Decorating your home with driftwood is a wonderful idea because it is not only stunning to look at, but also very eco-friendy since you are re-purposing old wood into brilliant designs. Having an organic look in your home with nature-inspired objects of driftwood is a very trendy style. It not necessarily limited to just beach or coastal style, this look can create a super rustic ambiance. There are numerous creations by designers, including driftwood tables, mirrors, chandeliers, lamps, stools, towel holders and headboards, however you can also DIY your own driftwood decor items. Such ideas include, candle holders, wall shelf, fireplace mantle, photo frame, coat hook, and even a jewelry hanger, your creativity is the limit! Driftwood can also make for a wonderful centerpiece on a table and can also be used as place mats and table garlands. The ideas are limitless and we have put together an inspiring collection for you to get your own ideas.
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Your bedroom should serve as a place to retreat at the end of a long enduring day and relax, but unfortunately for many people, the bedroom simply doesn’t feel like a relaxing space. The more we use our homes for multiple purposes, the more like we, as a society, are to create multipurpose spaces, but experts and doctors both agree that the bedroom should remain a singular-activity room. If you are wondering how to make your bedroom the most relaxing area in your home, follow these five easy tips.
1. Keep the Colors Light
If you are trying to figure out how to make your bedroom the most relaxing area of your home, changing the color can give you the most extreme results. Experts agree that colors found in nature are most calming, so putting them in your bedroom is an easy way to make the space more relaxing. Light blues, pale greens and warm yellows and pinks all work well to creating a relaxing space. Experts agree that you can add a pop of a bright color in the form of throw pillows or blankets, but the walls and drapery should stay muted. Avoid bright, bold colors like bright yellows , deep reds and orange. These colors can be a bit jarring in large quantities.
2. Avoid Electronics
Your bedroom should be a place of respite and relaxation. Experts all seem to agree that the bedroom should be a no electronics zone. The theory is connected heavily to psychology. The brain makes connections with spaces. When you bring electronics into the bedroom it quickly becomes a room where you are supposed to get things done, rather then a place to kick back and relax. To ensure your bedroom is a relaxing oasis, avoid bringing laptops, cell phones and televisions into the space.
3. Smells Can be Relaxing, too
If you are figuring out how to make your bedroom the most relaxing area of your home, making it smell different can be a cheap and easy fix. Certain smells promote relaxation, too. Lavender, rose and vanilla scents have been found to have a calming effect, so do bring those scents into the bedroom space. This can be done In the form of candles, potpourri or plug-in air fresheners. Keeping a small bowl of lavender-scented potpourri next to the bed can actually help you drift off quicker and have better sleeps, according to studies.
4. Keep the Lighting Dim
When you turn your bedroom into the true oasis you need it to be in your home, you’ll want to ditch bright lightening as well. If you plan to make your bedroom an area that’s sole purpose is relaxation, get rid of bright overhead lightening in favor of small table lamps. The lamps should cast just enough light in the evening for you to relax and recharge before heading to bed. Dimmer switches are also a good option for those who need to alter the lighting in their space.
5. Bring the Outside In
Potted plants can make your bedroom feel more alive and natural. To get a tranquil, outdoorsy feel, consider adding a few potted plants to the room. The suggestion actually has multiple benefits. Not only do plants help to create a tranquil natural vibe in the space, but they will also help purify the air. When picking potted plants, do make sure you find a plant that best fits the natural lighting of the room.
Having a relaxing space in your home is certainly important. Following these five simple tips, you’ll be able to quickly turn your bedroom into the calm oasis you’ve been craving. Moreover, a comfortable bed mattress also plays a pivotal role in transforming your bedroom in a relaxing zone. You can check what Ozmattress offers at its online store when it comes to buying the best mattresses.
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Dark bathrooms can infuse drama, confidence and boldness to any interior, the design is risky, however if pulled off right, can be very sensual and beautiful. Most people would not dare to design a space in dark tones, especially for the bathroom since there aren’t usually large expanses of windows to draw in natural light. We have gathered together a collection of bathrooms that will show you that dark bathrooms are not only livable, but are very alluring and will make you want one in your own home.
Dark tones will help to make bathroom interiors appear to be more voluminous and harmonious. You can add some contrast with some light tones such as a lighter flooring or a white bathtub, sink or toilet. Adding beautiful light fixtures into your bathroom will help to illuminate the space and add some drama. In our collection you will find various bathrooms with dominant black, gray, brown hues and other dark shades. Take a look through and find some inspiring ideas for either a new or remodeled bathroom, and if you are still looking for inspiration, have a look at one of our past articles on 43 Most fabulous mood-setting romantic bathrooms ever or 51 Mesmerizing master bathrooms with fireplaces.
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Creating a stylish bohemian chic living room means a little bit eclectic, a little modern, but always vintage, creating an absolutely unique yet individualized atmosphere. If you are an artistic type who enjoys exploring, experimenting and reinventing your style, than Bohemian is the perfect style choice for you. It’s an excellent choice for those who like to mix it up a bit, with colors, textures and patterns without paying attention to style rules and design trends. The best feature of this style is that you can mix any art pieces together, mix old with new and even mix colors. Bohemian style typically resembles Eastern interiors such as Moroccan, so you can enjoy bright colors and patterns. If you are searching for a more relaxing appearance, try a white bohemian interior – it’s simple and looks really exquisite. Try mixing a variety of materials together such as wood, fur, various fabrics, leather and plants.
In the selection of images that we have gathered for you below, you will find various boho decor ideas – in various colors and personalized in numerous ways. We hope you feel inspired to create your own look, and if you are looking for more ideas, try our past article on 43 Bohemian-chic interiors to rock your senses.
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Now that we have started a brand new year, many people are looking into attractive and creative design ideas to help spruce up their homes. Scouring the Internet for tips and inspiration is a great idea, but all you can do is be dependent on the budget that you have. By altering a few things within your kitchen, you can help to create a whole new look to the room. Alternatively, you may wish to go for custom made kitchens from a top quality supplier. Some of these changes can be done at an extremely low cost, while providing maximum results whilst others can cost a bit more, but give you a whole new kitchen that really works for you and your family.
Change Your Cabinets
By choosing new cabinets you can spruce up the look of your kitchen. Although wooden designs are among the most popular, their design can look dated quite quickly. So why not choose something that is painted, and then the color can be easily changed in the future if you choose to. A design tip that is now being used in many kitchens involves the use of cabinets that reach to the ceiling. This eliminates clutter from mounting on top of the unit, and the need for additional cleaning. Surprisingly, such ceiling high cabinets also make the room look bigger.
Alter Cabinet Handles
If you don’t have the funds to replace the cabinets themselves, you can create a new look by just changing their handles. Opt for something elegant, and rather fancy, leaving guests to believe that you have had a new kitchen fitted.
Choose a New Benchtop
Simply changing your countertop can also create a new feel to your kitchen. Whatever you choose needs to be in accordance with the rest of the design in the room, and compliment any colors you have used.
Change the Tiles
For a completely new look in your kitchen design you can fit new tiles in the room. They can make the kitchen look more refreshed, and are easier to clean than painted walls.
Use Some Glass
Most people have something that they would like to see on display. Whether It be some nice pieces of crockery, or perhaps a set of expensive glasses. This is where cabinets with glass doors can be used. They will break up the design of the room, and open it up slightly.
Pick a New Color Scheme
If you are looking to redesign your kitchen, the cheapest way is to change the color scheme of the room. A fresh lick of paint can create a new feel to your kitchen while not taking much from your budget.
Update Old Appliances
Providing your budget allows, purchasing new appliances can help to spruce up your kitchen. Old and dated appliances will ultimately look out of place if you are having a new design done.
Though you may have created more storage space with ceiling high cabinets, the base cabinets can also be utilized if even more storage is needed. Many kitchen designs now incorporate sideways storage, so that every inch of the cabinet is put to use without the hassle of trying to rummage to find things right at the back.
People with darker kitchens can find that by installing French doors can be of huge benefit to spruce the room. Natural sunlight will be able to brighten the space, and give it a whole new feel. This will make a particularly good addition to a French provincial kitchen style.
Install an Island
All kitchens require space where you can prepare your ingredients when you are cooking. With an island, you can do this while still able to chat with family and friends or watching TV.
Of course, choosing a new custom made kitchen is likely to be a big purchase, so research your options carefully to ensure everything you want will fit well within your space. It’s a great idea to consult a kitchen supplier with a design team who will make the best use of your space and create a kitchen you can really be proud of.
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In the privacy of your home you can allow your imagination and creativity to run wild. From the colors of the walls to the furnishings and gadgets you utilize to fill the spaces, everyone has their own idea of what makes a home. To some it’s stylish, fashionable and hi-tech, whilst to others it’s more traditional, simple and with some key furniture pieces used more for their practicality than for their design qualities.
However there are some people for whom four walls hold no bounds or limitations. Inside they create their own personal haven which a ton of effort goes into. It looks quirky, unique and above all unlike anything anyone else has thought to do with their bedroom, living room or kitchen. Here are a few examples of just some of those not so ordinary rooms out there:
Bar Themed Living Room
What better way to save money on going to the bar than by turning your living room into your own private bar area! This awesome room does so perfectly, by blending in the cozy fireplace with your typical bartop area, complete with space for a bartender. Get the homeyness you need from the plush sofas, cushions and mood lighting whilst having the option to sit facing the bar to give you that ‘night out’ feeling. This concept is actually pretty easy to incorporate into your own living room, with the bar counter probably being the most difficult part to implement. You could cut back on the fancy lighting if you find it wouldn’t work within your own living space, but the addition of shelves for your spirits and glasses is a simple task, as is sourcing some mini fridges for the beer and mixers. Think of all the great memories, parties and stories that come from a bar/living room!
For all the avid bingo players out there, there are plenty of ways to create a bingo bedroom. The duvet cover above shows just one simple way of letting your bingo loving personality shine through your bedroom design but there are many more ways to add both big and subtle touches. For example you could buy – or create your own – bingo board rug to brighten up your bedroom floor. This works particularly well if you have a wooden floor as the contrast makes it stand out even more. Another little simple addition is bingo ball trinkets. Again you could hunt them down or try making your own by buying ordinary trinket bowls or pots from your craft store. Paint them a bright color with your favorite bingo numbers and use them to store your various small accessories such as hairclips, buttons, etc.
This idea is particularly great for children and can be implemented in either a bedroom or play room setting. If your child has a spare room where they play with all their toys, why not turn it into a forest adventure area? The raised wooden walkway above not only provides a great lost boys atmosphere but it also means you have a ton of storage space underneath to store all their toys. Keep them in wooden chests to add to the theme and offer a bit of pirate flavour. The suspended swing is a great idea that you may have used in a doorway when your child was a baby but now can be used in the middle of the room for a tree swing effect. Don’t forget the walls too – they should match the theme. Whether a jungle mural or painted to look like a wood effect; carry on the outdoors-indoors theme with the walls, floor and ceiling.
Cinema Spare Room
If you have spare space and love films then surely there’s no better thing to do than to turn your unused room into a cinema! From the Paisley print curtains down to the folded red seats complete with cup holders, this room captures the essence of the cinema perfectly – without the ever increasing entry fee! With TVs for home sale becoming bigger and bigger, this is another room idea which isn’t difficult to implement in your own home. Use dimmer switches on your lights for a final cinema touch, and either ensure your TV has an inbuilt DVD player, or hook up to an external device behind a cover to really make yourself and your guests believe you’re in a real cinema. Think of all the great movie nights you can have without leaving the comfort of your own home – just make sure you’ve got the popcorn in!
These are just a few examples of the great things some people have done with rooms in their own homes. There’s no limit to what you can do with a room as long as you have the vision and motivation.
Having a small laundry room in your home can be more of a challenge to keep super organized, functional and efficient, however since this space is constantly in use, it should be well designed. If you have a large family, you are probably tackling this chore on a daily or once a week basis, so having a properly equiped laundry room with help make life more simple all the way around. Small laundry rooms pose challenges even when you try to fit in everyday laundry essentials, such as storage for supplies; folding, sorting, pullout drying racks, and ironing surfaces; and racks and rods for drying delicates and hanging garments pulled from the dryer. We have a collection of small laundry room ideas and tips along the way that will help to wash-away your worries to how you can make a small laundry room live larger and work harder for you.
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The festive season is over, everyone has settled back into the daily routines of life, work and school. Time to concentrate on home improvements; the smallest additions to a living space can yield major results. Take time to look over the options for upgrades, small additions or a complete renovation. Ten of newest interior design trends for 2015 are all about colour, texture and patterns.
1. Add color.
The simplest way to give a living space an upgrade is by adding a new color. The newest color trends for 2015 are bright bold colours from the deepest blues to liveliest oranges. Adding colour to a wall or reupholster a chair will transform a room.
2. Mix colors.
Taking the bright bold colors and mixing them in a room will give an extra boost. Mix a vibrant purple with an aqua will create an eye popping mix. The colour scheme of red, black and white has also been grouped together to create unique bedroom palette.
3. Add patterns.
The mixing of colors will blend together more evenly with patterns. Having a distinct pattern on the wall help offset the boldness of colours in the room; the choices are endless.
4. Go green.
Finding options to save money is always in style; begin by looking for eco-friendly building materials for upgrades. Going green through the use of automated facets is making a big splash in 2015. When upgraded a bathroom or kitchen think automation as a means to save water and protect the environment. Automation is not limited to facets, light fixtures can be set on timers to help save on electrical costs.
5. Add textures.
Textured pillows or throws can enhance the room both visually and through touch. By enhancing senses, the room has a cozier atmosphere to relax and release the stresses of the day.
6. Wallpaper is back.
Wallpaper has slowly been making a comeback over the last few years. The choices are endless; bring an old room to life with new prints and textured walls.
7. Wall Stickers.
Yes it can be said that wallpaper is back, however this is not everyone’s cup of tea so simply adding some patterned wall stickers brings a previous wall or area of a room to life. Quotes and words are proving equally as popular and are a real cost effective method of interior design.
8. Add a touch of gold.
Gold has a retrospect component; adding a touch of gold to room gives the space a sense of class. Gold can be used with fixtures, mirrors, candle fixtures and numerous other room embellishments.
9. Installation of technology.
Intertwining technology with interior design has been an upward trend. U-sockets are the biggest interior technology trend. U-sockets allow the user to plug in power devices right into the wall unit. The power devices alert the user when the product is fully charged; saving on electrical usage.
10. Combined living spaces.
With the baby boomer generation getting older, combined living spaces is a growing trend. Designing a warm family atmosphere to accommodate both the aging parents and the children is a must for a safe environment. The trend of combined living has led to safety features being integrated into households.
Interior design trends can breathe in new life to an old space or help decorate a blank palette. Design trends are meant to be both functional and eye catching. The choices are limited only by creativity. If you feel you have the eye for detail and want to take your interior design skills a step further then NCC home learning have a range of interior design courses to fit around your existing commitments and as they can be taken online they are aimed to be completed at a pace that suits with full tutorial support available every step of the way.
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Treasured for its timeless livability, neutral wears well with everything, which is why a neutral living room design scheme can be extremely appealing. From linen to taupe, dove gray to charcoal, neutral-clad living rooms are welcoming, warm, and truly classic. Browse our collection of photos we gathered for you of neutral living rooms for inspiring ways to blend style and sophistication in your home, as well as some great tips for designing your neutral scheme. Whether your style is modern, transitional, or classic, a neutral backdrop enables the perfect setup for upbeat colors and playful patterns without overwhelming the space.
If you love the look of a bold accent wall or the pop of colorful pillows, our neutral living room ideas will help you discover new, powerful ways to punch up plain hues. In a neutral living room, center conversation on an eye-catching area rug with a chevron, striped, or geometric pattern and painted storage pieces. Anchor your living room with a pair of patterned armchairs to add contrast to a neutral color scheme. Create depth in a neutral living room by pairing white walls with dark furnishings. Install beaded board and millwork to instantly revive a bland ceiling and bare walls.
Have you been able to successfully decorate a room with a neutral color palette? Let us know in the comments section below! If you are looking for more living room ideas, be sure to check out some of our past articles on 47 Extremely cozy and rustic cabin style living rooms and 43 Cozy and warm color schemes for your living room.
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Colordrunk Designs is a life-long dream that came true almost by accident for interior designer Jenna Buck Gross, whose firm is based out of Decatur, Georgia. Though art and design have always been a passion of Jenna’s, she has devoted much of the past several years to raising her two girls and designing and decorating her own home. However; after their family home was featured on the TLC show, Four Houses, Jenna had several people contact her to ask for help with their own homes, and Colordrunk designs was born!
Jenna really believes that a person’s surroundings affect the way they feel. Her goal with Colordrunk Designs is to insure each and every client feels absolutely comfortable in their home. Whether it’s a whole-house design or just a one room facelift, no job is too big or small. On each project the designer works to create a bespoke design that reflects each client’s individual wants, needs, personality, and budget. After all, good design and a comfortable space shouldn’t be a luxury.
Jenna brings a unique perspective to interior design. Colordrunk Designs allows her to couple her education and years working in the fashion industry with her lifelong passion for art and design. Further, as a young mother of two, designing for families, particularly those with young children, is a specific focus for Jenna.
Statement from the designer – Oh, and for those “color-phobes” out there, don’t be shy about contacting me! I will try to cure you of your fear of color, but if I am not successful, I can promise you a beautiful design-in a palette you are comfortable with.
Jenna Buck Gross lives in Decatur, Georgia with her husband, Caleb, daughters, Mary Jennings (3) and Lottie (1), her Great Pyrenees, Beau, and her best friend (and pomeranian), Tibi.
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