Photo: Anna María LarssonTime for socializing We want 2020 to be a fun year. It will be the roaring 20's again, but with awareness. We want time to socialize and have fun together with those we care about. We decorate our homes more personally and we would rather have furniture with a story and history than something mass-produced which everyone else owns. Time has become a status symbol and having time for dinners, socializing and personal meetings is highly valued. And since everyone wants a home with a personal touch and their own style, then anything goes. This explains the many different colors that are predicted to be the trend colors of the year.ColorsThis year, there is no ONE obvious color that is the color of the year. Instead, we see several different colors named for this year's color. It is everything from different shades of yellow to a classic blue, more earthy brown burnt tones and pink. And that is probably it. Color is the very thing, everything is allowed! We want to create a cozy feel and a home to feel good in. White has gone from being the neutral standard to beige and gray tones becoming the neutral and "unpainted" instead. In the few places we have white, it is a choice rather than a standard.Although anything goes as far as color, some colors are still more trendy than others:Yellow
I think that at Christmas, all styles, colours and shapes are allowed. Sure, there are classic colour schemes like red and green, but I want to go off the beaten track and dare to mix it up with other colours. This year, for example, I fancy a Christmas with a pink/purple theme. But of course, with some classic features that keep that Christmas holiday feel. I'm planning to mix red, green, gold and natural materials with this year's favourites. I think it will be a wonderful Christmas.Fold a Stylish Paper Tree Quickly and EasilyDifficulty levelSimpleTime required10–15 minWhat you'll need:- Wallpaper or other thick paper- Barbecue skewer- Scissors/scalpel- Hole puncher or needle
Create a cosy autumn feeling with recycled candle stubsWe'll start with a DIY project that creates the perfect cosy feeling. I'm thinking candles! Is there anything that instantly creates more atmosphere than candles? You can easily make candles yourself if you have some old stubs at home. They're perfect for reusing and making new candles!Melt your old candles down in a bowl of water. Then attach a wick to the bottom of an old glass jar, try looking in the recycling, or grab the jar as soon as the last of the breakfast marmalade is used. Then pour your melted candle wax into the cleaned jar and let it solidify. If you want an extra fancy jar, you can cover it with some leftover wallpaper. Tie a small string around it for an extra stylish detail. Look around to see what you have at home and let your imagination flow. If you have any scented oils at home, you can put in a few drops in the melted candle wax and in a flash you have a scented candle.All kinds of old candles work so save them and mix them. Even if there's just a little wax left in the tray when a tea light is finished, you can save it and recycle it. Have a bag or jar in a cupboard where you put all the pieces, then just make a candle once it's full.
Autumn is approaching and many children are getting excited about starting at a new school. It’s a fresh start, a time for new interests and an expanded repertoire of things to do in the child’s room – everything from homework to playing video games.
The kitchen is a room for everything, from cooking and homework to cosy dinners and long talks. Quite simply, it’s a room to feel comfortable in. And because it’s such a versatile room, a lot of us spend a lot of time here, so cosy furnishing and decoration, with functional seating and equipment, are important factors to consider when remodelling. Here are our best tips for creating a functional kitchen that people want to spend time in.
The end of summer draws near, and autumn and the back-to-school season will soon be upon us. So why not start the new school year with a revamp in the kids’ room? Here are our best tips on how best to decorate a children’s room in a way that inspires fun and play.
Adding a bright and colorful feature wall or wallpapering an entire room can be a great way to transform the look of a space. But you can often be left with excess wallpaper which can feel like a waste. We’ve taken a look at the easiest ways you can take the fun element of wallpaper design and use it elsewhere in your home: Top drawer design Beautifully transform the interiors of drawers – or the back of shelving units – by lining them with your favourite patterned wallpaper. Of course your favourite chest of drawers won’t be rugged enough to snag your delicates, but a pop of color or a striking pattern can add that extra little bit of interest. In the frame If you’ve chosen a lively, graphic pattern for your statement wall, mirror that burst of personality on an opposing wall. Cut your leftover wallpaper down to photo frame size, and display several pieces on a gallery wall to perfectly complement the bold prints at the other side of the room. An easy interior update with minimal effort. Alternatively, show off your favourite photograph in a frame that’s backed with wallpaper to demonstrate your own personal style.
There is something appealing with these photos from this gorgeous Danish home. I like the quiet, bright base color and clever, unexpected details. Above all – OSB panels – that is seen as both the bulletin board in the kitchen and as headboard in the bedroom. So neat and quite right. I actually think we’ll see more wood on walls onwards.
It has been known that if one is in close contact with nature, it helps alleviate mental fatigue by relaxing the mind and thus contributes to improved work or school performance. This article will provide you the information you need in having plants in your interior.
The kids bedroom – a haven for our little onesThe kid’s bedroom can be considered as the first property of our child. Even before they were born, we were so eager in planning how it will appear so that the kids will be able to appreciate them by the time they see it. By the time we welcome our new bundle of joy in the family, their new sanctuary has already been designed and decorated with items of our own choosing. We painted the walls of their rooms or set up wallpapers with colors that we believe would help in their growth and development. We also become excited in adding decorative items in their room to make it more lively and more appropriate especially to their gender. Toys that would be included in the room were also hand picked by us. We also want the room to be safe for our kids as much as possible. Most parents would make sure that the kid’s bedroom will be special as our child holds a very special place in our lives.
Small space living, a trend nowadaysLiving in tiny spaces is becoming a trend today, as well as lifestyle associated with it. In the past, it is believed that living in small apartments may not be that convenient and that activities may be limited. The truth is, whatever you do in your parents’ homes, still can be done in your apartment. From regular tidying up to composting, these become part of the daily routines when living in small apartments.Why live in small spaces? There are many different reasons why this is so. For those who just graduated from the university, they go search for a job in the city. Once they were able to get one, the next thing in the list is to search for an apartment near where they are going to work. Once they have chosen one, organizing and decorating it is essential to make it appear and feel more livable. Small space decorating ideas Decorating your very own apartment is a great way to make it look presentable an livable. Here are some interesting and inspiring ideas to make your apartment look amazing:1. It is common for small spaces not to have a garden. We all are aware that having plants provide benefits to the mind and body of the occupants of the space. Having your own garden in the apartment is possible by utilizing an empty wall for a vertical garden, or a nature wall mural for a cozy aura. With this in your small space, it will instantly feel more peaceful and calm.2. Small spaces sometimes would not allow you to have a luxurious vanity. The solution is to use a tabletop plank and some brackets for a beauty station that does not waste any valuable space. 3. Fitting a full dining room table may also be a problem, and a space saving furniture is the answer to your problem. Pick a table that seamlessly swivels under the counter. The table may also be used to prepare food as well as other purposes.4. If you are keeping any fabric scraps around, you can dye them to give mismatched pieces a cohesive appearance.5. Spice up your little home office with a super-simple jumbo notepad with just a dash of beaded panache. You will be surprised to have your own sleek workstation.Living large in small spaces
Redo your kitchen backsplash in a trendy wayMany designers consider the kitchen backsplash as one of the best opportunities to be creative in the kitchen. It is common for homeowners and designers to put up wall murals on kitchen walls and design the cabinets to make it attractive and inviting. Wallpapers and designs for kitchen walls and cabinetry may come in many different colors and patterns to achieve the desired appearance of the kitchen. Fortunately, there is still another part of the kitchen that can be used to further enhance the beauty of the room. Kitchen backsplash in many kitchens is not just treated as a wall protection from splashes, but as a design element as well. Kitchen backsplash can be a chance for you to play with different colors, textures, and patterns that may blend or contrast with the other elements of the room. With regards to functionality, backsplash is an important part of the kitchen because without it, the kitchen may become messy.Kitchen backsplash ideas that you will loveKitchen backsplash is an affordable and great way to add spice into your kitchen. Backsplash is available in various materials, colors, and patterns that you would find suitable in your kitchen. Tile is the most common type of backsplash. The nice thing about this type is that it is durable, and can be easily cleaned by simply wiping off the dirt, blotches or stains. Tiles may also come in various shapes, sizes, and colors and can be customized depending on your specifications. Other available materials for the backsplash include brick and Mexican tile. These materials are also durable and can last longer than any other elements in the kitchen.Here are some backsplash ideas for your kitchen that you will truly love:• Adding a coat of paint – this is probably the simplest approach to design the kitchen backsplash. There is no need to change the backsplash if you are satisfied with the material that you used before. However, if you are not satisfied with the color or shade, then you can apply a coat of paint that can provide your kitchen a new appearance. The advantage of applying a coat of paint is that you can add other design elements if you wanted to. For example, you can use stencil to create a design in contrasting color. • Use wood – many homeowners find it exciting to have rustic design in their home. If that is the case, then one of the best ways to achieve that look is to have wooden backsplash. The only thing needed is a wood of your preference and adhere the new planks over the existing backsplash. The good thing about wood is that different types of wood can provide various appearance. It is wise to consider staining the wood to protect it from being damaged. • Tin will make it attractive – in olden times, only rich people can afford tin to be incorporated into their interior as this was an expensive material. Fortunately nowadays, the presence of faux tin makes it possible for every household to use it as a design element. Remember that use the material in moderation since too much of it can be overwhelming to the eyes.• Beadboard backsplash – this is one of the easiest and affordable ways to design the kitchen. Beadboard is often sold in long strips and the good thing about that is that you can customize it to suit your needs. Use liquid nail and finishing nails to install them. Paint them with colors that would blend well with the other design elements of the kitchen.• Add mirror – there are basically two types to choose from: mirrored tiles can be bought in adhesive sheets, so installing it can be easier. The other type of mirror can be bought in larger slabs and can project a minimalist appearance in the kitchen.
Remodeling contractor for your projectYou can consider your home as one of your most valuable assets. Therefore, it needs to be maintained or upgraded if it is necessary. Remodeling a home project will also mean that you have to select the right contractor to have the desired outcome. Selecting for a good contractor is very crucial for your project because if something goes wrong, then that would be added to your cost. Which in fact we do not want to happen. Remodeling contractors are not the same in terms of their knowledge, experience, skills, and work attitude. Sometimes, hiring a contractor can be intimidating or confusing since there are many stories about homeowners having wrongful experiences during their remodeling projects. So, the thing is, what are the things you need to know and consider before hiring a remodeling contractor?A successful remodeling projectEach one of us has our own definition or criteria when it comes to successful outcome. In general, one of the most important things to consider for a successful project is that all of your expectations have been met - from the simplest things like paint color or wallpaper design to the more complex ones like plumbing and structural works. Of course, not only the physical appearance of the house but the totality of the project. From the planning stage, doing the project, until the project has been completed. Include with that the fair price for the value that you have received and the added value to your home and your life. The hired remodeling contractor is the one person who has contributed a lot to the project. This means that if you are truly satisfied with the outcome, then it is more likely that you will use the contractor’s services again. Better yet, you will be able to refer the remodeling contractor to your friends and colleagues, which is what contractors want.Choosing the right remodeling contractorHiring the appropriate contractor actually depends on the scope of the project. There are basically different types of contractor, such as general contractor, specialty contractor, architect, or designer. Each of them has their own set of knowledge and skills about home improvement projects. Therefore, planning is one of the key elements for you to have a successful home improvement project.Here are the things that you need to do first before hiring a remodeling contractor:• Know what you need and want – this goes for the remodeling project and the people who need to be involved with the project such as the contractor, handyman, carpenter, and others. For the project, you need to be clear of what you want to be the outcome that will be realistic to the budget that you have. For the contractor, you need someone who you can work with comfortably and who can provide you good quality project result that is relative to the budget. • Interview different contractors – ask first your friends for referrals for they may have worked with contractors as well. If you were able to find three or four contractors, you may want to interview them to know the extent of their experience in doing your remodeling project. You may want to consider the following traits in a contractor: promptness, trustworthiness, professional memberships, certifications, previous projects and clients, referrals and/or repeat clients. While interviewing them, better be aware of how confident and honest they answer your questions. You need a contractor whom you find comfortable to be working with and someone who is capable of completing the work.• Ask for quotes – the quote should include the cost of materials, number of personnel needed, and labor cost. Remember that the lowest cost does not mean that it will always be the right choice. Research on the range of cost for your project. • Have a contract – once you have chosen the right contractor for your remodeling project, make sure to put everything in a legally binding contract. The contract should include schedule of payment, duration of the project, professional fees, and the process of the entire project. The good thing about contract is that you will have the edge if something bad happens to the project. It is a written document for your protection as well as the contractor’s.• Be flexible – expect that there will be some unforeseen circumstances that may affect the remodeling project. For example, weather, availability of materials, and others. As the homeowner, you should be flexible with these factors as these may cause delays or additional costs. Of course, it would be better if these things would be prevented by being 5 steps ahead.
Increasing the value of your homeHaving your own home also means either maintaining or improving its value. This is one of the reasons why you own a home and not renting it. There will be instances that the economic status of the real estate industry will be dwindling and that homeowners should know how to put more value back into their homes. Know for the fact that improving the home is not a guarantee that the value of the home will increase. However, the competitive value of your home will be better rather than leaving it as it is.Home kitchen improvementThe kitchen is a room used for cooking and preparation of food. In most kitchen, it is common that it is equipped with a stove, sink, with running water, refrigerator, counter, and kitchen cabinets. Other additional appliances include microwave oven, dishwasher, and the likes. Its primary function is a location for storing, cooking and food preparation. Some kitchens have provisions for dining, entertainment, and sometimes laundry.There are so many options to choose from when it comes to improving the kitchen. Remember that the kitchen is not like any other room. In many homes. Family members stay most of the time in their kitchen to do their different activities. Cooking and other kitchen activities tend to be family bonding activities that is very important in family relationships. Homeowners have many reasons why they upgrade their kitchen. Some would say that the upgrading is for increasing the value of the home, while others prefer to change the looks of the kitchen since it has become boring and dull. There are some who just want to have a modern kitchen and follow the trend in kitchen design. Whatever the reason is, the output will always be satisfying as long as you get involved in designing and decorating the room.Never invest in an expensive and luxurious kitchen. If you are planning to sell the house in the near future, always consider potential buyers. Upgrading the kitchen to make it appear luxurious means also spending so much to achieve your desired appearance. You will need to buy new and expensive modern kitchen appliances and not to mention the renovation and construction cost. Later on, you might get disappointed why you are not able to sell the house. The kitchen may not blend well with the other rooms of the house. You may have a modern or advanced kitchen but other rooms are, well, antiquated.Choosing the right wall for your kitchenOne of the ways to improve the kitchen and increase the value of the home is to do something for the walls. It may be a small step, but the result will be big. In addition to that you will see that choosing the right wall design of the kitchen will cause drastic improvement to the appearance of the kitchen even if the appliances and other pieces were not upgraded. You can decorate your kitchen walls with nature wall murals that would definitely light up your interior.Here are some ideas to improve the kitchen walls that you will love:• The right color for your kitchen wall. It is common to see white walled kitchen. Who wouldn’t like to have white walled kitchen. It represents cleanliness and hygiene. Likewise, it is easy to spot dirt and other dirt if you have white kitchen walls. However, since it is common and safe, there may be a point where you will get tired of the color and would simply want something new, trendy, and unique. Some designers and homeowners would prefer contrasting colors with the cabinetry. For example, you may still retain the white colored walls but when it comes to the kitchen cabinets, paint something like gray, or dark gray-blue to have an attractive effect. Other colors that would look nice in the kitchen walls are teal-aquamarine, weathered brown to make it more masculine, olive green, merlot red, raspberry, and cayenne.• Shelves. Add shelves on the walls that would be both significant in form and function. This is likewise appropriate for small kitchens, especially if they are decorated with accents or supplies. Paint the shelves with bold colors to make the wall vibrant. • Another trending way to decorate the kitchen wall is the use of over sized and large-format letters in interesting colors and font. The material of the letters are often thin and sturdy metal so that it will be light enough for hanging and can still have the visual impact. • Though rather old school, but still creates the effect that is appropriate for the kitchen. Create a theme for the kitchen wall with wall decor such as flora and fauna, fruits and vegetables, and food. • Art work. One of the most common wall decoration. Though some would say that this is so common and defies the unique style they want, the right art work will become the focal point of the kitchen and will create the impact that you are looking for.
Recycled materials in interior designWhen it comes to interior design, the definition of eco-friendly is not only about preserving the environment and conserving energy. The use of recycled materials play a major role in conceptualizing and designing the interior of the space or room. Many commercial and residential spaces nowadays use recycled materials in creating wonderful interior design concepts. These ideas have widely influenced other owners such that they were able to improve them. Many advocates admire these ideas not only because they help in preserving the planet, but also has created interiors that are eye catching and inspiring.Sustainable development and interior designOne of the leading problems our planet is facing nowadays is pollution. Pollutants are everywhere: air, water, land. Name if, you got it! The accumulation of these pollutants is alarming since they are now leading to detrimental effects to the environment and health. Many organizations have been formed to help in alleviating this crisis. Even government of different countries has their own laws to help preserve the environment. As sons and daughters of the Earth, we can always do our share in saving the planet. As simple as segregating our garbage will contribute a lot in having a healthy environment.Many of us are familiar with the “reduce, reuse, recycle” slogan. The fundamental principles of which are now being applied in interior design as the goal is to minimize the waste that is produced by the household. Some of the things that many consider wastes can actually still be used in many ways. If you are going to check for some information in the internet, it will not just give an idea or so. You will receive tons of information about recycling. All you need is your creativity so that you will be able to incorporate these ideas in your home. Recycled material ideas for the interior that you will loveRecycling is defined as converting what we consider wastes into something useful. We all are aware that a small country can produce tons of garbage every day. It is a fact that most of these garbage contains items that can still be recycled. If we can harvest these items, or if we can use these items before throwing them away, then we would be doing a great deal for our environment. After all, we will all benefit from the small things that we contribute to our environment.Here are some recycled material ideas for your interior that you may find interesting:• Suitcase pet bed / side table – do not throw old suitcases. They may have dual purposes. An open suitcase filled with cushion or cloth can serve as bed for your cats. If you close it, it can also serve as a side table where you can place your night lamp and/or picture frame. Do not forget to customize it by adding legs of your desired height. • Decorative suit jackets – old suit jackets or coats can still be recycled by creating a cover slip for pillows. Make it more stylish by making an alphabet pillow and using the suit jacket as cover.• Wooden picture frames – do you have barn wood that must be discarded ASAP? Think again. These wood products can be recycled into picture frames that appears great especially in cabin or log house.• Recycled bike chain ring – bicycle chain ring can be recycled into a decorative item such as a clock which will be loved by many bike enthusiasts.• Coffee sack basket – your old coffee sack need not be stored in the basement. Make a stylish basket made from coffee sacks and place magazines, towels, and others.• Quilt coasters – no need to throw or keep old quilt fabric. Style them into something useful and attractive by creating fabric quilt coasters that will look nice when placed on the table.• Milk crate stools – milk crates are made from durable plastics. Customize it by adding wooden legs and cushioned top to have an attractive stool your kids will love.• Fabric wall decals – kids love to draw. Sometimes you will just see them drawing and painting the walls of your home. Keep them busy by using your old fabric wall decals and let them use their imagination and creativity in decorating the wall. This will likewise boost their self confidence as their art work is displayed in your home.• Wallpapers - scraps from your wallpapers can make an instant art in your home when you frame it with molding. Or you can use it to brighten your lamp shades, or to make privacy shades, or even use it as a wrapping paper for your kid's birthday! There are other good ideas in making use of recyclable materials. Think out of the box so that you will be able to create something from nothing.