There is nothing more welcoming than visiting guests seeing a small yet warm and cozy living room that has been well decorated and invites you to curl up and stay awhile. This is one of the most used spaces in your home, so you want it to be functional and well-organized, which is extremely important when you are tight on space. You don’t want this space to feel cluttered, so small furnishings is key. Built-ins can be really helpful for small decorative items and keeping this orderly and out of the way. You want your space to feel airy and bright, so please stay away from darker colors! Consider a neutral color palette with bold bursts of color. Lots of windows can help to really lighten a space, but if you don’t have this option, good lighting also works. A large mirror in your living room can help to make the space feel bigger. If you need a less expensive option, pick up some pieces of glass at IKEA and mount them to your wall. Think smart storage solutions, such as using functional furnishings like a coffee table with drawers, an ottoman that has a lid. Window sills can be transformed into a small cozy seating nook, just add some pillows and a throw. A sleeper sofa can be used for overnight guests if you don’t have a spare bedroom. A small space is typically more cozy than a larger one, so have fun with it and make it your personal oasis.
Have a look below at some excellent decorating ideas for your small living room and remember, its all about the layout! If you are looking for some additional inspiration, don’t forget to have a look at some of our past articles on 51 Inspiring small living rooms using all available space and Small living room solutions for furniture placement.
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As spring approaches and we wave goodbye to those chilly wintery months it’s time once more to turn our attention and our green thumbs to some fine tuning in the garden. Aside from the essentials such as a little pruning here and there, making sure your lawns are well cut, cleaned up and weed free and some all round tender loving care your garden can be reborn for the spring season. But of course there is plenty of other gardening tips and advice that could help you to recreate the visual appeal of your garden area and help you to inject a little creativity into your surroundings.
Time for a Spring Clean
It’s imperative to ensure that everything in your garden is readily prepared for the forthcoming spring months following its neglect during the winter time. Tidy up your shrubs, bushes and trees to lighten certain areas to make sure the sun hits all the right spots in your garden. Even taking a little time to clean your gardening tools will pay dividends.
Weeding Things Out
If you have a number of weeds poking their way through your greenery in your garden then there’s no better time than to rip them out. The roots will be shallow and easily removable.
Paving the Way
Whilst the natural side of your garden will be blooming this spring after a much needed clean-up you mustn’t overlook the other items in your garden. Wash down your paving tiles, ornaments and other outdoor décor.
Time to Veg Out
If you’re self-sufficient or interested in growing your own vegetables then once spring is upon us and the soil becomes more workable, then it’s the ideal time to plant a number of popular spring vegetables like spinach, lettuce and leeks.
Gates and Fencing
Introducing an eye-catching fixture such as a set of attractive fences or a uniquely outstanding gate design, such as the Portcullis bi folding gates, will frame your garden area and help to envelop your new spring garden. If you already something similar in place then give it a spruce up or a new paint job to help freshen things up.
Preparing for Summer
It may seem crazy to even be considering the summertime before spring has well and truly spring but it really is the best time of the year to plant a number of notable seeds and bulbs. Gladiolus and Lilies are just a couple of examples of some fantastic bulbs that flower perfectly in those warm summer months.
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Large or small, incorporating a light-filled breakfast nook into your home an incredibly perfect way to make the most of extra space in or adjacent to your kitchen. Whatever you are doing in this space, kicking back and relaxing or spending time with your family, the breakfast nook is the ideal space to begin your day. Designing this nook space next to a window is a great way to begin your day with plenty of sunshine. A combination of banquettes, built-in booths, chairs, tables that are either rectilinear or curved, dimmable light fixtures and throw pillows will help to create a cozy ambiance. If the nook is a built-in, think about incorporating pullout drawers into the seating for extra storage. Breakfast nooks can also play double duty as homework stations and intimate spots for candlelit dinners. See if these super cozy breakfast nooks make you start rethinking your kitchen layout.
Have a look below for breakfast nook design ideas, see how to add a breakfast nook with storage, and how to tuck one just about anywhere. If you are looking for more ideas, have a look at one of our past articles on 63 Incredibly cozy and inspiring window seat ideas and 65 Most fascinating kitchen islands with intriguing layouts.
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We all want the time we spend cooking and entertaining in our kitchens to be less stressful and more enjoyable, which can achieved with some simple space-saving solutions. We are seeking more of a Martha Stewart-style experience in which no pan or bowl is out of place within a well-organized array of shelves and drawers. With new designs and innovations in storage, there are many more options than there once were, and kitchen manufacturers such as Second Nature Kitchens can help to make that experience within reach!
Good kitchen are all about style, functionality, quality and durability and any good manufacturer will specialize in creating beautiful designs which also offer maximum practicality, so not only does your dream kitchen look incredible, it is also a pleasure to cook in and an enjoyable space to inhabit.
The importance of storage
Storage is a hugely important any element in any kitchen – after appliances, it’s the second most crucial factor in the whole design. A kitchen is not fit for purpose if it is difficult to use – and poor storage can make using your kitchen feel impossible. You want everything within easy reach – easy to find, simple to take out and use and safely store once again when you are finished using it. Some of the best kitchens ensure their storage is manufactured in Germany for precision-cut quality and the latest in storage technology.
Kitchen design specialists can help you to work with the space you have and maximize it, offering a range of intelligent space-saving solutions. Small kitchen space? It’s not a problem for good kitchen manufacturers. Allow them to address a few commonly problematic areas in the kitchen and introduce just a few of their fantastic storage innovations accordingly.
Corners – Once the lamented ‘wasted space’ in the kitchen, corners can now be utilised one hundred percent with nifty carousels and state-of-the-art folding shelving which folds out beautifully then ‘concertinas’ back into the space once you’re done. It’s possible to install a range of carousels in varying sizes, twisting racks which are perfect for jars, spices and packets and the ‘magic corner’ – a clever unit which uses all the space in your corner and effectively doubles the storage you would have had previously without it.
Drawers –Without proper organization, drawers lend themselves easily to becoming cluttered over time, with things being ‘thrown in’ meaning they need to be sifted through each time you go to use your kitchen. You can readily make this a thing of the past with a range of solutions from plate holders, cutlery sorters and drawers of varying depth. We spend a lot of time in our kitchens – often the hub of the household – so minimizing everyday clutter is also key – get drawers that are multi-purpose for that reason.
Tiny crevices – Like corners, these spaces used to be filled with useless planks of wood concealing a small but useful space behind which was crying out to be used! Innovative pull-outs allow you to fill the space with a unit which fits perfectly to the space yet holds bottles, jars, packets – in fact anything which is suitable for that crevice which would otherwise have occupied other precious storage space elsewhere.
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Summer is around the corner, time to start thinking about how you’re going to create relaxing outdoor living spaces that feel inviting, an extension of the home itself. What makes a great outdoor living area is a combination of elements. The first to consider is lighting. Don’t be afraid to do a little experimenting with your light sources to get the perfect glow for day or night. Consider creating an enclosed space to give a sense of place to your property, such as a pergola, walls, or even salvaged windows and doors. A focal point such as a fireplace or a fire pit if you are on a budget, is the perfect feature to add to your outdoor living space.
Whether you purchase furnishings or have built-in seating, make sure you opt for outdoor fabrics. Consider some vibrant colors to add a punch of fun to your outdoor space. Decorate with local plants, they are easier to maintain, try some potted plants as accessories. Try planting edible throughout the landscape so you can pluck thyme or oregano to add to your outdoor grill! Mix furniture pieces to achieve a more unique look. Instead of selecting a matching set, pick up furnishings from different sources, such as flea markets or estate sales. Salvaged materials will also work into your outdoor decor, they add character and they are already weathered. Be creative, if you purchase items you love, you will find a place for it — even if its not where or how you originally intended.
If you’re in the midst of planning your yard, deck or patio for lots of festivities this spring and summer, get inspired by the ideas below and create an amazing outdoor living space! Still looking for more ideas? Have a look at one of past articles on 31 Inspiring and stylish outdoor room design ideas or 50 Inspiring and delightful outdoor spaces.
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Get the modern rustic look with a wood clad bedroom feature wall, an incredibly beautiful way to infuse warmth, depth, texture and interest to your space. A wood clad feature wall is one of those versatile details that looks good just about anywhere, the impact is strong, adding a rustic sophistication to traditional or modern bedroom design schemes. The natural patina of wood is very calming, seeming to be the perfect selection for a bedroom. Various types of wood adds a lot of character to your bedroom decor, whether it be reclaimed, white washed, painted or even wood pallets. There are many ways to enjoy the colors and textures of raw wood in your bedroom, as these images that we have collected for you will demonstrate. Whether you prefer a subtle touch or a full-on feature wall, get ready to go with the grain.
If you are looking for further inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on 44 Delightful spaces showcasing eye-catching wooden walls or 38 Unbelievable barn style bedroom design ideas.
Reclaimed Wood Accent Wall: The homeowners created a reclaimed wood wall feature in their Portland, Oregon bedroom using salvage barn siding. It commands a clean modern look with a touch of rusticity.
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Considering using wallpaper instead of paint on your walls can be a huge design decision, but if you don’t have wallpapering skills, check out some wallpaper tips to get started. Wallpaper is now making a comeback, being very on trend. Some leading trends include aged elegance or even a subtle worn appearance, wall murals, and even a textured and layered look. Some wallpapers offer varying tactile dimensions. You will find that some cutting edge wall coverings are comprised of anything but paper. Here are some excellent tips on how to go from novice to expert on your first try.
Measuring once is a recipe for disaster. Even professionals measure their wallpaper twice. This is an old trick from carpentry – “measure twice, cut once.” It’s a second assurance that you’ve got all of the paper you need and aren’t making any mistakes. You could even have someone else check your work if you’re not confident in your own abilities.
Order All The Wallpaper You Need At Once
Most people only buy small rolls to “test out” the idea of wallpaper. And, while that can be a good strategy for some things, it’s a terrible idea for wallpaper. You have to make a commitment to either wallpaper or not. And, when you’re in, go all in. Why? Because wallpaper manufacturers frequently change their styles and patterns to keep things fresh.
This summer’s pattern may not be available in the fall, which means you may have unfinished walls with no matching prints if you do it “piecemeal.”
Lay Out Everything You Need First
You’ll need a steam roller, wallpaper smoother or a brush of some kind, a level, tape measure, pushpins, some scissors, and a paint tray that’s half full of warm water. You’ll also need a sponge and a separate bucket of water, a putty and utility knife.
Make a checklist, and visually inspect all of your tools to make sure they’re in good working order before you start.
Use a Plumb Bob (Level)
Most home walls are not level or straight. A plumb bob can help overcome this. A plumb bob is essentially a long string or rope attached to a weight which helps you understand the relationship of two objects. In this case, you’re trying to figure out how the wall sits to the floor so you can hang your paper straight.
If you hang the paper using the wall as your reference point, you might end up with crooked patterns when you step back and look at it from a distance. Even when you’re using this discount wallpaper and “paste the wall” paper, you don’t want to get several strips into it and realize that you’ve messed up your project.
Paint The Top Of The Wall Before Wallpapering
A neat little trick that professional interior decorators use is to paint the top of the wall, near the molding or ceiling. That way, if the wallpaper doesn’t align perfectly with the top of the wall (and if you live in an older house, it probably won’t), it’s less noticeable.
This trick can also be used around windows and doors to hide unevenness. Use a paint that closely matches your wallpaper’s main colors.
You can supplement this trick with discrete crown molding, which will cover small mistakes and unevenness in the paper.
This guest post was courtesy of home decorator Penny McManus. She enjoys sharing her insights and ideas. Look for her posts on a number of homeowner and DIY blogs.
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A stylish masculine bedroom design typically involves the absence of glamorous accessories and bright and airy hues, showcasing in its place, minimalistic details with layers of darker shades. These rooms can be very stylish, and inviting for both genders to appreciate the beautiful aesthetics to a masculine space. There are certain qualities and materials that pertains to a masculine design, items such as leather, flannel and wool tend to evoke a more manly vibe. As do darker hues such as black, gray, brown and blue. Straight lines as well as hard edges will read as masculine, as does the use of rougher materials such as concrete.
We have gathered together a collection of masculine bedrooms that are very stylish and inviting. There are bedrooms to suit different tastes, from a more classic style to spaces that are more rugged in nature. These spaces are not all exactly the same, and they are not just for men. They do help to answer the question of how to create your own stylish and comfortable bedroom if you tend to lean towards the concrete and simple rather than the lavish and cushy. Which one of these bedrooms is the best, in your opinion? Still looking for more bedroom inspiration? Have a look at one of our past articles on How to create a relaxing bedroom oasis and 45 Fabulous minimalist bedroom design ideas.
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Having bookshelves in your home keeps your space organized and wherever the bookshelf is, it creates a relaxed and cozy atmosphere, a great place to read a book. If you have high ceilings in your home, you can create a dramatic statement wall filled with books. Adding colorful books onto the shelves will add interest and infuse warmth into the space. Bookshelves can be added anywhere in your home, even in the bathroom. They can also can be used as a separation wall in an open plan to help create two distinct spaces, especially great in an studio or loft space to add privacy to a space. Make your home look elegant and classy with the addition of a bookshelf in any space of your home. We present you with 44 spectacular bookshelf ideas. Enjoy…
If you are still looking for more inspiration on bookshelf design, have a look at one of our past articles on 50 Relaxing ways to decorate your bedroom with bookshelves, 50 Jaw-dropping home library design ideas and 65 Wonderfully cozy reading nooks for book lovers.
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Wallpaper has made a major comeback and there are some extremely creative ways to showcase wallpaper that will surely impress you to incorporate it into your design scheme. With a variety of textures and images and varying hues, wallpaper can transform any room from ordinary into extraordinary, in ways that even paint just can’t. Wallpaper adds dimension to a space, where paint is flat, and with so may options to select from — including grass cloth, fabrics, cork, flocked and metallics, in addition to conventional paper and vinyl — the effects are limitless. Wallpaper is a wonderful application that can really add to a space, including bathrooms, bedrooms, stairs, kitchens, in bookshelves and even cabinets. We have gathered together a collection for you of some creative applications of wallpaper. Get inspired to consider one of these looks in your own home.
Looking for further wall application inspiration? Have a look at one of our past articles on, 51 Modern and fresh interiors showcasing gray paint or Graphic wall letters creates eye popping interiors and one more unique one you may want to spend some time looking through, The Secret Garden wall mural collection by PIXERS.
Custom designed wallpaper on the stair risers of this traditional home is Los Angeles, California.
Old rustic wood wallpaper.
Textured wood wallpaper as a feature wall really makes this fireplace in the bedroom stand out.
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