They say that love is blind, but that certainly doesn’t mean you should decorate the home you love like you’re blind. That being said, experimenting with your style can not only teach you more about what you like, but it can reveal some rather unique but surprisingly perfect pairings. In other words, decorating your home in a little bit like dating when you’re young.
February is the month of love, and some romantic relationships have certainly begun as unlikely pairings. So we’ve decided to list some of the top unlikely home trend pairings that have ended up working beautifully together.
Modern and Western
Close your eyes and imagine your beautiful Western furniture next to modern wall art. That doesn’t always conjure up a pretty picture, does it? Now imagine that modern wall art is a poster-sized portrait of the Grand Tetons or the Colorado Rockies. Doesn’t that seem better? Modern trends and old-school Western decor can work well together. The key is to not overdo it and to pair items that will complement, not complicate, each other.
Blue and Black
They are lovely colors on their own, especially for home decorating. But most people are of the opinion that blue and black don’t pair well together in a home. But they do (especially darker blues), and there really are no “rules” for making it work—you’ll know it when you see it. Just steer clear of using a shade of navy that is so dark it looks black (for obvious reasons).
Green and Pale Peach
If you own a lot of Southwest furniture, you’re probably used to decorating with bold, bright hues. But skipping the turquoise or sunny yellow for something a little more subtle will put you in a more relaxed state of mind, which is probably what you’re going for when you’re at home. If these colors don’t seem like they’d match, imagine a picture of a cactus set against a pink and peach sunset and you’ll see what we mean.
Marble and Brass
Marble and brass became a more commonly used combination a few years ago. Since 2015, the trend had dominated kitchens and bathrooms. There’s just something about something as natural and clean as marble teamed up with something industrial like brass that simply works.
Lavender and Teal
If you have a small, subtle space—like a home office alcove, a bathroom, laundry room or even an entryway—don’t rule out going for lavender with a pop of teal. This could be as dramatic as painting the walls lavender and getting teal accessories, or you could make it more subtle and simply combine the two hues while you decorate.
Two Contrasting Area Rugs
Newsflash: Your decorative rugs don’t have to match. In fact, your entire home might look better if they don’t. Pick rugs that have one or two of the same hues to visually tie them together, then deck your floors and hallways out with rugs in contrasting patterns.
Mismatched Dining Room Chairs
There’s nothing wrong with buying sets of furniture that match, but a home full of nothing but coordinated pieces can seem a bit stuffy. One easy solutions is to swap out your matching dining room chairs for chairs that don’t match each other. It actually looks more put together than you might think. To really draw attention and add comfort, replace two of your dining room chairs with a bench.
Peacock Blue and Leafy Green
No matter how much or where you try this odd color combination, you’ll be surprised by how good the two hues look when they’re together. They make your space seem more contemporary.
A Bright Accent Wall in a Neutral Room
Most people are content to leave the main rooms of their homes filled with neutral hues. But to liven things up, try adding a vibrant color to one wall. If that seems like too much of a commitment, you can always paint on a shape and decorate around it. But typically, a bright wall in a room full of browns and beiges livens it right up.
A Rustic Cabin and a Chandelier
If you’re lucky enough to own a cabin, you’ve probably devoted your time to keeping it cozy and filled with comfortable cabin furniture. For a little (hopefully positive) shock value, install a beautiful chandelier in your living or dining area. It doesn’t have to be anything especially intricate, but seeing the chandelier in your space will make the entire cabin seem a little more sophisticated. The soft lighting you’ll see in your cabin will be just a beautiful bonus.
Remember, your home is unlike anyone else’s. Therefore, you will definitely know which of these tips are realistic for you and which simply aren’t feasible in your space. But never stop experimenting with your decorating, because you never know what just might work.
With the arrival of each new year, everyone stops to take stock of what is and isn’t working in their lives, and that includes their home. And while major renovations and remodels in every room are always tempting, what matters most is often the place where you spend the most time. Since you spend roughly one third of your life sleeping, by default, which would be your bedroom.
Whether you last made changes to your bedroom six months ago or sixteen years ago, you can probably admit that a change would do it some good. More often than not, people sacrifice redecorating their bedrooms for other more visible ventures—new handmade furniture in the dining room, painting the exterior, new hardwood floors, or even vacation homes or new cabin furniture.
It’s 2017, and we’re officially giving you permission to focus on yourself and the space where you get dressed, relax, and dream. The ultimate master suite makeover is easier than you think. We’ll break it down into small steps you can take, and by the end of the year you’ll feel like you have a whole new bedroom.
First, Find Inspiration
This is the most fun part. Browse blogs, buy design magazines, and look at endless Pinterest pictures. Narrow it down to two or three images you really love and best represent the look and feel you want to create.
Once you have your inspirational images, make a list of the elements you enjoy most about them. Focus on specific furniture styles, colors and accessories you want in your bedroom. This will help you figure out what you want quickly.
Next, Focus on Furniture
If you’re on a budget, you may not be able to afford entirely new furniture—but unless you’ve got a major issue (your bed hurts your back, for example), you won’t need it. Freshen things up by adding new nightstands, an armchair or a bench at the foot of the bed. If your bed doesn’t need replacing but you’re tired of the way it looks, you can always invest in a new headboard (or make a DIY version).
Decide What to Keep, What to Revamp and What to Buy
Take a look at each item in your bedroom with fresh eyes. Decide what will work with your new theme, what definitely won’t, and what will, with a little effort (a coat of paint, reframing a photo, repurposing accent furniture). Once you have your “keepers,” you can plan accordingly.
Decorate Those Walls
Painting your walls will make a huge difference in the way your room looks. If you don’t want to commit to painting all four walls, an accent wall will look beautiful. Then pick out paintings, pictures or other decorative items you want to hang on the walls.
Choose Better Lighting
Lighting has a huge influence on a room, especially your bedroom. Keeping overhead lighting to a minimum or at least using low wattage bulbs will help keep the room feeling relaxing and mellow. Try some bedside lamps or sconces that offer practical reading light and ambient light.
Look at Your Linens
First, although they won’t be seen by the outside eye, you should definitely invest in new sheets. After all, is there anything better than crawling into a newly made bed with fresh, crisp linens? Good quality sheets aren’t cheap, but they also go on sale often. Add a cozy new quilt or duvet and some accent pillows and you’ll be in love with your new bed, even if the mattress and frame are several years old.
Put Up Window Treatments
Adding new window treatments will really allow your bedroom to feel pulled together. Draperies are a classic choice, and many times they’re also the best choice. They add a fullness and softness nothing else can. Roman shades are another beautiful and classic choice.
Finish With Feng Shui
Whether or not you’re a believer, feng shui is an ancient practice that has a huge following. Researching its roots is fascinating. And while it would be impossible to incorporate every concept into your home, there are definitely a few things you can do to make your bedroom more peaceful. Try the following:
- Don’t store anything under your bed. According to feng shui, every item has its own energy. The more things you pile under the bed, the less space there is for your own energy to pass through while you sleep. Of course, if you have no other storage options, you won’t have a choice. Just keep the area under your bed as clear as possible.
- Let go of the past. Keeping treasured items and mementos is one thing, but keeping items out of obligation or reluctance to let go will just weigh you down, emotionally and otherwise.
- Don’t skip out on the headboard. The head of your bed should feel purposeful, so having a headboard is important, even if it’s a DIY one.
- Fix things that are broken. It’s easy to push aside small problems like squeaky doors, but you’ll feel so much better once everything is done.
Home is where the heart is, and when your home seems cheerful and cozy, that seems especially true. And if you’ve ever walked into a house that just “felt” happy, you know that it really can make all the difference in how you feel when you’re there. Happiness might be a feeling, but you’d be surprised at the impact the colors, Western furniture and decor you use in your rooms can contribute to that feeling.
Could your home stand to improve in the happiness department? You don’t have to spend a fortune on new decor or buy sage in bulk. Just incorporate some of these 10 tips to suit you and watch your family’s smiles increase.
1) Choose colors that flatter. No, we’re not talking about the contents of your closet. But just like you buy clothing that you look best in, it’s important to decorate your rooms with colors that flatter your mood as well. If you enjoy yellow and orange hues and they make you look and feel your best, a sunny room full of Southwest furniture might be your best bet. If lavender makes you relax, deck your master bathroom out in light purple.
2) Choose furniture with curves. Here’s a tip: Round shapes make a space feel inviting. They soften a room and make the space feel more inviting and livable. That doesn’t mean you have to go out and buy all new furniture, but if you own any round pieces, play them up.
3) Decorate with what you love. It sounds like simple advice, but it really does make a huge difference. Buy only things you love and you know you’ll never tire of. If you truly enjoy something, you will find a place for it in your home.
4) Weed through your books and family heirlooms. We hold on to books that once brought us joy and things that have been handed down to us because of the sentimental value. But that can do more harm than good. Books carry a surprising amount of emotional weight, and so do family heirlooms you’re no longer using. It can be hard to part with these things, but it’s much harder to keep them and allow them to take up precious space. Take a deep breath and try to find them loving homes. If you can’t bear to part with something, at least give it a makeover or a fresh coat of paint. Handmade furniture never goes out of style.
5) Make a colorful statement in your entryway. This is the first area you see when you open your front door, so make your foyer fabulous. Place a colorful bench in eyesight or dare to paint a wall a bold hue. First impressions count!
6) Go bold in your small spaces. The smaller the room, the more drama you’ll need. Try decorating a small home office or spare bedroom in bright colors or patterns and notice how much happier you feel.
7) Get rid of collections that no longer bring you joy. This can be just as difficult as partying with a precious family heirloom, but it’s so necessary. If you walk into the kitchen and see your collection of antique salt and pepper shakers you haven’t cared for in 15 years, you’ll only feel depressed, anxious or mentally cluttered. Plus, if you display your old collections, you’ll never be able to really mix up your decor or add freshness to your rooms. If it’s no longer in your best interest to keep that collection, get rid of it. You’ll make someone else happy, and that alone should bring you some joy. Plus, you might just make enough cash to buy something new and beautiful for your home.
8) Keep your seating as neutral as possible. When your sofa is a white, light or neutral hue, it feels lighter and more conducive to conversations. A bold-patterned sofa can be distracting and overwhelming. If you have a printed couch, cover the back of it with a cozy throw and keep the rest of your furniture light for balance.
9) Rethink your heavy drapes. This is a matter of personal preference, but heavy drapes can shroud your living room in darkness and collect a lot of dust. Generally, the heavier the window treatments are, the heavier the atmosphere feels in a room. So save the blackout drapes for your bedroom and keep light, airy window treatments in your living room. It really will help.
10) Never underestimate the power of white paint. Think about it: White is associated with light, and when we feel “light,” we feel good. White also reflects light, sending off a prism of color that you may not even be consciously aware of. Dark spaces can transform into cheery areas simply by painting the walls white. If you prefer colorful walls in your home, start by trying out an all-white kitchen. Between the white hues and the delicious things you bake in the oven, you should feel happy whenever you’re there.
Some people don’t go overboard with the family photos, but it’s always nice to keep a few framed photos of the people you love in your home’s common areas. Create a small gallery wall of family and friend photos for your entryway, living room or a common hallway. There’s nothing like seeing the smiling faces of those you love to elevate your mood.
Another summer has slipped by us, and autumn is officially on the horizon. And even though it really seems like we were just saying goodbye to a summer, another year has passed since we last put away the Labor Day home accessories and got out the decorative gourds. And that means a whole new set of fall trends is upon us, and we don’t just mean what’s going in your closet. Fall decorating trends are here, time to just saying goodbye to a summer trends. We’re talking about your tablescapes, your shelves and your Western furniture.
Decorating your home for all is a personal thing, and you can set up your space for the new season any way you’d like. But there just so happen to be some really fun trends this year. Use this guide as an inspiration when you’re filling your rooms with autumn ambiance, and pick your favorites to try.
The New Neutrals
Gone are the days of color coordinated beiges and browns. This year, it’s all about the use of textures and shapes. Colorless design is really striking a chord as new and fresh right now. Think faux fur accessories, textured wallpaper like grasscloth and big blankets draped over the sofa and bed.
The Curated Look
The biggest design trend this fall is definitely the “curated look.” Are you wondering what that means? You’re not alone… and good news, it’s fairly simple. The curated look simply means that you only collect and display what you love. The cost and everything else is irrelevant. Quirkiness and a little whimsy are an added bonus. From unique cabin furniture to the eclectic souvenirs you picked up on your last vacation, your home is your place to display it like a museum collection. The idea is that your authentic personality will come through and make your home shine. Sounds nice, doesn’t it??
Mix and Match Styles
This is another fun fall decor trend for anyone who enjoys thrifting or has a mismatched set of furniture. Instead of sticking to the idea that all interior spaces have to match, take a creative approach and mix your styles. Why not mix old and new or modern with antiques? Most people have been doing this for years, and it seems like the trend has finally caught on.
Go with White on White
In recent years, the fashion world has come to embrace the black on black trend as a classic look. The same is happening with white on white in the interior design world. You can layer several shades of cream or beige together, especially using different textures, and come up with an exciting look. Whoever thought that being could be considered exciting?
Mix Bright Colors
Of course, some of us simply prefer to decorate with bold hues. That’s perfectly fine, and in fact, mixing bright colors is always a great way to accentuate your home without committing to one or two hues. The key is to use colors that connect to each other, even if they don’t match.
Add a Few Flea Market Finds
Will the rustic / upcycled look ever go out of style? We hope not! Add a few flea market finds to your rooms full of contemporary furniture. If you really love a piece of furniture or an accessory, you’ll find a place for it.
Keep Playing WIth Color: Try Bright on Black
Not into neutrals but don’t want to overdo the brights? Bright on black is your solution. It’s easy to add contrast to your home by adding basic elements in black and the colors of your choice. For example, display some bright home accessories on a set of black bookshelves and watch them pop… or paint a wall black or dark gray and watch your wall art come to life.
Find Artisan Accessories
From your unique handmade furniture to those one-of-a-kind accessories you find when you’re out shopping, it’s those original details that will add character to your home.
Enjoy the Return of Americana Design
Remember the days of neutral rooms with handmade, traditional or vintage pieces? Those days are back, and they’re better than ever. This season (and always), it’s all about celebrating handcraftsmanship.
Try Bold Graphic Patterns
Obviously this is a trend to try in one room at a time, but graphic patterns have become the rule rather than the exception. Even traditionalists are learning to embrace the bold prints, even if it just means adding a patterned set of pillows to the sofa or wallpapering a single wall.
That’s right, the quintessential fall fashion trend has transferred to the world of home decor. Tweeds and knits were all over the fall runways and slowly transitioned into other trends. This opens up all kinds of possibilities for upholstery and your soft accessories. Believe it or not, runway trends often make this kind of transition.
Play With Plaid
Speaking of runway trends that have made the transition, plaid has certainly managed to come a long way. If you live in a farmhouse or a country home, try starting small with a plaid comforter in your guest room or some plaid pillows… that is, if you haven’t already done so.
Decorate With Warm Hues
This one is a classic… but just like fall is all about comfort and warmth, it’s also about making your home appear inviting. Whatever colors you use, make sure they cater to a cozy atmosphere.
Unless you were lucky enough to build your own cabin furniture rooms—and sometimes, even if you were—you understand that homes are not “made to order.” As you grow (or shrink) your family, as people move in and out, as your career or hobbies change, your home will change as well. Sometimes a room that served one purpose ends up serving another purpose down the road.
Change is good, even at home. There are so many ways to be adaptable and make your living space work for you. Sometimes something as simple as owning some versatile Western furniture is all it takes, while other room makeovers require a little more effort and ingenuity. But if you’ve outgrown your living space or your life has changed, perhaps it’s time to convert an area of your home into something different.
These are the most common examples of rooms being used for something other than their original purpose. Work these ideas into your own home or use them as inspiration for your next project.
The spare bedroom as a walk-in closet
It’s the dream of every fashion-forward person or anyone who likes plenty of space while they’re getting dressed: a bedroom that has been converted into a closet and dressing room. And believe it or not, it’s easier than you might think. You don’t even have to use the bedroom right next to yours as your closet—as long as you add enough mirrors and drawers full of necessary items, you can walk down the hall or downstairs to get dressed with minimal inconvenience.
To make the conversion, spend some time looking at photos on Pinterest and other interior design sites to get an idea of what you want and what you can make work with the space you have. Remember, you don’t have to go out and spend a fortune on matching shelves and organizers. Old bookcases and custom handmade furniture work just as well—and if you’re concerned about aesthetics, you can always give them a coat of paint.
Dedicate one wall for hanging your clothes—you can have a custom closet installed, but you can also hang the racks yourself. Dedicate one wall to shoes and accessories, with bookcases, shoe racks and wall hooks for your jewelry. Then fill the remaining spaces with mirrors and a lounge chair for spreading your outfit ideas on, folding laundry or just relaxing in your brand new “style sanctuary.” To tie the room together and give it a luxurious look, you can place at ottoman in the center of the room and hang a chandelier above it.
A spare bedroom as a family room
Have you always wanted a second living room to hold your movies, games and other entertainment so that your home’s main gathering area can be a peaceful sanctuary? If you have a spare bedroom in your home, you can. Even a small room can easily be converted into a family room that feels cozy, not cramped.
The best way to go about this is to make sure you’re properly utilizing your space. Select a big, comfortable sofa that will be your only seating, even if that means it takes up half the room. Believe it or not, big furniture in a small room can actually make the room seem bigger. If that’s not an option or you’d prefer to go another route, use a couple of oversized bean bag chairs with an ottoman in between or use other creative seating.
One way to maximize your space is to use an entire wall as your entertainment center and storage. This could mean professionally installed shelving or getting creative with an entertainment center or bookcase you already own. You can even incorporate the wall with the closet to give the appearance of sunken space (and have doors that close for a more neat appearance)/ With one entire wall dedicated to storing your DVDs, books and gaming systems, you’ll have the rest of the room to use as you please… and the rest of your home will stay uncluttered.
To prevent the feeling of being boxed in, get creative with your doors (try rusting swinging doors) or remove them entirely. The goal is to create a den, not a cave!
A dining room as a home office
Formal dining rooms are not for everyone, and that’s perfectly fine. If you prefer to have casual meals with your family at your kitchen table or you never use the space, why not convert it into your home office so you’ll have a dedicated space for bill paying and creative ventures? It’s surprisingly simple.
Paint the walls a peaceful color that simply doesn’t “look” like it belongs in a dining room. Set up a bookcase or armoire to hold your books and office supplies. Place your desk in the very center of the room, free-standing, and get a beautiful area rug (again, non-dining room-like) to use under your desk. Last but not least, pay close attention to the lighting. A chandelier is fine, and in fact, you might already have one in the center of the room that will work. But adding a couple of free-standing lamps will illuminate the room a little better than the dim lighting used for dining purposes could.
As you can see, you can use your home just about any way you choose with the right amount of creativity. You’re never limited by your walls, only by your imagination.
It’s officially spring, when we celebrate the ending of the cold, dark winter and embrace Daylight Savings time and warmer days. As we start to see more bold, beautiful colors outside, it’s only natural to want our homes to seem more colorful and joyful as well. Luckily, there are some easy ways to enhance your home to get it ready for spring.
Take stock of the items in your home. Usually a rustic home with Western furniture uses a lot of earth tones and neutral hues, so it’s easy to spruce things up with some color. If you decorate with Southwest furniture, your home will look beautiful with some bright hues added. There’s something about splashes of color that make a home feel more joyful.
Here are some great ways you can add color and joy to your rooms to celebrate the new season:
Brighten up boring bookshelves.
Line the backs of your bookshelves with printed paper to instantly brighten them up, or give an old set of bookshelves a new coat of colorful paint. In a prominent room like the living room, shelves should always stand out. If you’re satisfied with your shelves’ color, you can add some bright memorabilia to enhance them. Try styling the shelves with more than just books—decorative items like antiques and small vases with fresh flowers will draw people’s eyes to them.
Look at your lighting.
Take brightening up your home literally. Could your rooms benefit for a few more lamps, better lighting than standard track lighting, or a new chandelier? Proper lighting can be a real game-changer for your home, so look into making some improvements.
Brighten up old furniture.
Paint or lacquer the vintage side tables in your living room to give them new life. Paint an old dresser and use it in your kitchen or dining room for extra storage. Getting playful with old pieces adds newness to your home.
Don’t forget about the ceiling.
Are any of the ceilings in your home painted? If not, you may be missing out. Painted ceilings can enhance the entire room. If you’re nervous, start with a subtle color and start in your bedroom. Once you’re more comfortable, you can paint your kitchen ceiling a bolder hue.
Looking for some small, less permanent changes to make your home look brighter? There are plenty of seasonal swaps you can do that can be modified during the fall and winter. Here are some more temporary ideas:
Brighten up your coffee table. Try colorful coasters, bright books and seasonal fresh flowers.
Add some brightly colored pillows to your sofa, loveseat and bed.
Replace the photo frames on your living room’s gallery wall with more colorful options.
Use contact paper to add temporary color to your dinner table. Create a modern look by alternating various colors to run along the center of the dining table. This will be easily removable when you want to mix things up.
Get creative with your spring bouquets. Mix different flowers together and add in a few unexpected elements. One designer adds a sprig of mint to her bouquets to create some added texture.
There are also steps you can take to make your home “feel” more joyful:
Strengthen the connection with your family or the people who live with you. Your home isn’t only walls and furniture, it’s the memories you make with the people you share your space with. Cultivate and strengthen the bond with those that live with you. You can do this by starting new traditions, such as Sunday dinner, a family game night or a weekend pancake breakfast. Having more patience and showing more appreciation for each other will also make your home feel like a joyful place to be.
If you live alone, start entertaining more. Even if your home isn’t “perfect,” your friends and family will appreciate being invited over. Don’t let fear define how you use your space.
Bring elements of nature into your home. Plants, however small, are always a great option. Adding a bird feeder outside your kitchen window will allow you to observe some of nature’s cutest creatures. Make sure you have good drapes, curtains or shades that can be closed for privacy but also allow natural light in.
Last but not least, enjoy your home, whatever condition it happens to be in. Enjoy living in the moment!
Whether you live on a rustic ranch or an urban dwelling, you can always incorporate some aspects of country decor into your home. The classic country look never goes out of style, and it’s also calming, peaceful, fun and affordable. But achieving the classic country look goes beyond Western furniture and antiques. Read on for our best tips.
Handmade furniture is timeless, elegant, and rustic in its own way. It’s often made from reclaimed wood, which lends itself to a classic country look. If you don’t own any handmade pieces, start with some accent tables or upgrade your dining room set. You’ll love the way it looks in your home.
Hang Your Lights Low
Your dining room table and chandelier should be close together. Hang the fixture about 36 inches from the top of the table. And make sure that table is well-lit… you want to be able to see your guests and the food you serve! If your light source takes us less than ¼ the width of the table, go for two identical light fixtures hung above the center of the table.
Forget About Matching Furniture
There’s nothing wrong with matching furniture sets, but to achieve a classic country look, remember that variety is the spice of life. Mismatched furniture evokes the kind of cozy, come-as-you-are feel that you want in a country home. If your rooms are full of nothing but sets, start small. Keep your classic sectional sofa, but replace your coordinated end tables with a mismatched set you find thrifting. Choose pieces with different colors or types of wood. Add a mismatched set of chairs to your dining room table. Eventually you’ll start to have a home that looks more warm and inviting and less like a furniture showroom.
Create the Perfect Gallery Wall
Designing a gallery wall is easier said than done, but if you can master the art, you’ll love the way it looks. Luckily, it doesn’t have to be complicated. Decide if you’d like to stick to photos or if you’d like to mix it up with some other decorative items as well. Browse sites like Pinterest and decor blogs to get inspiration. And remember, the key to a perfect gallery wall is actually imperfection. Forego the perfectly gridded layout and stick to a loose arrangement that will change over time. Just keep one element consistent, such as how far apart you hang the frames.
Perfect the Art of Coffee Table Styling
What kind of coffee table do you have? Does it look like it belongs in a country home? The style matters less than the way it looks in your room. Try to get one that’s about ⅔ the length of your sofa and about as high as the middle of the sofa seat cushion for optimal balance. Then style it like a pro. Every coffee table should have books to play with scale, a basket or small box to hold items, and a few personal decorative touches. You can restyle your coffee table frequently to give your living room a new look.
Become a Florist
Nothing says “country home” like bouquets of fresh flowers. Make a habit of going to the Farmer’s Market, florist shop or grocery store once a week and buying a couple of mixed bouquets. Keep some on the dining room table, in your foyer and wherever else you think needs a little beauty. Imagine waking up to fresh flowers on your nightstand every morning!
Countrify Your Bedding
For a bed that’s both easy to make and aesthetically pleasing, try using three covers: get a neutral coverlet, a patterned duvet and a colorful quilt. Layer one on top of the other. Add a few decorative pillows, but don’t go overboard—four or five pillows is perfect. They look nice and all, but considering you have to make your bed every day, you don’t want it to get too complicated.
Hang Your Bedroom Wall Art Low
Most people tend to hang their wall art too high, especially above the bed. This draws your eyes upward in an awkward way and makes the room look “off.” Mount your wall art about three inches lower than you think you should and you’ll probably be right on target.
If you’re holding off on home improvement projects for any reason—a lack of time, finances or just feeling indecisive—you’re not alone. Most people cannot renovate their rooms on a whim. In the meantime, though, there’s no reason you should be stuck looking at the same old walls and layouts if you’re ready to make a few changes. There are steps you can take, right now, to make your home look better.
Sometimes it’s not about the grand, sweeping gestures in your home. The small details matter, and you can make changes with very little time or money. Here are 10 ideas to get you started:
Rearrange some of your Western furniture. Part of your problem could be simple boredom. If you’ve had the same living room layout for 10 years, of course it’s going to look a bit stale. Play around with other layouts that work until you find one you like. Don’t be afraid to start being more picky with your furniture, either. Your pieces don’t have to match, but if something looks out of place or crowds the room, move it or get rid of it. There’s no need to hold on to the art deco coffee table you got at a yard sale in college if you now have a living room full of Southwest furniture.
Adjust the lighting. Add some lamps to your bedside tables to make your bedroom light less harsh. Swap out your dark curtains for a sheer set. Mix up the lights in your living room. You’ll notice a dramatic difference right away.
Buy some houseplants. Get some plants of different sizes and place them in different rooms i your home. Not only do they look nice, but they’ll improve the oxygen quality.
Make your own headboard. The internet is full of unique headboard inspiration. You can create a DIY version from pallets, panels or fabric, or you can get creative and use a curtain or even a quilt. If you love the headboard in your own bedroom, go DIY on the guest room.
Never underestimate the power of an accent wall. You can paint one wall in a room a different color in a few hours and have a whole new look.
Get a larger area rug. A common decorating mistake that people make is using area rugs that are too small. The bigger the area rug, the bigger your room will look. Give one of your area rugs an upgrade and you’ll see the difference right away.
Refresh your art work. Rearrange your gallery wall or swap out the photos in the frames. Switch out two pieces of art. Replace some of the frames with more colorful options. You can also try leaning something against a wall instead of hanging it.
Style a bookshelf differently. If it’s being used as an actual bookshelf, rearrange your books creatively. Match up the trim sizes and stack some horizontally, for example. Or swap out some decorative items for others. You can restyle a set of shelves every few months to keep your space looking fresh and new.
Try changing the room’s focal point. Every major room in your home has a focal point. You can subtly change it to something else without doing a lot. For example, if your current living room focal point is the television, try changing it to the fireplace by moving seating to face it and hanging a beautiful mirror or print above the mantel. If a room lacks a focal point, you can always make it the art on the wall. Eye-catching wall art always centers a room.
Clear the clutter from your tabletops. It’s fine to decorate those surfaces in your home, but the coffee table, dining room table, side tables and nightstands in your home can get overcrowded easily. In some cases the problem is actual clutter, from piles of bills on the table to a bunch of books by your bedside. The issue also might be a simple matter of too much decor. Think like a minimalist and stick to a few items on your tables… or even nothing at all.
These changes are subtle, but they can end up making a big difference in the way your home looks. You might find you need to do less redecorating than you initially thought to achieve your dream home.
The Pantone Colors of the Year for 2016 have been announced. That’s right, there are two this year, and they’re both amazing for decorating. Pantone chose rose quartz and serenity as this year’s hottest hues, and by incorporating them into your rooms, you can make your home a more tranquil place. It’s been a long time since Pantone picked colors so easy to use for decorating.
Traditionally a rustic home with Western furniture is filled with neutral hues. Luckily, rose quartz and serenity both fit right in. They both pop when put alongside neutrals, especially white and gray. But they’re also both light enough that they won’t try to take over your entire room (unless that’s your goal).
At first glance, these colors might remind you of a country cottage or your grandmother’s bedroom. But when they’re utilized properly, they’re surprisingly modern. Here are some creative ways you can decorate with serenity and rose quartz:
- Add some rose quartz accent furniture. Pantone chose this color because, they said, it’s a “persuasive yet gentle tone that conveys compassion and a sense of composure.” Plus, even though it’s light, it’s just unique enough to be the focal point of any space while adding a softness to the room. Start with an armchair, a side table or a small piece of handmade furniture. Make sure the majority of your space focuses on neutral shades like whites and grays.
If you’re feeling bold, you can get a serenity or rose quartz colored sofa. Both shades are light enough to look more neutral, and a stylish sofa would give your entire living room a makeover. Beware that these color trends tend to come and go fairly quickly, however, and it’s probably better to invest in a sofa that will last for many years.
- Pile a surface with pillows. A couple of serenity pillows on your sofa or a combination of serenity and rose quartz colored pillows on your bed topped off with a white comforter might be the perfect way to subtly add these hues to your home.
- If you’re expecting or preparing a place for a tiny little guest, both rose quartz and serenity can be used in the nursery. You can also use them in an older child’s room. The colors are soft, peaceful and can be considered gender neutral.
- Paint the walls of a room serenity. This color promotes peace and relaxation—in fact, in a press release, Pantone said it picked serenity because it’s “weightless and airy, like the expanse of the blue sky above us.” It doesn’t get more peaceful than that! The calming effects of blue work best when they surround us, so don’t just paint an accent wall if you go this route. Use this hue in your home office, master bathroom or even your bedroom if some of your bedroom furniture is white.
- Add some textiles in the colors. Whether it’s decorative pillows, curtains, a duvet cover or an area rug, textiles add layers to a room that are beneficial in function and visual appeal. They’ll help keep your room cozy and warm all winter, too.
- Keep it super subtle by adding small details in these colors like candles and vases.
- Buy some dishes in one, or both, of the colors so they’ll always be on your table.
- Mix and match the shades and the colors you use to accent them. Since both colors are light, you can add more bold hues to the rest of your room. Mix and match Pantone’s shades with some similar, brighter colors.
- Paint your kitchen cabinets a soft blue serenity hue, especially if you have white walls or white marble countertops. The two colors will complement each other perfectly
- Need more ideas? Look to the ceiling. Painting your ceiling can do wonders for your entire room. To start, try painting your bathroom ceiling rose quartz and your bedroom ceiling serenity.
Whether you would prefer serenity’s relaxing tone or the eye-catching shade of rose quartz, using one or both of these hues in your home is a way to add instant elegance to your space. The key is to figure out what will work for your rooms and to start small.
It’s a three-day weekend for some, meaning many people will enjoy a romantic getaway to celebrate Valentine’s Day this year. But not everyone can pack up and leave for a few days—between work commitments, social obligations and the financial impact, a weekend away just isn’t possible for some. The good news is, you don’t have to leave town to enjoy the nice, relaxing vibe of a romantic spot in paradise. With a few simple touches, you can bring the bed and breakfast to you!
If you create a bed and breakfast atmosphere at home, you won’t have to “escape” anything because you’ll be able to bliss out in your own bedroom. Here’s how to make that happen:
- Keep your home clean. This goes without saying, but clutter and chaos in your home is the last thing you need to relax. Give your home a nice, deep cleaning and clear out the clutter once and for all. Parting with old items can be hard, but dealing with piles, packed closets and littered tabletops is even harder.
- Fill your home with quality items. Invest in good, durable Western furniture that is comfortable and attractive. Put quality linens on your bed. Splurge on the luxurious, super-soft bath towels. This will take time, but if you adapt a “quality over quantity” mantra for your home, you’ll truly love being there. You’ve worked hard for the home you have, and you deserve to enjoy luxury in some form every day.
- Create a peaceful, quiet atmosphere with layering. A B&B ambiance requires peace and quiet. Layers help cushion sound and add comfort to your rooms. Lay some rugs down on your hardwood floors, add curtains to the windows and layer in fabric and textures wherever you can. Keep the TV out of your bedroom if you can—you want it to be a sanctuary for sleep.
- Add decorative details. Part of the charm of a bed and breakfast is the small touches that makes it seem more special than your home. Think lace curtains for your bedroom windows, pillows on the sofa and the bed, and lamps that cast a soft glow.
- Create ambiance with candles. There’s something so soothing about candles, so keep them in every major room of your home. Set a large candle on the coffee table, decorate your dining room table with a candle collection, keep tealights and votives in the bathroom and bedroom, and keep an unscented candle in your kitchen so it doesn’t interfere with the delicious scents of the food you’re making. If you have a fireplace, don’t just let it sit unused….light a fire whenever you get the chance, especially during the winter. If you do decide not to light fires in it, fill it with candles to create the same ambiance.
- Stick to a country theme. The idea of a weekend escape is just that…an escape from the daily grind. That usually means driving to the country, so keep that in mind when you decorate. A few pieces of cabin furniture and some rustic decor should do the trick.
- Create a coffee station in your kitchen. Many times a B&B will have a coffee station downstairs for guests to help themselves to coffee, tea or snacks. You can decorate a small table in your kitchen the same way, with a coffee pot, cups, a condiment tray and small bowls of snacks for your family to enjoy.
- Have breakfast in bed as often as you can. This is the fun part! Take turns with your other half cooking a delicious breakfast to enjoy in bed. For an authentic touch, decorate your trays with flowers in vases and French press coffee. Obviously this won’t happen every day, but breakfast in bed makes a great start to a weekend.
- Don’t forget the flowers. It’s such a small detail, but it’s so important. Have you ever stayed at a B&B that didn’t have fresh flowers somewhere? The dining room table, the foyer and the living room are obvious spots. But to wake up with a smile on your face, keep a bouquet in your bedroom. By taking one weekly trip to the Farmer’s market, grocery store or even your garden, you can fill your home with flowers.