Get outdoor ready to have family and friends over for entertaining, or create a personal oasis of relaxation and surrender to the sights and sounds of nature. Your perfect outdoor space might be a stone deck with a fireplace and koi pond, or a suspended nest above the water, maybe a cozy living area sheltered from the sun thats tucked next to a trickling waterfall, the skies the limit! Outdoor spaces are generally enjoyed during the warmer summer months, but with fireplaces and outdoor space heaters, the length of enjoyment can even to spring and fall. Be sure to add lighting to any outdoor space, whether it be lanterns, candles, fairy lights, tiki torches, outdoor chandeliers or installed lighting that illuminates pathways, water features and greenery. Lighting creates a beautiful ambiance in the evening time and helps set the mood when you are dining al fresco. Outdoor spaces make entertaining more enjoyable, and allows more space when you are having a big gathering. We can’t think of any reason why you would not want some type of cozy outdoor space to retreat to on your property. If you live in an apartment or condo, please have a look at a past feature we put together for inspiration on how you can have a cozy outdoor balcony space. Below we have put together a collection of seriously amazing outdoor spaces that will surely blow you away. Have a look through the inspiring ideas below and get your pin button ready for some serious pinning!
If you are looking for more outdoor inspiration, we have featured plenty here on 1 Kindesign, have a look: 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer and 47 Irresistible hot tub spa designs for your backyard.
In this outdoor-scape, water bubbles over a beautiful urn, trickling down into a below ground reservoir.
We love the Nestrest by Dedon, a suspended sanctuary thats perfect for relaxation and even meditation. A private little nest, it shelters you from the sun, but allows you to enjoy the views of nature through the opening. Its a very playful concept, especially hanging above the water. What do you think, could you read a book here?
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Livable, cozy and stylish are just a few words to describe the interior living spaces of the fascinating Barcelona, Spain based interior designer Silvia Rademakers. Not too long ago we featured a home here on 1 Kindesign that was renovated with a vintage industrial charm by the designer, you can have a look at this home to gather more inspirational ideas from this fashionably creative designer. We think this designer has a lovely sense of style, creating spaces that feel like home instead of being cold and clinical. What do you think, do you like this designer’s sense of style? We would love to hear your thoughts, let us know your opinions in the comments section below!
Looking for inspiration from other interior designers? We have featured the works of a some very talented ones here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at a couple: 38 Brilliant interiors by Jeffers Design Group and 30 Breathtaking interiors by Adeeni Design Group.
We know this space isn’t quite interior, but an extension of the interior. We couldn’t resist adding this one because it is so stylish and who doesn’t love outdoor dining spaces? At least in the warmer months and no bugs allowed!
Photos: Courtesy of Silvia Rademakers
If you are renovating or designing a bathroom, you should contemplate styling your space with an Asian inspired design, which is very soothing and elegant. These spaces typically showcase traditional Japanese influenced architecture, design and art. Paired up with modern and contemporary decor, bathrooms in this style can be ultra luxurious and extremely relaxing. A traditional Asian style bathroom incorporates plenty of natural materials into the design. Specifically, wood and stone are utilized interchangeably for surfaces such as flooring, and sink tops and can draw the outside in through the use of untreated wood and rough-hewn or matte stone. Additional outdoor elements that can be incorporated into your design scheme includes fountains, rock gardens, ferns, orchids and other natural elements.
Furnishings are typically comprised of high-quality hardwoods, usually left unfinished or stained to enrich the natural appearance of the wood. Furniture is incorporated to anchor the design style, such as dressing tables, benches and chairs. Shoji and other screens are also a common component applied not only as a decorative element, but also for privacy. These thin, wood-framed design pieces can help to delineate areas in the bathroom and are effortlessly portable. The screens have a light and airy design that balances well with the bulkier design elements consisting of stone or wood in the sinks, countertops and tubs. The screens may also showcase intricately printed designs that depicts historical interpretations of Japanese culture, flora and fauna or even landscapes.
Have a look through the images below, where we offer you an amazing array of ideas that will hopefully help you to find inspiration for your Asian-inspired bathroom. If you are looking for more bathroom inspiration here on 1 Kindesign, have a look at: How to turn your bathroom into a spa sanctuary and 39 Mesmerizing bathrooms welcoming in nature.
To add softness to the design, flowing curves in sinks and tubs helps to counterbalance hard-edged furnishings, countertops and pedestals for sinks and tubs. Basin or bowl-shaped bathtubs in Asian influenced bathrooms are typically crafted from wood, porcelain or metal, asserting bold, wave-like curves and substantial design. Bathroom sinks are comprised of materials such as wood, porcelain, glass or even metal, and typically emulate a similar fluid, curvaceous design. This sleek yet relaxing design style for the bathroom fixtures creates a beautiful contrast to rough-hewn surfaces and bulkier designs applied to the countertops, flooring and potted plants.
One of the principle elements of Asian style bathroom design is creating an open flow from one area of the space to the next. To create this aesthetic, you should consider using screens or pony walls (half walls) to delineate the space, or design with glass instead of a full wall to visually connect yet segment spaces. A glass-enclosed shower can help to keep the space feeling open and airy, completing the look of an Asian style bathroom. All in all, your space should reflect a clean lined aesthetic with minimalist decor, a soothing color scheme and natural materials.
This Asian style master bathroom features a carved stone soaker tub and wash basins. The flooring is green slate with a pebble flooring on the platform area and black granite on the countertops. Other notable features to this stunning space is a rainforest slab shower and windows framed with stained wood.
This bathroom feature rich earthy tones, creating a masculine aesthetic. The color scheme of the room was selected to blend with the existing woodwork, featuring a warm mahogany stain. To soften this small bathroom’s darker color palette, a furniture-like, open construction vanity was added.
This clean-lined bathroom encompasses plenty of warmth, with delicate Asian-contemporary details. A bamboo ladder is used as a towel rack. Wood paneling in the walls and windows creates structure and balance, with light flooding through the space.
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When decorating a condo or apartment, oftentimes the balcony gets overlooked, but when decorated properly, it can be a charming oasis to enjoy the summer. Whether you have a small terrace or balcony, incorporating a table and some type of seating is integral to the design process. This way you can enjoy your views and have somewhere to place a drink and a book, or even potted plants and flowers. If your outdoor space is not sheltered, consider an umbrella to shade you from the hot sun in the warm summer months. Furnishings should be versatile, small but comfortable. Before purchasing, make sure you check the sizing of your space to make sure everything will fit properly. Consider even stackable or folding chairs if you don’t have a lot of space, that way they can be placed out of the way when not in use. If you select furnishings in bright hues, you will add a playful, vibrant feel to your outdoor space. Plants are a must to creating your little outdoor oasis, whether you create a vertical garden, place plants in pots on the ground or on a table, or hang them from the ceiling. Consider a small herb garden so that when you cook you will have some fresh herbs to add to your dinner! Enjoy romantic dining outside under the stars, on your balcony space, and even if you don’t have room for a table and chairs, you can always add a large floor pillow, they are lots of places that sell outdoor pillows, such as World Market and Pier 1 Imports. You could even affix a hammock on your balcony and enjoy an afternoon siesta. If you have enough space, you could also consider placing a love seat or small sofa and a throw to keep you cozy and comfortable while enjoying a good book.
And last but not least, don’t forget your lighting to create some welcoming ambiance. Try hanging string lights, cool lanterns, candles, the skies the limit. These items can be found at Ikea, West Elm, Urban Outfitters, Pottery Barn, etc., it all is contingent on your budget. If you are the creative type, scouring flea markets and Goodwill can be a very inexpensive option. You can create a very stylish and cozy outdoor atmosphere, have a look at the inspiration that we have gathered for you below to get some fabulous ideas! Don’t forget to let us know in the comments section below which ones are most inspiring to you.
Have a look at some other outdoor inspiration we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, such as 54 Cool and relaxing outdoor living spaces to welcome summer and 58 Amazing bright and colorful outdoor living spaces.
According to the homeowner, here are the costs for this small outdoor balcony project in Seattle, Washington: All plants: $75 (Home Depot, Ravenna Gardens), Planters: $80 (Home Depot and Seattle Goodwill), Soil: $12, Outdoor seating: $300 (Pier 1 Imports), Outdoor pillows: $21 (30% off at Pier 1 Imports).
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Outdoor fire pits make a great design feature to your backyard escape, perfect for entertaining and creating an inviting ambiance to a crisp evening. Its wonderful to just sit around and stare at a burning fire, plus you can enjoy cooking marshmallows and making s’mores as an added bonus. Not to mention, you can have the enjoyment of one in your backyard for a lot less than you think. Whether you DIY yours or have a professional come and design one for you, fire pits are a welcoming feature that anyone with an outdoor space can enjoy. If you love spending time outdoors, this is a great solution so that you no longer have to vacate to the indoors on chilly nights or forgo al fresco dining because you are just too cold. If you decide you want to tackle the responsibility of constructing your own, there are a lot of things to consider. These details include the location of the fire pit, size, how much its going to cost for materials, the type of stone you want to use and a lot of research on how to DIY your fire pit. An average cost of a DIY fire pit is anywhere from $100 – $500, and if you go down to image #8, you will see a great example of one that cost $450. So add some excitement to your deck or backyard with one of these outdoor fire pit ideas that we have collected for you. Enjoy the photo tour, we hope your get inspired!
Do you have a backyard fire pit? Share with us which one is your favorite featured here and what you have or would like to have on your own property. Have a look at some past outdoor inspiration that we have featured here on 1 Kindesign, such as: 53 Most amazing outdoor fireplace designs ever and 52 Spectacular outdoor string lights to illuminate your patio.
A built-in stone circular bench surrounds a matching stone fire pit. The seating has space underneath for storing firewood. The natural setting and beautiful pond makes this the ultimate backyard escape!
Backyard Fire Pit: The perfect addition to your outdoor living space is a seating wall surrounding a fire pit.
A simple design that can be incorporated into any backyard design, a perfect DIY weekend project! A sunken fire pit with a stone-surround, just add some wood and you have warmth and ambiance.
This gas fire pit adds a contemporary aesthetic with eco-glass, made of post-industrial glass melted down and dyed to produce a multitude of colors. There are many other ideas you can use to top off your fire pit, such as lava rock and treated river stones. Tip: Do not use untreated stones or materials not approved for use in a fire pit, as they could shatter in the fire.
Stacked Stone Fire Pit: This cool backyard deck is perfect for outdoor gatherings with a freestanding fire pit. The existing deck incorporates this fire pit by being extended into an organic shape.
This fire pit measures 5 feet wide by 18 inches tall and is comprised of concrete (4 – 5 bags), mortar (5-6 bags), rebar (10 pieces x 24 inches in length), Sandy creek flagstone and steppers (1,600 pounds) and Fire brick (50 bricks).
Try adding beach sand to your backyard living space, complete with beach chairs, built-in seating and a fire pit.
If you have a wood burning fire pit, consider using logs comprised of alternative materials. Today there are logs made of renewable resources that emit 80 percent less emissions than regular fire wood. This means less carbon monoxide emitted into the air and less creosote build-up in your fire pit. There are several options, including logs made from soy, switchgrass, recycled sawdust, used coffee beans and non-petroleum natural wax.
Outdoor Living with a Stone Fire Pit: This private backyard oasis is surrounded by a beautiful forested location. A natural stone fire pit is comprised of a Firebrick interior and is topped with Pennsylvania Bluestone. It plays double duty, providing additional seating for outdoor entertaining.
Limestone Fire Pit: This backyard fire pit is veneered with house brick, lined with a fire brick interior and finished with a four-piece thermal bluestone coping. A custom log grate and gas starter is centered in the interior of the fire pit.
Four-Unit Fire Pit: The outdoor living space of HGTV Dream Home 2012, this modern fire pit features four separate gas units. The fire pit itself is clad in Utah limestone with a clear glass surround on top that contains the gas flames while creating a beautiful open fire ambiance.
Fire Pit Bowl: A Gabion bowl was used to create this stylish fire pit feature in this modern backyard. The deck for the fire pit is sunk below the height of the infinity pool so that the benches are level to the pool.
There is nothing more beautiful than a fire pit with a view of water, whether ocean or a lake, it is very peaceful.
This fire pit is set in a natural surrounding, feeling a lot like camping, except for the burning logs. A stone surround keeps the flames at bay.
A built-in stone wall and cozy cushions creates lots of seating and lava rock adds a unique textured appeal to the fire pit.
Flat Stone Fire Pit: This outdoor oasis is custom designed with a picnic table, bluestone patio and a fire pit comprised of Pennsylvania flat stone. The seating around the fire pit is comprised of upcycled whiskey barrel stools and wooden Adirondack chairs for several seating options.
DIY Fire Pit: An outer perimeter of stone, gravel makes up the inner perimeter and the wood burning fire pit is comprised of stacked stone.
An outdoor space built for entertaining, a fire pit is set into the ground, there is also an outdoor pizza oven to cater to all the visiting children to this beautiful home.
This cozy little fire pit area is the perfect spot for making S’mores and enjoying a glass of wine! Ambient outdoor lighting illuminates the walkway and potted plants.
A water feature and a bubbling hot tub is the perfect backyard environment, add a fire pit and some lounge chairs and you have a great setting for entertaining family and friends.
This fire bowl features a natural rustic finish, spun using mild steel like ceramics onto the positive hardwood maple mould. The gas burning fire pit is filled with lava rock. This particular one cost about $ 4,575 to create.
This is a simple DIY backyard space that is cozy and relaxing and spacious enough for family gatherings. String lights add ambiance to the space, a simple wood burning fire pit glows with warmth and Adirondack chairs completes the look.
This outdoor living room is an extension of the indoors with comfortable seating and a built-in, stone clad fire pit.
Playful Fire Pit: A modern double fire pit is framed by a long sectional couch. Adding visual interest to the backyard, dark rock and stone tiles decorate the ground. This nice backyard arrangement allows for a perfect outdoor living room for family gatherings during the summer months and crisp fall evenings.
Beachfront Living: The upstairs deck of this home features a fire bowl that perfectly complements the deck and its beautiful surroundings. Enjoy the sights and sounds of the waves crashing while being kept warm from the cool ocean breezes from the warmth radiating off this open fire pit.
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Whether you use sliding barn doors in your home as a space saving feature or just enjoy their delightful rustic aesthetic, there are many creative ideas for their use. Using barn doors in your home can serve several purposes, whether you have a small space and want to create a more interesting design than a regular door or a pocket door, or you just want to make a visual statement. The downside to barn doors is that since they do not seal the same way that a regular door does, they may not help with sound attenuation, if that is something that is important for you. Obviously if it is a pantry door or closet door, this will probably not even be an issue to consider. In the image above, if the designer had used a regular door, the whole design concept would have to be changed to make room for the door to swing in, which would have to leave about three feet of wall space. A barn door just requires a little DIY and some hardware to install, whereas a pocket door requires demolition to install, so the barn door option just got a little desirable. Barn doors can be used in any style of home, from modern to traditional, you just have to pick the right hardware and door style to fit with your design scheme.
We have put together a collection of examples of using barn doors in your home in various ways to create a beautiful design aesthetic, have a look and enjoy! Want more inspiration, have a look at these: 53 Sensationally rustic kitchens in mountain homes and 55 Awe-inspiring rustic living room design ideas.
The sliding barn door that conceals this Mill Valley, California bedroom is painted white to blend in with its surroundings.
A sliding barn door in this entryway acts as a room divider but also adds visual interest upon entrance into the San Francisco, California home. The brightly colored green door also adds visual appeal against the white walls.
This sliding door in a contemporary Colorado home is a great space saver the way it slides cleverly into the adjacent staircase. Clad in black walnut wood, it creates a seamless look when the door is closed.
These vibrantly colored barn doors adds visual interest to the white walls and cleverly conceals a laundry closet. Want to see more images of this fun and colorful beach house? Have a look: Bright and colorful surfer-chic beach house
When space is at a premium in a kitchen, a custom barn door can slide open to reveal a hidden pantry and cover bookshelves that you would typically want to showcase.
A stylish sliding barn door in this kitchen neatly conceals a walk-in pantry. Wide plank flooring and colorful accents infuses warmth into the space.
This Oregon home demonstrates a great example of using barn doors in an entry area. It breaks up the space between the entry and the great room to create a more formal entryway space for the homeowners.
A barn door can add a burst of color into your space and offer a visual contrast of styles between industrial and a more soft and feminine appeal.
Not only are sliding barn doors beautiful to look at, but when used in a small space that can be very practical (and can be considered instead of a pocket door which isn’t nearly as attractive–as long as you have the wall space). You can see how much space has been saved by not having a door that swings in.
This entryway could have been left as just an opening, yet the addition of a sliding barn door adds beautiful visual interest to the space. Panels of glass in the door lets light filter into the space when the door is shut.
You can use barn doors on a track system like the image above to cleverly conceal a television out of view.
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Some trends come and go when it comes to decorating styles and ideas for your home, but there are some classic designs that never completely fade away. It can be a bit of a design dilemma for anyone looking to give their home a makeover or just wanting to achieve a look of timeless elegance that they are comfortable with. There is no doubt that every decade at least, we see some new decorating trends emerge and what tends to happen is that some of these ideas become established and stick around whilst others get filed under “dated” at some point.
Past pointers to the future
You only have to take a look at some of the trends that we saw in the past to see that some of the design ideas and furnishings in our homes that we updated and discarded, have come back into style, making us wish we had kept the originals in the first place. You can only guess how many homeowners regret ripping out their classic Victorian bathroom fittings in favor of something more vinyl and plastic for example, only to search around recently to try and find what many interior designers now consider to be fashionable.
Some of the space-age and sleek furniture of the 70’s have recently become design classics with huge price tags attached to originals, so which items are likely to demonstrate designer staying power?
There was a time when virtually everyone was painting their walls and wallpaper seemed to have had its day, but that has all changed and many wall coverings have managed to make a monumental comeback in recent times.
Wallpapers that depict a natural scene such as woodlands certainly took their time in the limelight, but the enthusiasm for them may have faded more recently. Simple and symmetrical patterns still hold favor and big graphic patterns are still adorning plenty of walls at the moment, but some designers believe that they may well fall from grace again in a few years.
Mid-century modern design is aesthetically pleasing and its beauty is in its simplicity and the fact that interior designers see it as an ideal way to achieve integration that flows all the way to the outdoors.
It seems that anything mid-century is considered a good design bet at the moment and all the great names like Eames, Nelson and Bertoia have all enjoyed a massive resurgence in the last decade, so it seems that the ideas and designs associated with that period are unlikely to fade away.
The great thing about bean bags is that they are real fun pieces of furniture with the versatility to be used as comfortable seating or simply as casual decor. Bean bags can be considered as one of the basic elements of style in your home that will always work with whatever look you are trying to achieve as they have that enviable quality of being able to fit into any situation, which is why they have an enduring popularity.
What you should remember is that you are really investing in more than just round bean bags, as there many different designs and textures to choose from, which you will soon discover when you visit a site like Comfy Sacks and see how adaptable to any design situation they can be.
To incorporate bean bags into your design ideas remember to choose complementary colors, pick the right size and shape that works best for your room and finally, remember to select the right texture and fabric for a perfect match and a design classic that will stick around.
Classic finishing touches
It is always the classic finishing touches that complete the look that you are looking for and there are several accessories to consider using that tick all of the right boxes. Old globes are considered a staple of modern eclectic design and so many of those old-fashioned globes have an innate attractiveness and appeal to us for sentimental and aesthetic reasons.
If you want to inject a sense of humor and even a sense of irony, you might want to consider fake taxidermy, if you don’t want to be staring at something that used to be real and running around. It seems that fake taxidermy items are very much a product of our time, and whether you prefer the original or fake version, they seem to have stood the test of time by evolving.
If you try to incorporate some basic elements of style into your makeover that have stood the test of time, you will improve your odds of having a home that never seems to look dated.
This guest post is courtesy of Jennifer M. Byron who works as a home decorator. She enjoys writing about home improvement and decor. Her articles can be found mainly on home improvement and DIY sites.
You can spend hundreds to thousands on home renovation when remodeling a kitchen, bathroom, entryway, etc, yet walls are right in front of your eyes, can make a dramatic impression, and cost a fraction of the cost of a major upheaval. Portraits and paintings beautify the home but wall murals are quick, easy, and provide that ‘wow factor’ you want.
Preparation Warrants Precision
First, be sure you’re buying and applying a mural because it matches the home’s interior and not because you love it on its own. It’s better to buy a mural that works rather than attempt to fit the room around a work of art. Next, check the mural for any imperfections, discolorations, etc before applying the adhesive to the backside. Use adhesive liberally while spreading it evenly throughout. Brush the glue on all areas (at the ends too) to avoid wrinkles or eventual peeling. Formed bubbles are inevitable so smooth them out with your hand or a rag using a sweeping motion from the center of the bubble and moving outward.
Become the Artist
Of course, some are artistic, preferring to create their own mural rather than buy prints from the store or online at WallpaperInk. Aside from a finished piece, search for an outline you can trace on your wall and then fill-in with paint or your preferred medium. The good news is that art has no rules. You can fill an outline with pictures to create a collage within, use paint on a portion while leaving the rest blank, etc. Alternatively, some suggest using a projector to conjure the outline so you won’t have to trace it onto the wall or worry about getting rid of unwanted marks once finished.
Use a Variety of Murals to Set the Mood
Traditional paintings, murals, and wall hangings seem so permanent. But in an age of 140-character tweets and instant messaging, you may prefer change to ongoing fixtures. A number of mural suppliers provide easy-stick murals that you can peel on and off your wall along with customization possibilities. Rather than a floral print or abstract design you may prefer to host a mural that features your family portrait or pictures of your pets. Also, you may want to feature different murals depending on the season or your current mood. For example, maybe the holiday season inspires you to feature family murals while the summer season warrants floral prints and those featuring bright colors. Mixing and changing won’t damage your walls, makes it easy to obey your whims, and offers more choices regarding interior renovation.
Be Sure to Accessorize the Room
Ask any fashion-minded gal or guy about creating an impressive outfit and they are sure to mention accessorizing. What’s the use of sporting a fantastic handbag without buying shoes to match? To make a huge impact with little effort and additional investment, visit second-hand stores, antique shops, and a number of online stores offering knickknacks that fit your chosen theme. For example, your teenaged son may love all kinds of sports, choosing a football mural for his wall, yet additional helmets, jerseys, and game balls help create a dazzling theme. Alternatively, fresh and plastic flowers supplement those choosing floral-printed murals. Arrange the fresh flowers on the opposite side of the room to create symmetry and various focal points for inhabitants and visitors to enjoy.
Do It Yourself But Hire Some Help
Home designers and laborers ask a lot of money for their services, yet you can ask for opinion while not having to break the bank in hiring them for full-blown services. For example, if you’re perplexed on where to place murals you like or would want to generate more ideas, hire an interior designer for an hour, gaining access to their experience and expertise. Use their knowledge while leaving the labor and work to yourself. It’s an economical way to get professional results while maintaining more money in your wallet. Actually, you don’t need to have a designer come to your home. Take quality photos of your room and murals while providing the dimensions. Send the information along in an email while using PayPal or snail mail to provide payment for their partial services.
Your next renovation project can make a huge impact on your interior without hugely influencing your bank account. Remember to use murals that work with your rooms rather than modifying existing space to make a piece work for you. Next, ensure you apply adhesive evenly while checking for bubbles and imperfections in the art. While planning a bigger design project, don’t dismiss the notion of asking for help and shopping online for customized and removable mural prints. Lastly, have fun renovating, accessorizing according to chosen theme and mood of the room.
This article is courtesy of guest blogger Robert Jackson, a home design consultant. He likes to share his experience online. You can find his posts on many home improvement and DIY blog sites.
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Turn a mundane bedroom into a luxury retreat with these inspirational bedroom decorating ideas, leaving you fantasizing about re-decorating with the help of some of our design tips. These bedrooms that we have collected for you are truly magical, with a touch of whimsy and serenity all rolled into one. The bedroom should be a sanctuary to come home to, to get a peaceful nights sleep and leave the pace of your workday behind, at least for a few hours. Most bedrooms seem to be cluttered and the last room in the house that people care about putting their decorating dollars into. When we have guests over to entertain, the first thing they see is the public spaces of the home, living room, dining room, kitchen, so we tend to worry more about how these spaces look. However, we all deserve to have a tranquil oasis to relax, so we should take the time to create a cozy and welcoming retreat that is all yours! Have a look through the images below to get inspired to create your own dreamy slice of heaven and a few tips along the way to help get you started on your bedroom re-decoration project.
Have a look through the images below and let us know which one is your favorite and why! Looking for more bedroom inspiration? Have a look at some past fabulous articles that we have presented to you here on 1 Kindesign, such as 1 Kindesign’s 45 most dreamy bedrooms of 2013 and 55 Spectacular and cozy bedroom fireplaces.
Lanterns, candles, textures and beautiful fabrics are the perfect mix for a dreamy bedroom scheme. To create contrast, try a duvet in a neutral color with a patterned coverlet on top. Layering pillows creates comfort and a beautiful aesthetic. Accent pillows should pick up the colors of a print from the bedding or should flow well with the selected color scheme. A bedskirt gives a more relaxed and elegant feel.
Silky curtains helps to soften the space, while neutral linen bedding adds texture and romance. A bedroom with a view creates a tranquil oasis, especially next to a pool or a water feature. There is nothing like the sound of a trickling water feature from an open window to help you fall asleep! French doors completes the look.
Area rugs add texture, pattern and coziness to a bare floor in the bedroom. They also define the space and prevents your feet from stepping on a cold bare floor first thing in the morning!
Creating ambient lighting in your bedroom is a must. A flattering light fixture in a bedroom can make all the difference and really complete the dreamy look. A dramatic fixture such as a chandelier and some smaller scale night table lamps can create a perfect mix.
If you are looking to create a calm atmosphere and get a restful nights sleep, try incorporating a neutral or monochromatic color palette into your bedroom design scheme, such as above.
Decorating your space with attractive furniture pieces to store clothing and other items with help you to maintain a clutter-free and elegant bedroom. Tip: Let artwork inspire your wall color. The perfect shade of blue helps to tie everything together in this stunning bedroom scheme.
Fairy lights and white bedding in the bedroom shown above creates a dream-like atmosphere.
Painting a wall mural behind your bed not only creates a dramatic focal point to the space, it can transport you to somewhere else, like a tropical retreat that is soothing to the soul.
A wood shelf above the bed is a great budget-minded idea if you don’t have a headboard behind your bed. It creates a focal point and is a great way to add a touch of whimsy to the spaces with some personal decor items and candles to create a romantic mood.
A chandelier on the ceiling with glass and metallic accents adds polish and some sparkle.
This exposed brick fireplace in the bedroom is a great idea to add some charm and some warmth on a cool evening. It makes a statement of romance and creates a nice focal point. The one above is dual sided, with a cozy sitting area on the other side, bringing in a touch of luxury. The fireplace is whitewashed with a rustic feel, but if you can’t afford to create a brick fireplace, another solution if to use a firebox brick liner to create the look on a budget!
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Create a cool coastal vibe in your pad by creating a calming tropical oasis, whether you live in a seaside home or want to create the illusion that you do. Designing a tropical paradise aesthetic in your home is all about creating a relaxed lifestyle that is peaceful and stress-free. Infused with style and charm, these spaces seem to intensify life’s little pleasures, brightening your day. Tropical style embraces many elements such as mosquito netting to add romantic charm to your bedroom, strong graphical prints, natural textures, tropical plants, exotic woods, bermuda shutters and stylish ceiling fans. In any room of your home you can re-create the beauty of the islands by infusing varying shades of blues with pops of prints throughout the space. It’s all about sea-inspired hues and natural textures that emulate the beach. Use laid back materials to add visual interest such as linen, sea grass, jute and rattan. Whether you decorate with the real thing, use patterned fabrics or wallpaper, your space will really be brought to life with big leafy plants. Select from an assortment of tropical plants to add to your oasis such as banana plants, bird-of-paradise, and over-sized palm fronds. Injecting a fresh tropical style into your home will make it feel upbeat and cheerful, who wouldn’t want to feel like they were on a permanent vacation? Be inspired, take a visual tour of our images below and let us know your thoughts, which one is your favorite?
Get more inspiration here on 1 Kindesign by checking out some of our past articles on tropical style living with, 50 Beautiful coastal chic bedroom retreats and 46 Casual beach chic rooms to inspire. Enjoy!
This island living room displays a beautiful natural colour palette infused with colonial style furnishings. Creating a cool, laid back vibe, the day bed brimming with plush pillows and palm leaves completes the tropical aesthetic.
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