Paris is an iconic city.
Why wouldn’t you want your living space to reflect the majesty of one of the most beautiful places of the world?
Maybe you’ve been to Paris and fell in love. Maybe you’ve never been there. Either way, its beauty is something hard to forget, but not so difficult to capture through careful interior design. By taking the following simple tips you’ll be decorating like a Parisian in no time.
1- Keep your walls white.
Maximize light. It’s rare that you’ll find a Paris home that doesn’t have white walls. Color can be tactfully used elsewhere.
2- Hang chandeliers.
Nothing induces the romance of the City of Love more than decorative overhead lighting.
3- Use vintage elements.
Perhaps you already have some, but if not, it may be a good idea to visit a vintage shop. Sparkly, brand new pieces don’t have as much character or story as those that look like they’ve been previously loved.
4- Don’t be afraid to step outside the box.
In order to get a truly Parisian feel, it’s a good idea to follow these rules, but don’t get so stuck to them that you’re afraid to be yourself. Show off your style and be a little funky. Odd art pieces, abstract paintings, and geometric rugs are all welcome.
Paris has inspired people the world over. Chances are, if you’re reading this, it has inspired you as well. Now that the mystery has been taken away from it, go forth and decorate like a true Parisian!
You know the feeling you get when you come back from a stay at the beach? Relaxed, energized, laid back. Now imagine having that feeling all year round, sans the sand.
Coastal interior design isn’t just for those who live by the sea. Sure, the nautical elements often used work well within beach cottages and cabins, but there’s so much more to coastal interior design.
Coastal design would allow you to keep a piece of summer with you throughout the harsh Buffalo winters that many of us know all too well. The soft, beachy colors and effortless flow of the space may even trick your mind into thinking you’re coming home to an oceanside paradise everyday.
Since Buffalo is far from coastal living, you may feel the need to limit, or even eliminate, the use of anchors, oars, coral and other sea-related objects. And while there are many color palettes you can choose from — whether capitalizing more on white, blue or a light tan — regardless of the colors and items you choose to incorporate, there are some tips you should keep in mind for your newly coastal space.
1-Don’t get caught on one color.
You don’t want to drown out a space by overloading it with one color. For example:
Incorporating other sections of the color spectrum can go a long way.
2- Coastal design is just that.
Think nautical; think maps. But put a new twist on them, perhaps by cutting them into shapes and framing them.
3- Weathered wood.
Not only does it add a rustic feel to the space, but a natural and soothing one.
4- Bring outdoors in.
Wicker chairs and tables that may be traditionally utilized outdoors have their space within a coastal home.
With all that being said, don’t be afraid to trust your instincts and be cliche if need be. As long as you can feel the fresh air and picture the waves coming in, you’ll have done it right.
Perhaps you’ve heard about the Organic Modern interior design style and want to give it a shot. Maybe you’ve never even heard about it and are about to get inspired.
What was once a popular style back in the 1940’s and 50’s went under the radar for quite some time, but has resurfaced as a popular interior design option today. The clean and open layout may lend itself to a space more conducive to the creative process by ridding the area of distractions and filling it with a natural ambiance.
While this style could be referred to as “shabby chic” to the novice interior designer, there’s nothing shabby about it. There are some things to keep in mind when it comes to turning your space Organic Modern:
1- Be neutral.
Let your color palette be that of the colors in the woods. Think tree bark, grass, moss and soil. Stray from bright colors as they can break apart the soothing ambiance.
Linen, burlap, flax — they are all your friends. Sometimes life can be rough, as your textures can be. Provide a good mix.
3-Most importantly, be natural.
Don’t incorporate any plastic furniture in your space. Try to have as many items that look like they were inspired by nature as possible. Plastic sends a sterile vibe that just clashes with the style in an Organic Modern home.
So when you think Organic Modern, think rustic, but with a modern flair. Once you partake in your Organic Modern interior design adventure, your space will start to shape itself.
When the term Bohemian is used, it’s usually in the context of describing something as unconventional and “artsy.” When used to describe a specific style of interior design, the same description applies, but the results are soothing and quite beautiful.
As you can see, the style is anything but restrictive. There are many paths a Bohemian-inspired home can take. There are just a few design tips to keep in mind.
1- Have plants, and lots of them.
Green is one of the key colors when it comes to Boho interior design. The style rests on an earthy color palette (think greens, browns, oranges) with splashes of vibrancy. Not only is the color green soothing and natural, but the oxygen produced by the plants is good for air quality- and it just feels good to be living in a space with other living things.
2- Pillows a must.
First of all, pillow shopping is probably the most fun shopping experience there is due to the seemingly endless array of textures, colors, patterns and prints. Secondly, the pillows will set the comfortable mood of your apartment, making you feel like you’re walking into a personal oasis everyday. You can go eclectic or streamlined, it’s up to you. And that’s the beauty of Boho.
In order to keep maximum room for wall furnishings, plants and canopies, keep your furniture low to the ground. It add levels and makes your space more visually interesting.
Think a Bohemian makeover is right for you? Give it a try by following these few simple instructions. Even if you don’t go full fledged Boho, perhaps your new decor will inspire you to break down some mental walls and feel more creative within your space.
You’ve probably heard of the Art Deco style of art and design popular in the 20s and 30s, but considering it for your home is a much more involved task. This style was born of the post-World War I optimism and offered a more elegant and eccentric form of expression. Let’s take a look at some of the most prominent characteristics that define the Art Deco style.
The most common colors from this era of art and interior design were palettes of black with green and red, including highlights of gold, chrome, or silver. The rich assertiveness of these color schemes serves to portray a minimalist mindset while also bringing in the boldness of the pre-World War II years.
Textures and Surfaces
The sleekness of this era comes through in the smooth textures of furniture and finishings. Tables and counters will often be left clear in a minimalist style, and sometimes glass is used as an accent piece to really soften and smooth out the feel of a room. Smooth-finished wood and clean designs really bring the Art Deco style to life.
Sleek and modern, but comfortable, Art Deco furniture often features chrome accents and an influence from many different countries from around the world. The post-war era brought about a new excitement for travel and international interest, and this showed through in the styles and designs. Pieces made after French, English and Mediterranean styles would have been extremely common, and Art Deco often brought a little of all of this together in one unified fashion.
If you’re unfamiliar with the concept of modern interior design, you might think it just refers to a style of design in alignment with current trends and contemporary developments, but that’s not necessarily the case. The heart of modern design actually mirrors the traits of the modern art movement, which was a noted departure from the lavish styles or the artistic movements that preluded it. But while modern art often delves into the abstract and the experimental, modern interior design keeps a focus on simplicity and function.
Here are some defining characteristics of modern interior design and why you might want to consider including them in your living space.
In keeping with the simplicity of the modern theme, rooms designed in a modern style usually feature straight lines and clean patterns. In contrast to the carved decorations and textured furnitures that preceded modern design, this style will keep things simple and mostly flat without adding additional detail and complication.
Bold Use of Color
Modernist thinking was all about shaking free of the norms, and this can be seen in the use of bold colors that add visual contrast and stand out from the rest of the space. It is common in modern designs to see one sitting chair or an accent pillow of bold contrasting color included to set itself apart from the room around it. Use of modern art itself hung on walls can be a way to bring out strong colors or add a sense of abstractness to an otherwise straight and even space, adding to the modern design aesthetic.
Modern design focuses on removal of the unnecessary and inclusion only of pieces that provide function or purpose. This leads to a general lack of clutter and open floor plans. It is common in modern interior design for walls to be minimized and shelves or other storage to be built into recesses instead of protruding out into the floor plan.
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Your apartment style is a big part of the way you and your guests will feel while hanging out at your place, but there are a lot of small aesthetic changes you can make to your living space to make it more conducive to good moods and positive feelings. Aside from your place of work, your home is probably where you spend most of your waking hours, so staying happy while you’re there is important to your overall quality of life.
Here are some easy tips to think about that can revamp the energy at your apartment and get you back to feeling the good vibes.
This might seem like a no-brainer, but you’re more likely to feel depressed and down if you aren’t getting adequate lighting into your living space. Try to get at least two or three different lighting sources in each room at your house or apartment, and consider changing up the intensity or mood of each light. You might not always want to sit under bright fluorescent lighting, so change it up and try getting some softer lamps to change the color temperature of your rooms.
Be sure to take advantage of windows and natural lighting, too. Sunlight can work wonders on your mood and your apartment if you can find good ways to let it in. If you have an apartment with a lot of windows, open up your curtains, and let the light in.
Plants have a great way of freshening up your living space and bringing life into a room. If your space is lifeless and dull, you’ll probably feel that way too.
Look around your apartment and take an inventory of all the stuff you have laying around. Do you really need it all? Is that stuff that’s been sitting on your desk or your floor really important to hang on too? If the answer is no, just ditch it. Having lots of clutter and garbage around can add tension and stress to a room or to your mind.
And on that note, cleaning up in general never hurts. Dust and mildew can affect your ability to breathe clean air and harm your health, and all of that leads to a sadder you. Even cleaning once a week or once every other week can really turn around the mood in your apartment.
Shake It Up
If your apartment feels stale and stagnant, move things around! Re-arrange your bedroom or your living room and try out new setups for your furniture. Day after day of the same routine and the same living space setup can wear you down, so try getting creative with your space and changing it up every once in a while when you get sick of it.
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While minimalism might sound easy, it might be one of the hardest interior looks to pull of. Yes, you have fewer things to find or placement, but because of that you must make the most of what you have.
Symmetry can add a lot to a minimalist space, but it is by no means necessary.
Lighting will be especially important in a space that lacks a lot of stuff. Use light to accentuate the furniture, and take advantage of the open space.
You’ll notice, in most minimalist spaces, that neutral tones lay heavily on the color palette. Wish splashes of color and strategically-placed plant life, you will have a nice, clean and relaxing space.
Let’s be honest – window treatments are boring. But, a room that lacks window treatments is also boring. They might not be flashy or fun to talk about, but window treatments really add a lot to a room, especially in apartments. You often don’t have the option to paint or install various customizations to an apartment space. But, with window treatments, you can add a lot of personality with very little effort on your part.
If you like a more bohemian look, you can get really creative with your windows. The look above could easily be accomplished through some eclectic DIY.
Of course, if you like a classic appeal, you can try out vintage or antique treatments. How easy these are to find could vary, but you might find some really neat pieces in consignment, antique or good will stores.
On the flip side – clean cut and straight lines make for good accents in a modern or industrial space.
Dining rooms can be a bit tricky, especially in apartments. In lofts, you might have some more space to be creative, but sometimes in apartments you are just working with what you have.
However, if you take some simple considerations into account, your apartment dining area can be stylish and useful.
Before doing anything, assess the space in your dining area. Do you have an entire room or do you need to fit your dining table into a kitchen or other room? How large of a table can your space afford? How many chairs do you need and how many chairs can you actually have. Noting all of this will make it easier as you get to work.
Will your dining area end up making for a good home office? If so, you may want to choose a table and chairs with ergonomics to accommodate longer durations of sitting, typing, writing and so on.
You’ll want to have good ambient lighting in your dining area, but you’ll also want to make sure that you have brighter lights available, in case ambient lighting isn’t enough.
Based on the space, your family and frequency of having guests, you will end up choosing more or less chairs. Keep in mind that you can always store extra chairs elsewhere in the case of additional diners.
When you have the logistics figured out, then you can decide on a style. If you have a small space, a utilitarian style, such as industrial or modern might suit you well, as it will make it easier to save space and suit several purposes.