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A breath of fresh air: The importance of bringing the outdoors in

A breath of fresh air: The importance of bringing the outdoors in

Nature has long served as inspiration for interiors, popping up year after year on home décor trend reports. But bringing the outdoors in isn’t just a pretty fad – it also comes with bags of benefits.  It’s more important than ever to use green tones and natural landscapes in your home, as research continues to reveal how vital it is to get a daily dose of nature. NASA has proven indoor plants, natural fabrics and wooden furniture can help boost immunity and relaxation, while another study revealed that green or natural features can increase well-being by 15%.  Plus, nature-inspired interiors continue to climb in relevancy as we struggle to get outside as often as we need to. A report has found that people in developed countries spend 90% of their time indoors, while another highlighted that 75% of UK children spend less time outside than prison inmates.  So when you can’t get outside, featuring natural inspiration in your home can serve as the second best thing. To create that all-important connection to the outdoors, we’ve put together six ways you can use earthy elements in your home.  Planet-inspired palettes  Fill your home with colours inspired by the great outdoors – we’re talking greens, blues, browns and yellows, which all nod to nature in its various forms. If you want to keep in vogue, try using Pantone’s Colour of the Year 2017 – ‘Greenery’. The zesty shade is reminiscent of fresh spring foliage and can be either used in accessories or to coat feature walls.  

How to channel maximalism impact

How to channel maximalism impact

Are you lured to rich color and luxurious texture like a moth to a flame? There’s no denying that the interior design world has been having a long-standing affair with the minimalistic movement that has left its mark on many homes and businesses that are dripping in neutral shades, clean lines and simplistic décor. But this year, drama is back with audacious flair.  The common stance of less is more has been turned on its head with the unashamedly theatrical maximalism look being embraced by interior aficionados. The rebellious trend laughs in the face of notorious color and pattern combination rules, known for its eclectic style. Anything goes, with the door wide open for you to play with different shades, prints and textures in extravagant fashion.  That’s not to say that minimalism is out – in fact, these opposite aesthetics are both in vogue, competing to be the design style of choice. But if you’re craving vibrant color and rooms bursting full of character, this trend is for you. Here’s how to rock modernism at its finest.  Utilise every inch of space  Think about every element of the room. To create a space that mesmerises, your walls, floors, skirting boards and ceiling all have to play a part. Lend inspiration from designers such as Kit Kemp, Timorous Beasties and House of Hackney who nail maximalism in flamboyant fashion.  Master pattern play  Clash those patterns – it’ll certainly make an impression. Pair bold botanic with leopard and oversized stripes with ditsy florals – go on, we dare you. Baroque touches won’t go amiss either, nor will geometric accents. Everything goes in the world of maximalism.  

Riviera-inspired interior ideas | Photowall

Riviera-inspired interior ideas | Photowall

It’s the time of year when thoughts naturally turn toward sunnier climes and rest and relaxation for that hard-earned annual break. But whether you’re holidaying this summer or not, there’s no reason why you can’t bring the continent to your interior – and with the Tour de France currently under way, there’s no better time to look toward French chic interiors to inspire your inner designer. The French Riviera is known for its glamour and intricate architectural detail – and we’ve taken a look at how you can channel its effortless styling secrets in your home.  Simply does it  Invest in a backdrop that’s uncomplicated in its color palette and let vibrant-hued accessories inspired by the Mediterranean do the talking. The simpler the palette, the more ‘calm’ a room can inspire. Opt for accent features like French Provincial pottery and wrought iron décor to perfectly set off the pale colors of the walls.  Feeling blue  Blue gradient swatches are integral for Riviera-inspired interior. For the ultimate in French chic interior design, think stunning far-reaching sea views and wall-to-wall sunshine and recreate that summer feeling. Go bold with hues reminiscent of the ocean for your feature wall and add muted, complementary tones and paired-back accessories with it. The effect of faux painting techniques like sponging and color washing will add layers of intrigue and give the look of textured stucco.  

Shabby Chic, the soft romantic style of your room

Shabby Chic, the soft romantic style of your room

The shabby chic interior style may have that vintage appearance, but it still has that soft, luxurious, cottage-style decor. Shabby chic interior styleVintage, soft and feminine. Those are the words that best describe the shabby chic interior style and one of the most popular trend in the design industry. One may find the style romantic and elegant. This style emerged in the 1980s in United Kingdom which was conceptualized and popularized by the British designer Rachel Ashwell. Having this interior design style in your home is easy to achieve and may not be that expensive. Bring out all those old and unused items and furniture and with a little imagination and creativity, transform your home into something exhilarating. You will surely love the ideas of the shabby chic interior style.Some of the highlights of the Shabby Chic interior styleThe shabby chic interior style may be compared with the other vintage style of interior decoration, such as the French Country Interior Design. Just think of the shabby chic as a vintage style with a twist to make it more appealing and exciting. “Shabby” is the word that you should not think of negatively. This is one aspect in the shabby chic interior style that will greatly add elegance and luxury into your home.   Here are some of the highlights of the shabby chic interior style:1. The vintage appearance of this design is attributed to the use of furnishings with signs of wear and distress.2. Fabrics are commonly in cottons and old French linen. The usual colors are white and pastels to make the room soft and bright.3. The rooms may look more romantic with the use of decorative items such as pillows in vintage fabric, linens, chandeliers and others that have rose as their design.4. The shabby chic interior style may likewise be considered eclectic but in a harmonious way to instill that soft, romantic and feminine appearance.Why many love the shabby chic interior styleShabby chic interior style can be defined and illustrated in many ways, but it is the experience which defines the interior style. It is an interior design style wherein old furniture and furnishings are the highlights of the rooms.Shabby chic was first coined in the 1980s by the British designer, Rachel Ashwell. She popularized the term in the United States and even used it as her business name and eventually trademarked it in 1989. This interior design style was inspired by the large country houses as well as the other vintage designs, wherein the use of old and worn furniture, curtains, paintings and other decorative items are popularly used.Nowadays, the need for materials to be recycled, upcycled, and repurposed may be fulfilled with the use of shabby chic interior style into your home. In addition to the furniture and other furnishings, the colors that this style use make the rooms elegant and luxurious especially when they are mixed and matched with the home furnishings. Once things are in their proper places, the rooms of your home will appear comfortable, charming, relaxed and warm.  Shabby chic interior style ideas that will captivate your heartsThere are no strict rules to follow in creating a Shabby chic interior style in your home interior. So, time to chill and unleash that artistic talent of yours! The first step is to check your old decorative items and furniture that you haven’t used for some time. See if there are things that can be upcycled, reused or repurposed. If you think you still need more, visit yard sales or antique shops and surely you can get good quality items at a lower price. Who says that you have to spend more to have an elegant and luxurious interior? Here are some shabby chic interior style ideas for you and your family:1. The use of white and pastel colors in your rooms can easily be matched with different colors. The more white used the more your rooms will have the shabby chic appearance.2. Flowers placed in appropriate places and used as a décor will make the rooms more feminine in appearance which is one of the key features of the shabby chic interior style.3. Use furniture that are distressed or worn out to have that vintage quality of the interior design style.4. Make use of freestanding dressers and decorate them with a combination of vintage and not so old items such as jars, ceramics and vases.5. Check antique stores for beds, chairs and lamps made from wrought iron.6. The addition of mirrors could create an illusion of having a bigger room. The use of antique mirrors will do the trick of having a larger room at the same time the vintage appearance of the shabby chic interior style.7. Check antique shops for any vintage such as chandeliers, artworks, linens, practically anything and use them in your rooms.8. You can actually experiment on anything. Creativity and resourcefulness are the key words in achieving the style that you are dreaming of.Happy decorating!Photo: Hutomo Abrianto, Unsplash.

Go all black and white in the bathroom

Go all black and white in the bathroom

The black and white bathroom provides and elegant, classic, yet timeless appearance. We have written here the information that you need about incorporating black and white in the bathroom.Incorporating black and white in the bathroomIt is common in many homes that the bathroom is one of the last spaces in the house that is paid attention to. It is also true that many would want to have luxurious bathroom such as adding spa and other amenities. Unfortunately, many homeowners do not have the luxury of expanding their bathrooms due to various reasons such as limited space and budget. What to do now? The only thing left is the color scheme which you can remedy to have a new look for the bathroom. Go timeless with black and white and this color combination is suitable to any interior design style.The meaning of black and whiteIt is interesting to know that black and white are not mere colors, but represents and signifies various things. Who would know that these colors may likewise affect the subconscious and behavior of people. For many years, black and white have been treated as colors that oppose each other. In Yin and Yang the two colors are featured that represent the balance in the universe. Even in the popular film Star Wars, these two colors represent good and evil as portrayed in the costumes of Darth Vader and Luke Skywalker. However, let us not restrict the two colors to good and bad for they may also mean other things such as power and rank. In martial arts, black belt represents someone who have mastered the art and white belt is someone who is just beginning to learn it. Black and white are closely associated with each other. They are interconnected and interdependent with each other especially in the natural world.  he psychological relevance of black and whiteIn interior design, color evokes various emotions such as calmness, excitement, love, balance, happiness, and sadness. The most basic colors, clack and white for instance, have a wide range of meaning and these are universal significance of the colors. White represents purity, hygiene, goodness, and innocence. Black on the other hand represents danger, evil, sadness. Both colors are treated as positive and negative. Black and white should not be treated as opposing or competing colors. They are always regarded as colors that complement each other. One is not complete without the other one.In interior design, the choice of colors we do for the rooms may have effects on the emotions and mood of its inhabitants. Black is a neutral color that can be bold, mysterious, strong, and depressing. On the other hand, white is pure, clean, pristine, and innocent. These contrasting traits of black and white create the balance that a room requires. Opposites attract, as it is commonly said and as such, black and white can provide an atmosphere that cannot be provided by other colors. Black and white bring dynamic mood and freshness in interior decorating. Rooms in these colors appear neutral, stylish and ideal for both sexes.Black and white ideas for the bathroomOne thing for sure in using black and white in the bathroom, things will never go wrong. The color combination has been used in bathrooms for many years and can be considered as timeless and can still compete with current trends.  Here are some ideas on how to go with black and white bathroom:1. Black panelling – panelling is often used as wall covering in interior design styles such as seaside, shabby chic, and country. This can provide a light and neutral backdrop that looks better than paint or tile. Black panelling can provide drama to the bathroom and is suitable in traditional and contemporary bathrooms.2. Black bathroom furniture – if the porcelain in the bathroom are in plain white, add black furniture pieces so that it will contrast the space.3. Mirrors – one of the best ways to add light to your black and white bathroom is to install a mirror that can reflect the space.4. Monochrome floor tiles – this is one of the black and white ideas that can be considered timeless. This can be achieved by alternating plain black and white tiles. This would create a pattern and can look like a chess board.5. Black porcelain – want to be a non conformist? It is common to have white basin, toilets and bath as the color symbolizes purity and cleanliness. However, the use of black porcelain can create a visual striking appearance that you will love.

These home office ideas will inspire you to be more creative

These home office ideas will inspire you to be more creative

Working from home has become a trend nowadays. Here we will provide you with home office ideas that will make you love to work from the comfort of your home.Working from homeThere are many good reasons why many people prefer to work from the comforts of their home. Most individuals who do this are those who are working remotely. However, there are valid reasons why they prefer working from home:1. No time to waste in commuting – studies have shown that due to the worsening traffic conditions worldwide have caused loss in terms of money since employees’ attendance have become a serious problem. When employees cannot come to work on time, their productivity is also compromised. Employees will also save money in gas and/or public transportation. In terms of productivity, studies have also shown that people tend to be 13% more productive when they are working at home as compared to those who are in-office.   2. Employees are happier – many people are now talking about work-life balance. There are even seminars about work-life balance. Workers lose a lot of their quality time with their families because of office work. In most cases, even if the employee stays in the office for only 8 hours daily, they come home tired and stressed out for many reasons. These include the stressful office environment, colleagues, and the traffic condition. So working from home have solved this problem in such way that the stress level that you daily receive from the office is lessened and that you will have more time with yourself and your family.3. Power of the internet – nowadays, the internet is a very powerful tool in gathering information and communication. Unlike before, employees really need to go to the office so that they may be able to get all the data they need for their work. Now with the use of certain applications and tools, you need not worry in getting the things you need for your work.4. Save a lot of money – aside from the money that you can save from transportation, you may also need less office space or not at all. In that case the money that you save can be used in other more important things such as travel expense and other work related matters.5. If you are the employer, your employees will love you – just a simple logic...happy employees will stay. Studies have shown that employees are happier when working at home due to many benefits. In that case, employees tend to be more loyal to the company and will be more productive. Employees will be able to provide you with more good quality of work since they are more relaxed. Home office ideas that you will loveWorking from home is becoming a trend nowadays due to many good reasons. Likewise, many businessmen either work from home all day or work even when they are not in the office. When it comes to working at home, there are many benefits, as well as some challenges such as focusing and being productive. This is true especially if you have kids at home and you are trying to work in the bedroom or in the living room. You may find it hard to concentrate and focus on your work.Having your own separate work area or work space at home can be the most important key factor in order for you to be able to work properly and producing good quality of work and at the same time having the privacy that you needed in order to accomplish your assigned tasks.Many of us do not have the designated space in our home to be converted into a work space, but if you have one then you would not have that much problem in utilizing that space. For those of us who do not have that space in our homes, here are some awesome home office ideas that you will find very useful to enjoy the benefits of working from your home.1. Corner spot – adding a small desk or computer table beside the window of your bedroom or any room in your house can create a fun and brilliant work space. Just add some decorations such as plants and flowers to make it more vibrant as well as benefiting from the psychological and physical effects of plants.2. Customizing your work space – another fun home office idea is by customizing or personalizing your work space. By adding design and/or decorations that would help you focus more in your work will do the trick. You can use a vision board to help you be inspired and focused in your work.3. Using the closet – who says that the closet are for clothes only? With a little imagination and creativity you can transform your closet into a small work space. You can likewise customize it so that working would be fun.4. Wall mounted desk – another innovative home office idea is by utilizing the wall. Most of us do not have extra room which you can transform into an office, but you nay have a blank wall space that you can use. A wall mounted desk can create your ideal work space and at the same time you will have one less blank wall space.5. Office in the attic – only possible of you have an attic in your house. You can use the attic as your personal work space, and just add the things that you need, such as desk, chair, shelves, and the likes. Personalize it so that it will be more inspiring to work. Do not forget to use bright colors to make the room more lively and vibrant.6. Organizers – for you to prevent or minimize the clutter in your work space, you may use baskets or boxes as organizers for your office stuffs. At the same time, hope that you will be able to maintain the clutter less environment of your office.Remember that these are just home office ideas to help you in having your own work space at home. You can come up with your own design and style as long as they may be able to help you get focused and motivated in your work. Working is more fun at home and not to mention the practicality of it in terms of time and money. Have fun!

How to Make Your Bedroom Calming and Relaxing

How to Make Your Bedroom Calming and Relaxing

How to make your bedroom calming and relaxingThe bedroom has many functions, but primarily, the room is for sleeping and relaxing. Though sometimes the room may have a nook for reading or working. There are countless ways to decorate the bedroom, and above all else, the room should be able to promote relaxation and sleep. It is without a doubt that a good night sleep is an essential element of healthy living. There are many people who are having hard time in getting a deep sleep and studies have shown that some of the factors are the design and decorations of the bedroom. Various references show different ways in decorating the bedroom to make it more appropriate for sleeping and relaxing. Therefore, when deciding to decorate the room, be sure to make it calming so that the occupants may be able to have a good night’s sleep.Here we have some of the bedroom designs that you will find interesting to make it more calming and relaxing.Opaque window coveringsDaylight is important in every home. It makes the home interior warm and cozy, especially for those who experience winter and long nights. In the bedroom, it is highly recommended to have blackout shades for the windows. Studies have shown that the body repairs and recharges itself while sleeping. In order to do so effectively, the body needs darkness. There are actually many options to blackout the bedroom and these may also filter enough light so you will still be able to experience natural sunshine in the morning as well as some privacy.Calming color paletteMany homeowners prefer warm colors to make the home interior cozy and inviting. However, when it comes to the bedroom, cooler hues are the better choice. Cool colors such are blue and green are know to provide calming effects. Blue, lilac and cool shades of gray are known to promote rest. In contrast, warm hues are energizing and have the tendency to keep you up all night.Less is moreThere is truth to the saying “less is more”. Keep the bedroom decor at the minimum.  For example, a huge canvas print of something you're passionate about is a good option, a visual of something you love is always relaxing after all. Too much decor in the bedroom may tend to be stressful and may accumulate clutter. As such, sleeping may be difficult as there may be too much distractions. Get rid of the clutter around the bed as keeping the bedroom clear will likewise clear your mind at the end of the day.

Experience Space Adventure With Space-Themed Rooms

Experience Space Adventure With Space-Themed Rooms

Experience space adventure with space-themed roomsA lot of kids, and probably adults, dream of experiencing the adventures of being in the outer space. Imagine seeing the stars and planets while cruising in a space transport. Widen your imagination and think of having adventurous encounter with aliens or even shooting lasers with enemies. Of course, being actually in space may be a far fetched dream. However, who says you cannot have a space adventure even in your own home. If you are looking for an adventure packed room, a space-themed room is one of the themes that you can incorporate in your home. One of the easiest ways to do this is through wall decorations. Any child that loves space, rockets planets, stars, and comets will truly enjoy this design motif. Hang up astronomy wall murals or space posters. This theme is ideal in the bedroom, but can also be used almost anywhere. Space-themed ideas can add a bit of sci-fi adventure in the playroom, bathroom, game room, or any other room in the house where you want it to be incorporated. Here are some interesting and fun ideas on how and what to add in your rooms so kids and other family members will be able to experience and enjoy outer space in their own rooms.Planetary PrintablesDecorating your rooms does not always need to be that expensive. Sometime you can actually make it beautiful without spending anything. You can have your own printed photos of various art ideas and have them displayed in your own room. Examples of printable pictures are celestial map, space suit, stars, NASA, and probably a map of the moon. Space inspired furnishingsIf you want your room to be fun and adventure-filled, space inspired furnishings must also be incorporated. These furnishings can help you create another world for your child. Also, some of the space-themed furnishings would even be easy to do yourself. Existing furnishings can also be added with space-themed touches to make them more appropriate for the room’s theme. Examples of which are moon cradle or bed, rocket and alien drawer, moon and stars stacking shelves, and moon and stars headboard.Lighting with starsHaving realistic stars and galaxies in your room also means having the right lighting. Incorporate celestial lighting with different outer-space themed lamps and lighting in the room. You may add the following attractive lighting: rocket lamp, constellation in a jar, astro star light projector, paper star lantern, moon in my room, and solar system mobile light. Not only that these light look great in your room, but they also create great effects. Outer space decorsFor you to be able to complete a space-themed room, attractive and vibrant decorative items will make the room look better. From curtains to display items to bedding, there are plenty decorative items that you can make or purchase that can make the room look more spacey. Here are some items that you can use: Starry curtains, outer space photo frames, solar system clock, spacecraft chalkboard, satellites canvas prints, space themed growth chart, and many others.Outer space wall artThe wall is the great part of the room where you can add your space-themed wall décor. You can actually incorporate decals, glow-in-the-dark planetary alignments. These decorative items can make the room look even more interesting. Remember that these items may not be that expensive, and you can create your own eventually, provide that you have the materials needed. If by the time you no longer want the theme in your room, these can be removed easily. Some examples of wall art that you can add are outer space wall decals, galaxy wallpaper mural, solar system wall decals, and many others.

Smart and Modern Interior Designs with Room Dividers

Smart and Modern Interior Designs with Room Dividers

There are various ways to spice up your interior to make it more attractive and cozy. Sometimes, accent pieces are the key. A beautiful vase with fresh flowers may do the trick, or a huge canvas print for your own feature wall, or a uniquely-patterned rug. These are just a few options. If you happen to have a big space and at a cross on how to possibly fill it up, room dividers are definitely a great option for you.Smart and modern interior designs with room dividersMany individuals nowadays prefer living in an apartment with open floor plan as this may be cheaper and more practical. Another good thing about having an open floor plan is that you get the freedom to decide how the space will appear. Whether you have an open floor plan or simply want to create a more private and cozy spaces in your home, the addition of room dividers can create the room you have been dreaming of. There are actually many ways to create the right room dividers. A number of which need not be that expensive, therefore no need to worry in creating beautiful spaces if you are tight on the budget. The only thing you need is to visualize the whole space and be creative in designing it with room dividers. What are room dividers?Room dividers are screen or particular furniture pieces arranged in a way that divides a room into separate areas. These are used by architects, designers, and homeowners as well, as means to divide the space into separate areas. There are actually various types of room dividers which you can use in your space. Examples are cubicle partitions, shoji screens, shelves, plants and walls. They can also be made from different materials available, such as wood, fabrics, or mirrors. Whatever room divider you decide to incorporate in your home, they all serve the same purposes: divide rooms and efficiently use the space within the room, as accents to add character, create privacy, and to decorate the rooms. Room divider is not a new thing in the world of interior design. Records have shown that dividers have been used in China during the 7th century in the form of folding room screens. These were generally used by royalty and were heavy and ornate such that they were not moved around. Japanese began using lighter and more portable room dividers in the 8th century. These were mainly used in various practices such as tea ceremonies, religious events and outdoor processions. European travelers have their own version with the use of wood, leather, silk, and mirrors. Today, room dividers have been widely used in many establishments and spaces, to serve the same reasons. 

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