Color is a powerful tool, especially when it comes to interior decorating. It sets the theme, establishes the mood you’re aiming for, and ties a room’s design elements together. A monochromatic palette is the easiest and simplest way to pull off; it’s when the number of colors increase that’s challenging.

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Autumn Decorating

Autumn’s striking colors and muted tones bring with it a melancholic appeal, which can inspire creative seasonal home décor ideas. This post presents some quick and easy tips and ideas using the season’s elements and colors, and the occasions that call for these types of décor.

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If you’re decorating a room from scratch, many designers will tell you to start with the rug. This is great advice because rugs serve a dual purpose: an anchor that will pull together the theme you have in mind and protect your hardwood floors. Below are a few tips on how to select the right rug your home.

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Home Decorating with Sand & Shells

With autumn just around the corner, you might be feeling the post-vacation blues. Even if your last beach getaway was weeks – or even months – ago, fret not because we have a few ideas that will help brighten those blues. With items lying around the home, you can decorate your space to recall fun times spent lounging at the beach.

The colors of summer are hard to forget and perfect for breathing new life into drab spaces. Now’s the time to bring out those sea shells you’ve been collecting, and the beach sand you’ve been keeping in jars as keepsakes. Put them to good use by following some of the decorating ideas suggested below.

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For people with home-based jobs, work is just as demanding as that in an office. Just like regular offices, a home-based one needs to be conducive to productivity. But unlike traditional offices, a home office gives you the opportunity to customize the space according to your specifications and work habits.

An ideal life includes striking a balance between work and home life. For people working from home, defining work and living spaces is a major factor in finding that balance. Separate one from the other, and you have the makings of a home that can be both comfy and work-friendly.

Below are a few ideas to help you define your home work space while keeping it stylish and practical. (more…)

Summer provides the perfect chance to head to the beach for some well-deserved R & R. But if your beach plans fall through, fret not. Summer vacation is a state of mind. With the right décor, you can recreate the beach atmosphere at home. Below are  decorating ideas so simple, pulling them off is a (summer) breeze.

Summer Trees and Décor Ideas

Color plays a major role in setting the summer vibe. Achieve that perfect summer feeling by mixing and matching pieces with bright colors. Here’s a list of trees that would look great during the season:

Space is the most important element of your home’s interior. You can fill your living room with the most beautiful furniture around, but it wouldn’t be much of a “living room” if you couldn’t actually live in it due to an inefficient use of space. This scenario applies to your kitchen— perhaps even more so.

The kitchen is where most of the housework gets done. Compared to the living room or bedroom, the kitchen sees more work done in a day than both those rooms combined. Smaller kitchens pose an even bigger challenge, since you’ll need to make judicious use of the limited space available.

Below are a few tips on how you can make a tiny kitchen as functional as possible – and have a bit of fun, while you’re at it! (more…)

You can fill a room with stylish furniture, but the place will look unfinished if you leave too many walls bare. An empty wall is full of potential, and decorating such a significant space is a task that can be delightful for some, and daunting for others. Here are some easy wall decorating ideas that add personality and liven any space.

Punch it up with paint

Painting a single wall with a bold color is the easiest way to add excitement and contrast to the room.  This design approach is a great way to accentuate a living space, plus it allows you to experiment with stronger colors that may be overwhelming when used on all available walls.

When picking a color, take your cue from decorative pieces around the room. The orange accent wall pictured below plays off the orange throw pillows on the sofa, and helps complete the look of the space.

If you prefer to keep things more subtle, choose a deeper shade of your existing wall color. This gentle contrast should be enough to break the blandness of a mono-colored room. (more…)

Wood burning fireplaces and space heaters can heat up a house, but the right décor helps create a warm and cozy home. Follow these simple winter home decorating tips and make your interiors more inviting during the dark days of winter.

Accessorize with Warm Colors

Using rich colors in a room creates a soothing perception of warmth. Decorate your sofa and armchairs with pillows in rich colors, such as red and orange, to add interest and evoke feelings of comfort.

Store away cool-colored silver, chrome, and nickel accessories and load up with gold, copper, and bronze décor to instill energy into and to warm up your living spaces.

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It’s 2014 and it’s time to bid adieu to emerald green as color of the year. Pantone has announced its list of the choicest colors for the new year, and designers are hard at work incorporating these decorating color trends to fabulous use. Here are some ways you can apply the year’s most captivating colors in your home.

Radiant Orchid: Delicate and Exotic

Just the name alone conjures up images of romance and a sense of the exotic. A fascinating fusion of fuchsia and purple with pink undertones, this color is complex, yet it is exactly this multifaceted quality that makes radiant orchid so intriguing and attractive. As a reflection of the value that today’s society places on creativity and originality, this shade inspires confidence and encourages imagination.

A color this vibrant is perfect for sprucing up and adding energy to interior spaces. An area rug in radiant orchid instantly livens up a room dominated by neutrals or steel grays, imbuing it with a sassy spirit without overwhelming the surrounding pieces of furniture.

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