Themed home designs are great for honing-in on design aspirations. Having a theme makes it easier to choose pieces and colors since you already have a goal in mind. If you’ve decided on a Winter Wonderland theme, for instance, you can simply head to the store and pick out snow-covered wreaths, off-white pillows, and a glittery Christmas tree. The theme guides your décor ideas and purchases, making it easier for you to pick out the necessary items to bring the whole idea to life.

Before you decide on a theme, consider the following factors.

Appropriateness

Many entertain guests in their homes, throwing frequent birthday and dinner parties. If your family is the type who loves having guests over, make sure you pick a theme that is appropriate for guests of all ages. You wouldn’t want your guests feeling out of place and uncomfortable in your home.

Longevity and Flexibility

Think about how long the themed designs can last before it gets tiresome. Changing your décor every few months can be tedious and not to mention, costly. Pick a theme that lasts throughout the changing of seasons and can easily be updated with a few accents here and there. For example, an autumn themed décor can transition over to winter with just a few changes in the furnishings and decorations.

While some themes are fun, especially those rooted in the holidays (like Halloween and Christmas), overusing them can be pretty jarring for your guests. Some may find it amusing, others may feel disconcerted. If you want your house to radiate warmth and comfort, limit your themed decors to pertinent seasons and holidays of the year.

A themed home décor creates the mood for the holidays and provides a change of scenery from the usual style seen in most homes. Just make sure to draw the line when it comes to choosing your theme.

The choices you make in decorating your home reflect a lot on your personality and your lifestyle. Adding personal style to home design adds a sense of warmth to any living space.

Following trends can be refreshing, but it may distract you from getting in touch with your personal style. Here are a few tips to follow to prevent blindly buying into trends,

Likes and Dislikes

Determine these two things by browsing home décor magazines or walking through showrooms. Do you prefer big, comfortable couches over smaller sofa sets? Which texture of carpets and rugs appeals to you? Do you find glass-topped tables difficult or wonderful?

By looking through the array of choices available and figuring out what appeals to you, you can narrow down your likes and dislikes. You can use this as a guide later on, when forming the base of your design aesthetics.

Color Palette

Color plays a huge factor in any design. Take the time to figure out how different colors make your feel and create a color palette around that. Surrounding yourself with colors that are specifically suited to your temperament is a great way to hone-in on your style.

For example, if the color purple brightens up your day, opt for a purple Christmas tree for the coming holidays. It’s unique and adds an instant pop of color into any room.

Passions

Bring your passion into play. If you love to travel, incorporate the various knick-knacks and souvenirs you’ve collected during your trips. By doing so, you surround yourself with the things you love the most and this creates a relaxed, homey vibe in your living space.

If you’re not into collecting souvenirs, use items that remind you of the destinations you’ve been to. For instance, you can recreate that memorable beach escapade by adding palm trees to a corner of a room. Place small stones at its base and relive the fun, warmth of summer no matter the time of year.

Experiment

Nothing helps you learn more about yourself than the thrill of trying something new for the first time. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different furnishings and styles. Trying them out in your living space is the only you can really tell if something works for you; and if it doesn’t, you can replace the décor with something else.

Most importantly, have fun. By discovering your personal style, you can tackle any design projects in the future.

The colors you see every day affects your mood, with each color triggering a different emotional response. Red, for example, is known to increase energy and aggression, while yellow releases a feel-good chemical (serotonin) that instantly lifts your mood—much like how exposure to light and sunshine boosts happiness levels.

Since colors play such a vital role in setting the mood, it’s only natural to harness this into your home decorating plans. By tapping into the mood potential of colors, you can design your home to become a comfortable sanctuary attuned to your personality.

Complementary Colors

Colors complement each other, so use complementary colors when deciding on a color for a room. Too much of a single color can be overbearing to the senses. So mix and match to suit the needs of a room.

For instance, orange is a warm hue and spaces painted in a warm orange tend to look more inviting. However, too much orange, especially the kind mixed with a lot of red can be overwhelming. Tone it down with a kind of blue that complements the orange shade. Blue is a calming color and will detract any of the harshness from the orange

Personal Palette

Everyone differs on how colors affect them. Red may incite feelings of aggression in another, while another may feel a heightened sense of passion. Ensure that the colors you use are in sync with your personality by creating a personal color palette and using it in your home.

You can do this by sitting down with a bunch of color swatches and evaluating how each of the colors affects you. Keep a list of all the colors that are pleasing to you and work your color palette around that. If you live with your family, show them the colors you’ve chosen and ask them to evaluate how the colors make them feel as well. Since you’re all living together, the colors should be pleasing for everyone.

Have fun adding color to your home. You can either repaint entire walls, or just add little pops of color through furniture or wall accents. As long as the colors you choose work harmoniously with your mood, there’s no way you can go wrong with your home design.

Many people hope to establish a home design that needs minimal redecorating throughout the year. Decorating the space according to season and holiday is fun, but homeowners with limited time aim for a versatile design that can be updated with simple additions.

A great way to have an effortlessly beautiful home design all year is to choose colorful yet elegant accents. Tabletop trees are ideal accessories, especially colorful artificial ones. These trees fit well in any room, even in offices and lobbies. In addition, tabletop trees are splendid embellishments in small homes and apartments, saving space without diminishing the festive mood of special occasions or holidays.

Treetopia’s I’m Just a Rainbow Tabletop Christmas Tree is a lovely addition to any home design that kids and adults alike can appreciate. The vibrant rainbow colors make it  a captivating accessory in living room side tables or accent tables against dining room walls. It blends easily within any color scheme, theme, or season.

For different festivities, this tree enlivens the home whether you hang ornaments and lights or leave it unadorned. Place some tiny bird or butterfly ornaments to welcome spring or string a few clear lights on the tree in time for Halloween.

Intersperse cottony balls on the branches for winter and hang tiny candy canes or Santa ornaments when winter and the holiday season rolls in. Think up a theme each year and decorate to your heart’s content with less ornaments and in less time because of its convenient size.

Spread cheer throughout the year with attractive and stylish tabletop trees. With the Rainbow Tabletop Tree, your home becomes more chic and vibrant.

 

Christmas is always a festive time and many people look forward to getting their homes ready for the holidays. Unfortunately, the season also tends to yield a significant amount of waste because of discarded ornaments. Recycling old decor not only contributes greatly to the environment, it also allows homeowners to cut back on their expenses. Here are a few ideas you can try.

Display in glass bowls or jars

Ornaments in different colors can be used as table centerpieces or accents to shelves and window sills. Place an assortment of glass balls in clear jars and display on top of a shelf or side table. You can also place a cluster of ornaments in a layered crystal bowl as a table centerpiece.

Spruce up with glitter and ribbons

Used ornaments are usually discarded because they’ve lost their luster. Spruce them up with a fresh layer of paint or glitter glue. Sometimes, a large golden or silver bow is enough to make a statement. Old Christmas balls can be refreshed by surrounding them with a cluster of hollies.

Add new embellishments

If the paint can’t be restored, remove the remaining paint both outside and inside using bleach and a rag. Place a photo, a print-out of holiday messages like the word “peace,” potpourri, or any colorful materials inside the clear ball, put the two sides together again, then finish off with a ribbon for hanging.

You can also decorate the exterior by gluing pieces of beads and other handicraft trimmings like sequins and small bows. Another option is to transform the balls into decoupage ornaments by covering up with used gift wrappers.

Make an ornament wreath

Mix and match ornaments that have accumulated through the years and turn them into a wreath or garland. Use an old hanger or sturdy wire fashioned into a circle. Thread the wire through the wire loop of the Christmas balls until full. Secure the ends of the wire together and then decorate the wreath with ribbons, tinsel, or other trimmings. To create a wider wreath, you can purchase a styrofoam wreath as base then simply glue the ornaments together.

Re-purposing old ornaments is a great way to save on holiday decorating and help reduce your ecological footprint every Christmas. Plus, it’s a lovely opportunity to create a unique holiday design you can proudly call your own.

A black Christmas tree is a great choice if you’re looking for a holiday design with unique charm and personality. Viewed as a modern and stylish alternative, black Christmas trees are becoming quite popular as a holiday centerpiece as the dark hue makes a perfect backdrop for shimmering ornaments. Its versatility is an even more enticing option—it never goes out of style and can be easily redecorated as a year-round, interesting home décor. Here are some decorating ideas you can try:

Tuxedo Drama

Establish a minimalist yet classy look by adding clear lights and white ornaments. Twine silky ribbons as garlands and hang white Christmas balls of varying sizes for an elegant black-and-white look. If you want more style, look for white Christmas ornaments with simple black detail.

Starry Night

Recreate the beauty of a dark, starry sky on your tree for a dramatic look perfect for cozy holiday get-togethers. String clear lights on the tree and hang dark blue and silver Christmas balls and tinsel garlands. Complete the look with different star and moon-shaped ornaments as well as those with glitters or sequins.

Crystal Luxury

Black represents lavish style and a top choice for fine dining events and grand night balls. Exude rich taste in your holiday design by decorating your black tree with crystal or glass ornaments. If you have the budget, hang Swarovski crystals or glass ornaments. You can also make your own, like angels, stars, and snowflakes. If you want to add more fun, go for reindeer, snowman, and stocking designs. Add shimmer with clear lights and pearl or crystal bead garlands.

Royal Purple

Make Victorian style your inspiration and evoke a royal atmosphere with a purple theme. Hang white or glass Christmas balls trimmed with purple lace or satin and dot the tree with some purple flowers. Twine purple garlands and silver bead garlands around the tree. Silky or velvety purple tassels give a rich look. For a more Victorian feel, make purple and silver cornucopias with silky ribbons and fill with nuts or treats.

Halloween Christmas

Stringing orange lights around a black tree gives a captivating appeal that is perfect for Halloween lovers. Blend Halloween festivity with Christmas by adding pumpkin or bat ornaments together with orange Christmas balls and tinsel garlands.

Traditional Trendy

Gold and silver are timeless holiday colors that fit very well with black trees, too. Gold and silver ornaments and garlands make the tree stand out all the more. With a black tree, you can never hang too many glittery Christmas balls! Tie large bows of gold and silver ribbons for a breathtaking design.

If you long to feature a vintage-themed tree, hang fun tin ornaments like Santa and reindeer designs. You can also create an old-fashioned look by making paper ornaments like peace cranes and garlands. You won’t go wrong with daring colors like pink or bright blue if you want to veer away from tradition.

Make a statement this holiday season with a stunning black Christmas tree to complete your holiday design.

Christmas comes only once a year and when it does, families head down to their basements or attics to lug out the Christmas trees they’ve stored for the past year. It’s a yearly tradition that some may find a chore, especially since the decorated tree will only be displayed for a month or so before it returns to its box and left to gather dust for another eleven months. The effort and investment in a good Christmas tree seem like such a waste.

Make the most out of your Christmas tree by using it as a year-round indoor decoration for your home instead. It’s as simple as just adjusting the decorations to suit various holidays. Here are a few fun suggestions you can try:

Valentine’s Day

The next great celebration after Christmas, besides the New Year, is Valentine’s Day—when people celebrate their love for each other, stringing paper hearts along corridors and doors. Replace your usual Christmas tree decorations with paper hearts; each filled a sweet message for all your family and friends. Top the tree with a cupid, instead of the usual Christmas angel and throw in a bit of pink and red tinsel around the tree. If the tree just happens to be pink, the better! The Cotton Candy Pink Christmas tree adds the right amount of Valentine’s sweetness to any room.

Fourth of July

Celebrate Independence Day by sprucing up your tree in the colors of America. Wrap red, white, and blue streamers around the tree, hang little American flags on the branches, and add the sparkle of fireworks through gold and silver tinsel. Top off your tree with an Uncle Sam top hat. You may even draw inspiration from this patriotic tree by spraying it with red, white, and blue artificial snow.

Halloween

Add something unique into your Halloween decoration by covering the tree with fake spider webs, miniature pumpkins, and witch-themed ornaments on the branches. The Colossal Candy Corn Christmas Tree is perfect for the porch as you hand out candies to children going Trick-or-Treat.

In-Between

When you’re not celebrating any special occasions, keep your tree bare and create a pseudo-outdoor area in your living space. Surround it with small potted bushes and plants and cover the base with stones. If you want, you may even sprinkle the branches with a few dried leaves to bring the feel of autumn into your home. With an addition of a few comfortable armchairs and a coffee table, you’ll have created a nice, relaxing nook where you can spend the day quietly reading.

When Christmas ends, try out the few suggestions listed above. Just remember to be creative and go all out in your decorations. This way, you’d be able to experience the joy of tree decorating all year round.

 

Summer evokes relaxing getaways with family and friends. While not everyone can afford out-of-town vacations, it’s easy to enjoy the refreshing ambiance of the season right in the comfort of the home.

Accentuate your porch

Summer is all about an inviting entryway for outdoor tea time or al fresco dining. Accessorize your porch with potted artificial palm trees in a corner or beside a porch swing or day bed. Plant some cactus in pots and make a terrarium in an aquarium bowl to decorate the porch table. Hang a wreath with bright flowers on the door.

Flaunt vibrant colors and patterns

A fresh coat of paint in bright colors instantly creates a fresh atmosphere. Repaint furniture, walls, doors, and fences in summer hues like yellows and oranges, or cool blues and greens. White is also a favorite as it serves as a perfect backdrop to other decorations.

Choose throw pillow covers, curtains, and beddings in light colors. Look for fun stripes or botanic prints that represent the season like flowers, insects, birds, or beach themes like boats, fishes, and the sea. Bring out brightly colored dishes, too!

Go for light material

For fabrics or furniture, opt for those made of light materials. Sheer or gauzy fabric that flows with every slight breeze is your best choice for curtains. This also works for table cloths and bed covers, but you can also lay a sheer cloth over them to establish a wispy feel.

Instead of heavy wooden furnishing, bring out wicker furniture or metal table and chair sets painted in white. These are ideal for porches or patios at this time of the year.

Let nature in

Revel in the invigorating outdoor ambiance by bringing in hints of nature. Embellish windows with potted plants and fill vases with fresh, colorful flowers. Create a table centerpiece of flowers set on floral foam in a basket or arrange oranges, lemons, and apples on a layered crystal dish. If you have a green thumb, put up a small indoor garden of potted herbs like rosemary and basil on a kitchen sill or a window box.

Bring in natural vibe by using furnishings made of natural materials like bamboo wall décor or framing up pictures or paintings of landscapes. And to complete that comforting feel, purchase scented candles for some aromatherapy.

Bring in the beach

Imagining yourself lounging on the beach? Create a beach retreat in your living room by replacing some of your sofa chairs with a lounge chair made of natural material. Pair it up with some wicker chairs or a side table and you can relax indoors on a hot summer day.

You don’t have to travel or overhaul your home to fully appreciate what summer has to offer. Simple tweaks to home design like additional decorations and modest renovations are enough to create a fresh look.

Red, white, and blue are the colors of patriotism for many Americans especially when Independence Day rolls in. The 4th of July is the perfect time to transform your home into a stylish display of American pride. Though this special day is only celebrated once a year, simple changes to home design can instill a festive atmopshere that befits the occasion. Here are some home decoration ideas that you can try:

Flaunt the colors of Americana

A favorite way to exude patriotic vibe in your home is to go for the red, white, and blue color theme. Check your cabinets for functional items that come in these colors and mix and match for a balanced look. Spruce up kitchens and dining areas with colorful trays, dish towels, and containers. Bedrooms come alive by bringing out old-fashioned quilts, layering red and blue linens, and replacing a contemporary lampshade with a red gingham one.

Bring color to windows, shelves, and tables with red, white, and blue flowers like geraniums and hydrangeas. Use blue metal buckets or ceramic pots with red patterns as planters or put  some cutflowers in stylish white vases with red ribbons tied around them.

If you want to go beyond the color scheme, shoot for the stars—and stripes. Revive living rooms with throw pillow covers or rugs with stripes-and-stars patterns. Create a fitting garland by cutting out red stars strung along a blue and white ribbon.

Set the ambiance with flags

Nothing replaces hanging the Old Glory for the 4th of July. Hang the flag on your front porch and add red, white, and blue accents like blue hydrangeas tied with red ribbons on the white fence.  You can also hang a couple of smaller flags on one wall of the living room for a bold impact.

A creative way to go about this is to set up the Vote for Me Tree in your living room. An interpretation of the flag, this patriotic tree exudes true American vibe.

Add vintage accents

Vintage items spell old Americana. Scout stores or garage sales for enamelware you can display or use as containers in the kitchen.  Arrange antique ceramic décor like figurines or family heirloom on shelves and hang paintings in traditional frames in the living room. Rustic watering cans can be hung on the porch or used as a unique vase or planter for an outdoor table.

Make dining a patriotic affair

Make your 4th of July gathering complete with a table all decked out with patriotic flavor. Start off with a table cloth with vintage design or a simple white linen with red and blue table runners. Place mini flags in tiny glasses beside each guest’s plate and tie table napkins with red and blue ribbons. Whether plastic or ceramic, go for dinner ware that come in red, blue, or white solid colors or patterns. Set this on top of place mats in contrasting color.

With these decorating ideas, your home is ready for a truly happy Independence Day celebration. Now you only need to sit back as you watch the fireworks light up the night sky. Happy 4th of July!

February 8 marks the birthday of one of history’s most inspiring authors, Jules Verne. The visionary thought well ahead of his time, writing about submarines and expeditions to the moon long before they were invented. To this day, many experts consider him to be the Father of Science Fiction.

Jules Verne’s work never ceases to stimulate the imagination, which is why in celebration of his birthday, we’re presenting decorating ideas based on two of his most popular works:

 

Twenty Thousand Leagues Under the Sea

This beloved classic tells the tale of Professor Pierre Annorax, a marine biologist, and his adventures aboard the mysterious Captain Nemo’s underwater vessel, the Nautilus. Submerging into the deepest areas of the open seas, Annorax, Nemo and the rest of the crew encounter fantastical creatures and discover awe-inspiring ruins – including the city of Atlantis itself!

Capture the deep-sea atmosphere by using deep blue as your main color. Our In the Navy Blue Christmas Tree makes for a perfect backdrop, but you can also use a traditional tree for this theme. Clear or yellow lights on the tree help simulate the small glowing wildlife that’s learned to adapt to the ocean’s abyss. Trim your tree with underwater-themed ornaments like coral and fish. You can also “rebuild” Atlantis and other sunken ruins by hanging lightweight aquarium ornaments like castles and shipwrecks onto your tree.

There are two key pieces to this theme: the Nautilus and the giant octopus that attacks the crew during one of the book’s most exciting parts. You can find any toy submarine (although the more steampunk the style, the better) to serve as the Nautilus, while the only requirement for the toy octopus is that it’s bigger than any other individual ornament on the tree. Either makes for a good tree topper, but I do find that the Nautilus looks best floating around the center of the tree.

Around the World in Eighty Days

Wealthy bachelor Phileas Fogg wagers that, with the creation of a new railroad system in India, it is now possible to travel around the world in just 80 days. Taking along his valet Passepartout, Phileas embarks on a grand race against time for the adventure of a lifetime.

Although Phileas and Passepartout never actually use a hot air balloon in the book, the image of their sky-bound travels has been used in so many movies and TV shows that it’s the most recognizable aspect of the story. It’d be a shame not to use the popular conception of the story for our tree, so we might as well do without literary faithfulness this time.

A light blue Christmas tree will suit this scheme best. Line the lower portion of your tree with ornaments in the shape of buildings and homes from different cultures – go for as much variety as you can! Scatter a few white ball ornaments along the upper third of your tree to serve as clouds. A pocket watch makes for a quaint-looking ornament, while at the same time serving as a reminder of Fogg’s time limit. Make sure you hang a toy hot air balloon in the most visible spot in the sky; it’s the star of the show, after all! You can either top the tree with a clock or the sun, or you can leave it bare.

That’s just the tip of the iceberg with Jules Verne! You can draw inspiration from his enormous body of work, which includes creative masterpieces like A Journey to the Center of the Earth, From the Earth to the Moon, and The Mysterious Island, among many others. Have fun, and let your imagination run wild with his stories!