Infusing your home with green leafy plants helps to make your space feel fresh and inviting, not to mention they help purify your air and create positive Feng Shui energy. Plants add color and decor to your home, creating a welcoming atmosphere that makes your space feel homey and very cozy. The trendiest plant to add into your home is the fiddle leaf fig, but other great greenery ideas are succulents, air plants and even orchids, especially in the bathroom! If you are looking to decorate your home with plants just for air purification purposes, consider the following plants: red-edged dracaena, snake plant, wax begonia, gerber daisy, golden pothos, gerber daisy, azalea, peace lily, english ivy, boston fern, spider plant, aloe vera and the lady palm. They will not only beautify your home, they will help to improve your home’s indoor air quality. According to the EPA, the average American home’s interior air quality is much more toxic than that of the air outside. This is why decorating your home with plants is the perfect solution, working double duty as a decorative accessory and filtering your air.
Green plants will help to breathe life into any space, especially if the surroundings are white walls, the green will add punches of color. The more plants you have in a space, you will create a jungle-like atmosphere, perfect for a Bohemian style space. Plants can be injected into any room in the home, the kitchen, dining room, living room, bathroom, bedroom, a sunroom, you name it, we have plenty of examples collected for you below. Zen-ify your home and be inspired with these creative looks, and let us know which one is your favorite and why.
There is nothing like working next to plants, but to keep the positive Feng Shui energy, make sure to get rid of dead leaves or dying plants.
Plants can really thrive in a bathroom with the additional humidity. Nothing like taking a shower next to a wall of plants, it can really create a closer connection with nature, not to mention creating a spa-like feel!
Add your own greenhouse into your kitchen! This space is so bright and airy, you could spend the whole day here cooking and tending to your plants. Nature has really been brought into this space between the interior plants and all the windows, blurring the boundaries between indoors and out. Magical, don’t you think?
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Concrete is a beautiful and very durable material, super customizable with an incredibly long lifespan, concrete countertops are the perfect application for any kitchen. With a minimalist and sleek appearance, concrete fits perfectly into any home or loft, giving a contemporary or industrial feel. A little more edgy than other countertop materials, it can be very ideal thanks to its inherent properties of being easy to clean and very durable. The best thing about concrete is that you can DIY your own countertops, there are plenty of websites out there that will give you step-by-step instructions. Concrete looks amazing in a modern, open plan interior, integrating well with other materials from wood to silestone. If the look of raw concrete is too clinical looking for you, you can apply an acid wash or any color you wish to add more warmth to your kitchen. The average cost for concrete to be installed as your countertop material is $65-$135 (for standard 1.5 inch thick countertop). Have a look at some pros and cons to using concrete as your countertop material selection.
Pros: Concrete is a porous material and can be stained easily, which is why it needs to be sealed. Color options for concrete is endless, which makes it ideal if you are trying to match it with your interior design scheme. It can be cast in any shape or size and with custom edge details. They can be uniquely personalized by embedding items such as seashells, recycled glass and even pebbles. Its appearance enhances with age, developing a warm patina. Although concrete is heat resistant, if it is sealed, anything hot should not be placed directly on the surface, as it may damage the sealer.
Cons: If you have a large concrete countertop, there will be seams, but you can minimize this with the use of a filler that is color-matched. It needs to be frequently sealed to avoid staining. Small cracks may develop with time and settling. Concrete is a heavy material, so it will need extra support beneath. If you do any custom options such as edge detailing and inlays, the price tag can be greatly increased.
Have a look at the ideas below and find some countertop ideas for your kitchen project. Looking for more kitchen ideas? Have a look at one of our past articles on 47 Incredibly inspiring industrial style kitchens and 51 Gorgeous and inspirational kitchens.
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Your apartment interiors should be designed to support you and your living needs, helping you to decompress and unwind at the end of a long day. If this is your first apartment, creating a space that is functional, organized and cozy can be a major challenge. If you have a look at a helpful website such as Apartment Therapy in New York, there are all sorts of ideas on how to dramatically change the way your apartment looks and feels, all with some easy to follow steps. No matter what your budget, it is possible to implement any type of style inside of these different apartment interiors, whether it be contemporary, modern, traditional, transitional, eclectic, beach style, industrial, you name it.
Living Room Add Ons
There are some great additions you can make to your living room to make it feel more unique. Unfortunately most apartments are not very spacious, but if you like to entertain guests, this may not allow you enough room to have ample seating for everyone. That is why you should consider floor pillows for extra seating. These oversized pillows can be placed next to a coffee table or sofa and are great for instant seating or for lying on the floor while watching the TV. Taller side tables are a great addition as well. Most people go for tables that are smaller or on the level with their seating. However, taller tables provide more room underneath for added storage, plus it can increase the dramatic appearance in the living room. Adding in a tall cabinet works the same way. Tall cabinets use a lift, which can increase the amount of storage room available in the apartment.
Add Accents to a Room
There are some excellent ways to add some pizzaz to any plain room in the apartment. A statement area rug is a really great way to tie the room together. Maybe the rug has a bold color pattern or it is just unique in some way. Regardless, having this kind of a rug is a great addition. Adding some type of foilage to your apartment can make excellent accent pieces, not to mention it helps improve the air quality in the room by absorbing pollutants. A fiddle leaf fig tree or even some citrus trees are great indoors, can add color and also help improve the smell as well.
For someone on an extreme budget, adding an accent wall is a nice way to start. This accent wall is designed to stand out from the rest, such as a red wall, with the surrounding walls in a neutral color. This makes a great addition to any apartment and can truly help take the apartment to the next level. You can also try adding decals or a chalkboard wall. If your apartment is a rental and you are not allowed to paint, you can used chalkboards decals, which are removable and do wonders at livening up large expanses of boring white walls. If you are really wanting to use chalkboard paint, you don’t necessarily have to use a wall. Just about anything can be transformed into a chalkboard surface, such as an old mirror with a unique frame (pick it up at a salvage yard or yard sale). If you are not allowed to hang anything on your walls, you can prop it on a table that is pressed against a wall, a great focal point!
Transform an Extra Closet
It is possible to transform an extra closet so it not only holds more, but looks great doing it. Try painting the inside of the closet, leaving the trim white (or a different color) just makes it feel more like a house. Plus, setting up a desk with shelving can help separate the different items that are to be found inside of the closet, and even wall boards make it possible to hang small odds and ends, without getting cluttered, so it is far easier for anyone to find what it is they need from inside the closet. If you have an upper shelf, try storing small items in baskets to keep organized. An extra closet can also be transformed into a small office space which can be closed off when you are not working.
When hosting guests, making them feel most welcome is key to their takeaway experience. New approaches to interior design have helped homeowners create cozy environments for their overnight visitors. Here, we discuss a few tips and tricks that will ensure your guests have a pleasant and memorable stay in their home away from home.
Focus on Color and Lighting
The focal point of an ambient setting usually lies in the color schemes used to accentuate the room. Pay close attention to using hues that evoke feelings of zen and coziness such as, lavender, for walls and bedding.
Further, be sure to provide enough lighting, with suitable bedside lamps and ceiling lights as well as, windows for natural day-lighting. It’s important to avoid dark rooms, as they are glum and uninviting for most.
Location, Location, Location
Choose the location of the guest room wisely. If you happen to have a waterfront room, one with a great view of nature or, a room that allows for some privacy, away from all the others, it is recommended that you provide your guests with the best your home has to offer in terms of location. This demonstrates a respect for privacy and well-being, which will be highly appreciated.
Leave a Gift
If it’s necessary that your guests have a true hotel experience, offer them some of the perks they might find in a typical hotel but with a hint of personality and care. Home-baked goods, seasonal fruit, local treats and, fresh flowers are unique ways of offering your guests that pampered feeling and that added, sweet, touch.
Guests should feel comfortable enough to be themselves and go about their routines as they usually would. Depending on whether they are reserved types who enjoy meditation or, energetic types who like to have fun and stay entertained, be sure to accessorize the room accordingly. For example, you might want to include yoga mats for regular practitioners of yoga or, you can host a home casino with a portable roulette wheel and table for those that prefer a fun time.
The Best of Bedding
Bedding is possibly one of the most important factors to consider when creating a comfortable space for guests. Choose soft materials and offer enough options in terms of duvets, covers and sheets, so that guests can accommodate to their needs accordingly.
Moreover, if you know your guests well enough, you might even want to use bedding which includes their favourite colors, patterns and fabrics.
As outlined above, special touches to your guest rooms create friendly and inviting places for your overnight visitors. Experiences are often heightened by subtle details, from lighting to choices in bedding fabric that are often overlooked. Your guests will be sure to appreciate the unique ambience you’ve created, including one which tailors specifically to their needs and personalities.
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 automatic 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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