You may be on our own but it doesn’t mean you can’t enjoy Valentine’s Day. Here are some home decorating tips to make your home ooze a romantic atmosphere.

Valentine’s Day is an occasion met with a full spectrum of emotions: from excitement to hatred and simply not caring. While many single people tend to express dislike for this day, the truth is, you don’t have to be in a romantic relationship to enjoy Valentine’s Day and neither should you feel sorry for yourself. This day is an occasion to celebrate love and every kind of relationship founded on love, not just romantic ones. One of the ways you can have your own celebration is by sprucing up your home décor to give your guests a warm, fuzzy feeling when they step inside your abode. Here are some simple Valentine décor to consider:

 

Reds and Pinks

They say red is the color of love, so if there’s any color combination that’s spot on for Valentine’s it’s the full spectrum of red and pink. Bring out or buy a red carpet, hang pink curtains, and protect your dining table with red and pink place mats. You can also add some white accents to soften the effect.


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Instead of following the crowd, show the crowd how fabulous you really are

Many choose to follow trends because it’s easier and more accessible since stores are always well-stocked on trendy design items. However, like all predictable things, trends soon run out of style and are quickly replaced by another. More often than not, trends that people can’t get enough of at one point just as quickly go out of fashion, like how the retro trend started gaining popularity again, only to die down months later.


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If you’re thinking of revamping the style of your home, Treetopia gives you a preview of some top home décor trends for 2013

If you’re one of the many who belong to the hip, stylish, sophisticated crowd, then you’re probably looking for a way to revamp your home according to the new fashion trends. Since Treetopia appreciates what rocks the world of fashion and design, we have gathered some of the top home décor trends that will certainly make your nest the fabulous home it was meant to be.

 

Crafty Transparent Charms

One of the current trends is to use transparent décor, playing with its appearance to suit your home. It can be as easy as finding the perfect transparent or glass décor or channeling your creative energies to tailor an ornament or object and transform it into a perfectly fitting decoration for your home.

Smart Urban Living

Since more and more people are flocking to the city, living spaces have become smaller. This year, having décor with multiple functions takes center stage. A multi-function shelf that can serve as a room divider, bookshelf, and display cabinet is the perfect way to follow the trend and to maximize the space in your home.


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A Feast of Colors

If you want to give your already high spirits an added boost, paint or decorate your home with bold and vivid colors. Bright colors uplift your mood, especially on those long work nights, and keep you upbeat and cheerful when you come home to your private quarters after a night of fabulous partying. You can also match bright colors with geometric patterns or a design that suits your liking. The important part is to make sure that the patterns and colors complement each other.


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Back to Nature

Nature has been inspiring a lot of people so it’s not a surprise that it has become an interior design trend as well. Style your home with either nature-inspired décor or furniture fashioned from elements of nature. This will certainly improve the relaxing ambiance in your home.


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Whether you are into industrial-designed items or nature-inspired accents, you can tailor your décor to complement the trends of 2013. The key is to make sure that you will also appreciate and enjoy your décor while keeping up with the latest trends.

If you want to blend in fabulously this season, decorate your home for Christmas with these themes.

Christmas has long since moved away from the red and green color combination that used to adorn our homes. While some people choose to inject their personality into their holiday decorations, there are many who enjoy following holiday decorating trends. If you’re looking for tips and ideas about what is hot this season, keep reading and Treetopia will show you the way.

 

 

Metallic and Pink Christmas Trees

Good news for everyone who loves to grab attention with shiny or startlingly colorful décor, metallic Christmas trees and pink Christmas trees are trending in 2012. You won’t need to put a lot of decorations on your tree when it’s already a stylish centerpiece. Enjoy your time in the spotlight with your shining, shimmering Christmas tree or increase the girly atmosphere in your home this season.

 

 

 

LED Christmas Lights in Cool Colors

One of the most contemporary and refreshing themes this season is using energy-saving LED lights to brighten up both your home and your Christmas tree. It is a triple benefit situation: (1) your home dazzles with the current trend, (2) your home and tree are bright and shiny, and (3) you lessen your energy consumption by using LED lights. It’s a perfect way to celebrate the holiday season.

 

 

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Every home should have a conversation piece that sparks the interest of guests. Such pieces express your sense of personal style, as well as ensure that you and your guests will have something to talk about. Whether you’re decorating a new place or just spicing up your current residence, our list of trendy ideas for conversation pieces will help you inject an extra dose of style into your home.

Vintage is in vogue!

Little vintage pieces such as old typewriters or even a chest have the potential to start a conversation, especially now that more people are starting to appreciate the good old days when almost everything was in analog. Even today’s electronic devices, such as telephones and cameras, have their vintage roots, so you can never go wrong with a collection of old but still usable items. Just remember to dust them off before putting them on display.

Scour the flea markets!

Conversation pieces don’t have to be expensive to be interesting. Most of the time, second-hand items can be just as if not more intriguing than items from high-end galleries or upscale boutiques.  Scour flea markets or online shops for unique items such as antique home décor, retro furniture or paintings by lesser-known artists – you can rest assured that the conversation piece you end up with won’t be found elsewhere.

Feature your family!

Pictures of family only get better with age, especially if they document the different stages of your life. But, you don’t have to stop at photos. For an extra nostalgic yet heartwarming touch, feature items that belong to your parents or grandparents, such as medals and old pictures, in a covered frame. Completely unique to you, family-focused conversation pieces never go out of style.

Entertain with the exotic!

You don’t have to be a traveler to appreciate different cultures. Because urban areas are already melting pots for people of diverse origins, it is easy to find items that reflect their respective countries. In fact, finding such items could be as simple as going on an exploration of Chinatown or Little Italy. A nice wall hanging featuring Chinese calligraphy or a piece of fine glass ware from Italy might get the conversation going if you have guests who are really passionate about their roots or simply curious about other cultures.

Fill it up with fun!

A fun way of getting your guests involved in a conversation is to engage them in making something decorative for your home, and then displaying the finished piece afterwards. For example, you could have small papier-mâché bowls that your visitors could paint, or a 1000-piece jigsaw puzzle that you could frame and hang on your wall once it’s completed. Get your guests happy and active, and the conversations will naturally flow.

You don’t need to spend much to make your home interesting. All it needs is a bit of imagination and creativity to get the conversation started. Have at least one piece of each category in your home and watch as your guests go “Oooooh!” and ask you about them. Happy chatting!

Fall is such a lovely season – leaves change colors from deep greens to intense reds and yellows, the weather gets a bit nippier, and the sun starts to set earlier in the day. With all this natural beauty at your fingertips, it’s the perfect time to be inspired by the fall landscape and redecorate your home.

Since fall is the time for festive meals and harvest celebrations, we’ve put together a list of refreshing centerpiece ideas you can be sure no one else has. Sweet, simple and always stylish, these pieces will have your friends asking you where they can get one, too!

Pumpkin power!

Pumpkins are great not just for Halloween; they also make refreshing centerpieces. Hollow out a pumpkin and insert a florist’s foam block where you can stick stems of flowers. You can paint the pumpkin in autumn colors for a more subdued look, or , use glittery paint for a bit of glamorous shimmer. Perfect flowers for this kind of centerpiece include sunflowers, carnations, or Asiatic lilies. This centerpiece adds a welcome splash of color to otherwise lackluster tables.

Acorn autumn! 

For a fresh take on a candle holder, take a tall, clear glass jar and fill it with acorns two-thirds of the way up. The acorns provide a sturdy base in which you can insert brightly colored taper candles for a simple, chic effect. Wrap some tweed or jute rope midway around the jar for the finishing touch. You can also use pine cones in different colors if you can’t find acorns. It’s a rustic centerpiece that can stand on its own, and the candles make it great for cozy nights at home. It can also be used year-round; just replace the acorns with whatever is in season.

Fruit fiesta!

Take a small box and fill it with seasonal fruits. The more beat-up the box, the better – you can also take a newer one and stain it to give it some character. Dark-toned fruits make this centerpiece more interesting, so if you can, use blackcurrants, prunes, plums, and figs for a deep purple theme. You can also fill small wooden buckets with chrysanthemums and purple dahlias to go with the fruit crate.

Live it up with lanterns!

Hurricane lanterns have a particularly strong seasonal feel, especially since the wind tends to get stronger at this time of year. To make one into an intriguing centerpiece, take an O-shaped piece of floral foam, decorate it with autumn leaves, and place the hurricane lantern in the middle. Try surrounding the lantern with dried reeds, sticks, acorns, or pine cones for even more splashes of color! This is an easy centerpiece that looks great on the dinner table.

Autumn-themed centerpieces are easy to make and are even easier on the eye. Try these suggestions and bring the autumn outdoors into your home!

While fall isn’t as popular as spring when it comes to decorating, the beautiful colors that come with the season inspires many people to spruce up their homes. In fact, there are a host of ideas to bring in the spirit of autumn. Here are some to get you started.

 

Go Orange

Whether in stripes or solid hues, add a punch of orange to furniture and accessories.  If you’re planning a change in furniture, go for an orange dining set for a chic look. Remember to choose different shades and make sure the brightness suits your taste and overall design. To balance off the orange, mix in rusty reds, yellows, and browns. Turquiose and pink are also great colors to add. Red and orange stripes, for example, create a retro feel when mixed with hints of turquoise. Consider these colors for your wallpaper or accessories.

Color-Coordinated Furniture

Use your furniture as the base color for bright accessories. If you already have a vibrant sofa, use simple throw pillows with fall-inspired prints. Brown or beige furniture works well with orange and yellow accents.

Neutral tones that can be maximized in fall are those made of natural fiber, like a rattan chest that doubles as a living room table or a brown burlap armchair.

Nature-Inspired Prints

From flowers and leaves  to birds and butterflies, nature-inspired prints are perfect for autumn. Curtains or wallpaper with orange and pink flowers or leaf prints work well in bedrooms and living rooms. Add simple white cushion covers or bed covers with bird or leaf prints. Another great way to brighten the living room is by placing a plush rug with nature prints or an orange-based design.

Decorate with Flowers and Fruits

Fresh flowers in tall orange vases do wonders in sprucing up a bare cabinet or side table. A basket of oranges and lemons or a layer of pumpkins serve as beautiful table centerpieces. A strawflower wreath on the door is a welcoming sight for guests.

Put Up an Orange Tree

Orange Christmas trees reflect the beautiful color of trees during autumn. Simply put a traditional size or a mini tree in the living room or entryway to usher in the vibrancy of the outdoors. For small spaces, opt for slim trees like Treetopia’s Bunny Delight Pencil Tree which is tall, slender, and comes with clear lights. What’s great about these trees is that you can leave them up until Christmas and redecorate for a fuss-free holiday decorating.

You don’t have to overhaul your entire home to reflect the beauty of fall. Adding small pieces of decor is enough to exude a touch of autumn bliss in any home design.

 

When it’s time to redecorate your space, don’t undertake the project alone. Ask for help from your family and together, you can transform your house to a place worth coming home to. Here are a few ideas to get your started:

Brainstorm

Create a design plan with your family and figure out the priorities of each member. Knowing what your family wants to incorporate into the design not only helps designate the tasks better, but you’ll be assured of help since everyone will be looking forward to watching their design ideas come to life.

Division of Labor

Don’t try to control every design aspect in your home. Divide the labor accordingly. If your little girl wants to have a play area, assign the decorating ideas to her. Let her be creative and design the area as she pleases. Giving each member of your family a place in the house that they can call their own helps them warm up to the idea of decorating together.

Shopping

Grab a huge shopping cart and go shopping together. By doing so, your family gets a better sense on the wide variety of home décor products out in the market. This helps everyone come up with great and unique ideas for their own rooms. Let them pick out a few pieces that showcase their personality and place these pieces around the house. This way, everyone is represented in the décor of the home.

Treats

In the midst of decorating, prepare fun treats for everyone. Cookies, mini-cakes, and tiny rolls of pigs in a blanket are great snacks to keep everyone’s energy up. If you see your children getting restless, refocus their energy by creating fun games out of their design tasks, like seeing which of you can stick the most glow-in-the-dark stars on your child’s ceiling and walls.

Nothing makes a home feel warmer other than the fun family memories created within it. Decorating your home as a family leaves you and your loved ones with memories to last a lifetime.

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.