles and materials, even if they were not supposed to go along in theory. His design of bar restaurant KONG in the heart of Paris, is something truly outstanding. Here, he demonstrated how glass, wood, metal and plastic can all work together to create a truly futuristic chic ambiance.

  • Karim Rashid

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Now, when speaking about glass, plastic and metal it is nearly impossible not to talk about industrial style. When talking about industrial style it is absolutely impossible not to reflect its absolute sovereign, Egyptian interior design genius Karim Rashid. According to many, his most notable piece of work is a pharmacy Oaza Zdravlja in Belgrade, Serbia. His full brilliance can be seen in the fact that he managed to take something as bland and faceless as pharmacy and transform it into something truly majestic and unique.

  • Martin Brudnizki

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If you find the work of the two previously mentioned designers to be too flashy for your taste, than you are bound to like the creation of Martin Brudnizki. This Swedish designer simply excels in minimalistic approach. The most curious thing about his designs is that with these elements he does use he somehow achieves the sense of absolute luxury. For this reason alone, most people refer to his style as “minimalist deluxe.”

  • Patricia Urquiola

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Spanish architect and designer Patricia Urquiola, is most known for her designs of spa and resorts. Her ability to create a spontaneous interior that perfectly matches the nature that surrounds her is something absolutely unprecedented and unmatched. One of the most curious things about her is that most of her work takes place abroad, mostly notably in Puerto Rico. Still, her works in Spain are not to be neglected as well.

  • Miles Redd

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Finally, although originally from Atlanta, it would be redundant to say that a true designer such as Miles Redd belongs to any nation. Same as all of his aforementioned brothers and sister in arms, he too is the citizen of the world. The best representation of this is his style which perfectly reflects his cosmopolitan character and personality. Miles is known for borrowing for not restraining to borrow from any culture anything he finds to his liking.

There are many other people that deserve a spot on this list but we simply weren’t able to mention them all. Still, any name on the list has definitely earned its spot on this designer Parnassus. Because of this, as their contemporaries, we can safely say that we truly do live in an exciting time since we have the privilege to watch history being written in front of our very eyes.

The ancient Chinese knew that there is a mysterious, deeply hidden way in which people were affected, for better or worse, by the position of inanimate objects. Modern behavioral psychology confirms this eons old wisdom and supports the claim that the way our surrounding looks really does affect our mood. For this reason alone, interior design is one of the most important phrases of the modern age. Even though this term is no more than a century old, it has come to play a significant role in our everyday. Here is how it all started and how it got where it is now.

 

Origins

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Although they might not have had design schools and professional designers, it is more than obvious that even some of the world’s earliest civilizations relied heavily on the notion of interior design. Men and women with great taste were all that was ever needed for this seed to be planted. Since it is universally known that Greeks were perfectionists, rules of proportions were always honored to the letter in the earliest interior design.

 

The progressive era

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At the same time at which various modernist movements were in power in Europe, the U.S. lived through their own golden age called “the progressive era.” It was then, that this (still relatively young) nation began its climb towards the summit. Because of their rapid economic development ever single pore of their society was advancing so it is no coincidence that this also gave birth to the interior design. Amongst the pioneers of interior design was Elsie de Wolfe. Her famous book “The House in Good Taste” published in 1923 was basically a manifesto of the earliest interior designers.

 

The 1930s

Even though interior design was not a force to be reckoned with from the very beginning, it wasn’t until 1930s that the next stage, in its history, was ready to begin. It was also in 1930s that the very term interior designer was coined by the prestigious “Interior Design and Decoration” magazine. This was a significant milestone since a phrase interior designer was finally able to replace the derogatory term decorator. However, the greatest step forward was a fact that in mid 1930s some of the most renowned design schools became universally recognized.

 

The next milestone

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When it comes to the advancement of interior design as science or even art, as some like to refer to it, the next milestone came in the 1970s and 1980s. Although interior design was generally accepted part of everyday life back in the days it wasn’t until the late 20th century that it had undergone a proper standardization. This was conducted by The Foundation for Interior Design Educational Research (FIDER). However, since you can never objectivize an aesthetic form, all this standardization did was create some norms to govern standards for the education of future designers. It also gave designers tools with which to examine the effectiveness of interior design professionals.

 

The modern interior design

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Still, the history of interior design is written every day. We have come a long way from where we were back then, however the road ahead of us is even longer. Today, it would be completely obscene to imagine the world without interior designers. This widespread acceptance led to the creation of different branches of interior design like universal design, healthcare design, educational and institutional design and many others. Another great step towards the brighter future lies in the fact that today interior design is getting more and more turned towards the environmentalism and self-sustainability. We truly live in an exciting time.

It is now possible to buy L’ Air de Panache perfume. That is the exact same perfume that Mister Gustave H from the Grand Budapest Hotel uses daily. That is one of the ways to pepper your life with details from the Anderson’s movies. If the perfume is not enough, you can use Anderson’s movies and decorate your entire home in the same style. Here are some useful tips on how to use décor from three major Anderson’s movies and implement it in your home.

The Grand Budapest Hotel

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Choose the color pallet that includes pink and blue, red and purple and black and brown. There are many ways that you can use these color combinations in your home. For example, purple and red can be a color pattern on your carpets. Pink and blue can find their way into your kitchen. Black and brown are easy enough to implement anywhere.
Combine patterns. You can combine floral patterns with stripes, just like in Agatha’s room. Less is more in this case. Combined patterns will work better on details than on entire walls or floors.
Drapes and wallpapers are present throughout the movie. The drapes are heavy and the wallpapers have floral patterns. Besides wallpapers, some of the walls are decorated with animal trophies. Now you can find fake animal trophies or eco-leather animal masks.

Moonrise Kingdom

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Plaid pattern is all over the Moonrise Kingdom. While you don’t want it on your shirts, some plaid curtains for your kitchen can work perfectly.

Brown and ochre are the colors you should choose to make your home resemble Moonrise Kingdom. Dark red is also important in this movie. You can use it in the combination with white. It will work perfectly for linens, pillow cases and bed covers.

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Records and the record player, round crocheted rug and the sailboat pattern are movie décor details that you can use in your home. Also, anything related to the wilderness or scouts is essential for this look.

The Royal Tenenbaums

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The movie switches from warm tones: red, yellow and ochre brown, to cool tones: blue, teal and white. That is what you need to do if you want to mime The Royal Tenenbaums color pallet.

A vintage sofa with floral pattern in warm tones would be a nice touch. Also, lampshades in the corner of your room would make it seem like a place from this movie. Patchwork duvet covers are an inexpensive way to do this, as well.

Throughout the movie, there are many scenes that feature collections of different sorts: books, board games and vintage frames for kids’ drawings. This means that this is the perfect moment to display your collections. And basically – the 60’s and early 70’s inspiration is the way to go here and throughout most of Wes’s movies.

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It is fun to get inspired by movies when it comes to decorating your own home. This doesn’t mean that you need to copy the exact pieces of furniture, wallpapers or colors. Using similar color patterns, styles and ideas and tailoring them to suit your taste and your home will be just enough. You will get a dash of the atmosphere from the movie and still keep your personal touch to your home.