Monday, February 16, 2015
A living room means so much to a family. It is the place where you relax, read your favorite book, watch television with your entire family, play with your kids and even entertain your guests. It should be decorated keeping in mind all the activities it usually accommodates. Here are some small living room decorating ideas that you would find very useful.
Less is always more
No matter how much you love your old sofa set or the bean bag, you should always try to keep the living room clutter free. Do not put any furniture that doesn’t serve the room’s basic purpose. A living room should look and feel spacious.
Instead of a full sofa set, you can opt for a single sofa and place several chairs in the room to accommodate more people and yet leave lots of space around. Mount the television on the wall and get extra space. Instead of a big carpet, use small area rugs to designate different areas and also add pop of colors to your living room decor.
Choose colors for your living room
While choosing colors for your living room, keep in mind its size. Light colors make a room look larger while dark colors make it look smaller. Lighting also affects the look and feel of a room. The true shade of the color comes out in natural light. Direct light would make dark colors look brighter and too dramatic. So restrict these colors for walls that get indirect sunlight.
Furniture in light hues like white, off-white or beige is the current trend. You can combine them with dark colored curtains and rugs and pillows. For a unique look, get pillow covers in different textures. You can get a layered look and also make your living room exude warmth.
Create a focal point in your living room
The easiest way to make your living room stand apart is to add a focal point to it. A fireplace, a chandelier or a silk flower arrangement on a coffee table can become the focal point of your room. Actually you can explore your creativity and choose your own and unique focal point. A fake palm tree placed at a prominent place of the room can be the ideal focal point if you want your living room to don a natural look.
A coffee table with a bunch of lilies in a tall vase or your collection of sea shells would add a different dimension to your living room. Most of us like to put up photo frames on the living room wall. You can create a collage of your favorite photos and let the room reflect your personality.
When it comes to home decor, it’s the little things that create a huge difference. So use your own living room decorating ideas and revel in your creativity.
Wednesday, February 11, 2015
If you go through home decor magazines or websites, you will surely come across the term “focal point” and how to create focal points in your rooms and make it look attractive. Well, to create a focal point, first you need to know what a focal point is and then incorporate it in your rooms. So we will start with defining a focal point so it becomes easier for you to create one.
What is a focal point?
How often it has happened to you that you enter a room and something catches your eye? It is the most important feature of the room and forms the center of the decor of the room. It is the focal point of the room. So a focal point is the most striking feature of a room that defines the decoration and gives it a different meaning.
How to create a focal point in a room?
Now we come to the most important issue – how to create a focal point in a room so that it looks not only beautiful but also stands apart in the eyes of the viewers? What can be a focal point in a room? A fireplace can be a focal point. A coffee table or a window can be a focal point too. Once I visited a house that had a big window looking into the garden. That window with a big palm tree beside it made me appreciate the aesthetic sense of the host.
I would suggest you to choose a focal point that reflects your personality. If you love nature, place a big potted plant in the room and create a vibrant yet relaxing effect in the room. If you love books, get a uniquely designed bookcase to showcase your collections. You will find your guests getting attracted to the bookcase and admiring your taste.
Do you love collecting artifacts? Place a few but chosen artifacts on the coffee table that would leave your guests mesmerized by your aesthetic sense. Even a candle stand with colored candles can do the trick for your room.
If you want your room to look exclusive, mount a mirror in a beautiful frame on the wall and place lights that would highlight it. You can organize pictures on a wall to make it the focal point. Similarly, brightly colored rugs placed at the centre of a room would act as a strong focal point.
While choosing a focal point, remember to arrange the furniture in a way to make everyone appreciate it. Moreover for a focal point to work, you should keep the room clutter free. With these room decorating ideas, we hope you would be able to create a focal point that would leave your guests surprised.
Monday, February 9, 2015
Your home desperately needs a makeover and no one knows that better than you. It’s the first stumbling block that is creating the problem for you – choosing color for your home decor. With us, should you be worrying over such a thing? Not at all. So, let’s share some home decorating ideas that will help you to choose the color palette for your home.
What’s in and what’s out?
You should know what’s trending in home decor, right? Yes, there are some colors which are in and some which designers do not prefer much. Neutrals are in now. White and soft colors never go out of fashion due to their eternal appeal. Warm colors like orange, yellow and purple are also getting many likes. However, if you want a unique look for your home, go for zebra designs or intense contrasts like red and green.
The starting point
Are you unable to decide how to start? Well, get a floor plan of your house for an easy reference. The rooms that are interconnected or the one that can be viewed from another one should have similar colors. You may also start from the most centrally located room in your house, namely the living room or the kitchen.
Choosing colors for your home decor
Choose a neutral color to be safe if you are unsure of your own choice. Nowadays, most interior decorators advise to add pop of colors to make a room look vibrant. So you can add colorful mats or curtains or vases to create focal points in the room.
Choose a few colors from the color palette and use them in the home décor. An off-white painted room would look warm with a vase full of red roses. You may also choose to have orchids to add a touch of green. For a warm glow add a big sofa in yellow with multi-colored cushions thrown in.
As you proceed from the central room, keep on adding colors from the color palette. Your bedroom can have an ocean theme with different hues of blue mixed and matched to create a tranquil effect.
For the kids’ room opt for warm and vibrant colors. Placing mats in geometric designs or having bright colored curtains can also do the trick.
If you love bold colors, go for them. However, beware of having too much of bold colors in adjacent rooms as that can break the harmony in the decor.
Home decorating ideas should be used keeping in mind harmony of colors. You can get creative with different colors and create intense contrasts but in small proportions to create the right effect.
We hope you have already decided on the colors for your home. Let us know how your home looks after the makeover.