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The outdoors has a unique and beautiful palette that can inspire and relax you. Whether you are a nature lover, or just enjoy its beauty from afar, you can bring that outdoor feeling into your home to brighten it up and give it a more earthy appeal. Looking for a few ways to give your home a more natural appeal? Check out some of the tips below to help bring the outside in.
Incorporate Your Favorite Flowers or Trees
Houseplants are a great way to bring some color indoor, celebrate the changing seasons and also improve the indoor air quality ion your home. Pick some of your favorite flowers, plants and small trees that can be grown indoors and add them as accents to tables, entryways and next to furniture. You can find indoor plants that require varying maintenance, so it is easy to choose one to suit your lifestyle.
Consider Installing Natural Floors
Cork, bamboo and hardwood floors are great materials to help keep your floors warm while providing the perfect natural touch to any room. Not only do these types of floors look stunning with every type of color palette, but they bring a more organic feel to your home than using synthetic flooring.
Let the Natural Light Shine In
Nothing gives you the feel of nature more than sunlight filling your home. Allow windows to remain uncovered, or use only thin sheers to filter out the light. If you are really looking to create an outdoor oasis indoors, consider adding skylights so that the sunlight can shine down on you the same it would if you were outside.
Use Outdoor Elements as Accent Pieces
Those precious shells, driftwood and other unique items you find outside can easily be cleaned up and transformed into the perfect accent piece for a room. You can use them as part of your table or mantel knickknacks, or even use them as a base for end tables and lamps. Beautiful cuts of wood can also be easily transformed into furniture pieces that will bring a natural feel to any room.
Choose Natural Fibers & Materials for Furniture
Next time you pick out a piece of furniture or accent pillow for your space, check out items with more natural textures and materials. Jute, hemp, wicker and rattan can be the perfect choice for chairs, throws, accents pillows, decorative baskets and even your lighting fixtures.
Whether you are looking to have a natural vibe throughout your home, or just simple hints of nature throughout, by following the tips above, you can bring the outdoors into any room in your home.
Pinterest is a beautiful thing. Giving us a truly endless supply of crafts, hacks, tips, and recipes for our homes. But as infamous as Pinterest is for its helpfulness is the plethora of “Pinterest Fails” it leaves in its wake. Here’s how to avoid making your home look like a giant craft project instead of the stylish, chic abode you’re dreaming of.
The most important thing to keep in mind is “just because you can, doesn’t mean you should”. Okay, that might sound mean but let me explain.
Just as you’d carefully select high-end pieces for your home you should carefully select your projects. It can be tempting to do #allthethings since they are cheap, easy and let’s be honest, fun. However, overloading on craft projects or any form of decor quickly crowds out style.
So be as strategic with which projects fit your current surroundings as you would if investing a large chunk of change into a piece. Select projects that are cohesive with the current design of your room and home. If your home is sleek and modern but you add a country chic style piece it’s going to look out of place and throw off your whole room.
Go neutral. This doesn’t mean your whole room needs to be beige (boring!) but reaching for neutral colors more often than not will keep your home looking classy and stylish. If you pull out any home decorating magazine you’ll notice that most of the room is neutral. This allows for the pieces you do choose to pull in color with to really pop and take the spotlight.
One strength of crafts is bringing in a variety of furniture and decor. Again, looking at home decor magazines you’ll notice many rooms don’t have full matching sets. Mix feminine with masculine pieces and soft, smooth fabrics with rich, textures. This brings dimension and interest to your room while scratching the itch to go hunting for great fixer-upper finds.
Less is more. To create a stylish home space is key. This also means you might want to do some decluttering in your home. Stuff has a knack for building up. But by creating lots of breathing space between items you create more room for the items you create to be put on display and admired.
Limit trends. I know this one is hard! Limit the number of trendy items you create to prevent your decor from becoming quickly outdated. And overdoing a trend can make a room feel uncomfortable and stiff. For example, one pallet board craft can be fun. But having several in every room of your house will quickly have your home feeling like a giant craft project. Some other trends pushing their welcome? Chevron and copper everything.
A home bar is one thing that most adults should have in their homes. Even if you’re not a drinker yourself, you should have something on hand to offer guests when they come over for an evening of food and conversation. You’ll need the right setup, the right tools, and the right recipes handy to have the perfect home bar. Whether you have a bar already or are looking to build your own, we have all the tips that you’ll need as a rookie bartender.
You’ll need quite a few essentials in your home bar including but not limited to:
- Bar tools
- Recipe books
Find The Right Surface To Transform Into A Bar
You can easily transform any table, sideboard, or cart into a bar. If the vessel that you’re using has a drawer, that’s even better. You can keep all of your bottles, glasses, decanters, and openers in one convenient place. It’s not bad if you can’t fit all of your supplies in one place. Less used items can be stored in the pantry.
You can even use a simple bookshelf to store all of your bar supplies. Transform any bookcase from “boring bookshelf” to home bar in no time. You can arrange the shelving by category, giving each shelf a purpose. You can keep spirits on one shelf, glasses on another shelf, tools on another, and recipe books on another shelf.
Does Your Home Have An Actual Bar Built-In?
Many homes actually have bars built in, but people rarely use them because they feel inexperienced in using the bar tools of the trade. Whether you have a full wet bar or a simpler dry bar, keep all of the essentials there. You’ll need:
- Bar towel
- Trash can
- Bar spoon
- Access to ice
- Simple Syrup
- Old fashioned glass
- Mesh strainer
Location Of The Bar
If you’re setting up a brand new bar, there’s a variety of places that you can put the bar. If you have space in the kitchen, you can add it to a corner right there. Other great places for your bar could be a den or a man cave. Wherever you’ll spend time hanging out with company is a good place to keep your bar. If you have children, you might even consider getting a locking cabinet system for your liquor. You don’t want little hands getting into what they’re not supposed to.
Setting up your own home bar is something to be proud of. It will be quite the conversation piece when guests come over. You’ll be able to discuss your collection of liquors and see if friends have any recommendations as to what you might add to your selection of liquors. A home bar is an entertaining essential.
Not many people would readily consider the bathroom as the prime spot for flower decoration but propping a small vase of flowers on your vanity is a natural yet high-impact way to add a layer of color and a touch of luxury to your bathroom.
A small vase of colorful can also bring freshness to the most unremarkable, mundane moments. Times like when you're getting ready for the long day ahead. Or if you're having guests over soon, featuring floral arrangements in your bath is a lovely way to surprise them as well: It shows your attention to detail and will make them feel extra welcome. Here's a guide to perfecting your bathroom florals.
Bathrooms can be tiny compared to other rooms in your house, but having less open area to place substantial vases. You'll need to become selective with how you display your colorful blooms. If you're short on counter space, you can opt for tiny bud vases. Or, use single blossoms or sprigs of greenery. You can put one of these just beside the hand basin or line a few up on the windowsill to make a feature.
If you have extra room, try putting a larger vase onto a chic stool in a dark corner of the bathroom and make a floral statement.
Once you're determined to add blooms to your bathroom, you need to be mindful of which flowers you choose. Not every blossom handles the humidity that comes with this space well.
Here are some ideas to try: Flowers like orchids work well. Or consider Australian natives such as eucalyptus and banksias that are bathroom-happy botanicals with long shelf-life.
Need some quick tips on getting your bathroom bloom arrangement to be just perfect?
- Make sure your arrangements are compact, so there’s less chance of the flowers getting knocked over.
- Make sure to keep your blossoms away from direct sunlight or places that will radiate heat, such as the bath – particularly if you're using delicate flowers.
- Make sure you use heated light at a minimum for longer-lasting flowers.
- Change the water regularly.Ready to take your botanical bathroom experience to the next level?
- Get some eucalyptus from the shops – or your backyard if you can.
- Run some string or twine around a few stems.
- Fix it up in a bunch in the shower.
- Grind the leaves a little so while you shower a steamy eucalyptus experience greets you every day.
When prepping your home for viewing, little touches such as a fresh sprig of blooms in your bathroom leave a favorable impression with potential homebuyers.
Decorating your home as an adult can be a taxing task. Transitioning from a college student to a professional can take some time. Once you buy your first home, you may find that your tastes for decorating need an upgrade. Those old posters and funny magnets have got to go along with your more sophisticated lifestyle. The decor in your home should make you feel comfortable in your surroundings. You should express your own personal interests through the artwork that’s displayed in your home.
Pieces of artwork shouldn’t just be run-of-the-mill. You need something that will let your personality shine through. You can collect unique pieces in your travels, use personal photographs that you have taken, or simply find things that have meaning for you.
It can be sort of intimidating to dive into a more mature way of decorating but, it can be very rewarding. You’ll also learn a lot about your own style and yourself. Through this self-discovery, you’ll find artwork that you can continue to grow with in your home. Below, you’ll find some tips for choosing the right artwork for your home.
Set A Budget
Buying artwork can be an investment. If you’re a new homeowner, you may need to hold back on getting expensive art for a few years. Set a limit for how much art you want to buy and what you can afford. There are plenty of ways to get decorating pieces for your home for less money. Many stores offer artwork that can add some character to your walls. Even if these aren’t Picasso originals, they can certainly add some flair to the emptiness of a new house. Everything that adds personality to your home isn’t hanging on a wall either. Your decor includes the small figures on your tables, statues, plants, and more.
Have Goals In Mind
If you begin hanging artwork without some reason, your decorating scheme could end up being a disaster. Map out a plan for each room. Think of themes, colors palettes, and the vision for the space. You don’t want to make a serious investment in artwork only to find out that it doesn’t fit with your wall color or furniture. When choosing artwork, it’s important to consider each room as a whole.
Know That Tastes Change Over Time
If you do invest in an expensive piece of artwork, know that it may not suit your needs forever. That’s OK! You can always sell artwork and find replacement pieces over time. It’s not expected that whatever you hang in your home when you move in will stay there for the next 20 years! Artwork very much flows with our lives, so go with the flow.