How To Make Your Living Room More Inviting By Lana Hawkins

There is that one thing that every living space should have in order to feel complete, and that thing is ambience. Creating a comfortable atmosphere in this space is one of the key aspects as it guarantees comfort, serenity and a more welcoming setting. But don’t despair, if you’re looking for simple ways to make your living room more inviting, you can rely on these few tricks.

Living Room Style

A Creative Focal Point

One of the biggest mistakes in living room decoration is putting accent on the wrong things. Having a focal point is a great way to put focus on something that will enhance the beauty of the space and create a more appealing ambience. Unfortunately, instead of putting focus on artistic centerpieces or accent walls, many people will choose to highlight the television set for example. This creates distractions and should be avoided at any cost. Also, try to go beyond a classic fireplace centerpiece and opt for an art piece instead, a sculpture or even a mixture of exotic plants. If you are feeling creative, keep in mind that a nice view can also serve as a great focal point.

Experiment with Colour

A clever colour combination can create a wonderful ambience, put focus on certain objects and even connect different spaces. Choosing a good colour scheme for your living room can be perceived as tricky, but the best solutions is to opt for warm shades that will ensure comfort and ease. If you wish to go a step further and experiment with something bold, you can always choose wallpapers with unusual textures and patterns. Keep in mind that, when choosing colours and patterns, balance is the key, but do not hesitate to add a dramatic twist or a simple splash of colour in order to bring the room back to life.

Home Decor

Mixture of Styles

While many would prefer to stick to just one style during their decoration ventures, sometimes doing something unconventional can truly affect the atmosphere in the space. For instance, if your living room exudes the minimalist fashion of the modern era, it’s a good idea to try and incorporate a dash of that charming Victorian style. At first, this might seem a bit unrealistic and rather tasteless, but those who manage to subtly blend these two styles together can indulge in an exquisite ambience of elegance, luxury and amenity.

Consider The Arrangement

Another important aspect of creating a more inviting atmosphere in the room, is carefully choosing your seating arrangement. There are a few factors that can greatly help you achieve that welcoming setting in your living room. Firstly, you will want to choose furniture that is not just aesthetically pleasing but also comfortable. Consider the arm rests, the height and the depth of the furniture pieces. Also, make sure to create a suitable balance between different pieces like tables, armchairs and sofas in order to achieve a structured setting. Keep in mind that the overall shape of the furniture but also the room itself can greatly influence how your seating arrangement will look like. Lastly, make sure to carefully place your furniture so it would allow good traffic but also make it easier to observe and communicate with your guests.

Living room

Enhance Your Senses

The thing that mostly affects the ambience in a room is creating a way to please all of your senses. Scented candles and incense sticks have the ability to create a relaxing and soothing ambience, while certain sounds and music can have calming effects However, the choice of lighting is one of the most important things, and as such, should be considered carefully. Allowing natural light in the room is always a good choice, while combining accent and decorative illumination will certainly give your room a wonderful look.

Most people have a tendency to spend too much time embellishing their living rooms in order to create a space that will please the eye. Of course, you can spend ages decorating your living area, making it feel more chic, modern and even functional, but in the end you will feel like something is missing. By implementing these few tricks, you will be able to experience the true sensation of your living space.

 

Author’s Bio: Lana Hawkins is a student of architecture from Sydney.  She is the editor-in-chief at Smooth Decorator, and she loves writing about inspiring landscaping and interior designs. Lana finds her inspiration in sustainability and green design.

Winter Wedding Flower Arrangements and Flowers Used

People who prepare to get married in winter should obtain information on the types of flower arrangements predominant in the winter season, and especially on the colour of flowers for bridal bouquets and other wedding floral arrangements. There are also typical flowers suitable for wedding floral designs. For a special winter wedding ceremony you should find which flowers suit most the occasion and the white season when everything is covered with sparkling snow.

First of all, there are amaryllis flowers, available in a number of colors, and even a single stem, with its typical three to six large flower, can be the centerpiece for any table arrangements, surrounded in greenery. Anemone flowers also come in different colors, and they are fitting centers of table centerpieces; the dark centers of anemones give a stylish black accent to each arrangement comprising them. Bells of Ireland have also become popular recently, with the increasing trend for using green flowers in wedding floral arrangements. Bridal bouquets which contain Bells of Ireland should be stored upright, as the flowers will bend towards any nearest light source. Camellias are a beloved sentimental choice for wedding flower arrangements, especially for bridal bouquets, not only because of their beauty but also because these flowers feature great longevity.
Winter Wedding Flower Arrangements and Flowers Used
Furthermore, the wonderful waxy camellia leaves are a wonderful complement to each wedding floral arrangement, even without the flowers.

Poinsettias, most popular as Christmas flowers seen in pots, can also be gorgeous elements of bridal and bridesmaids’ bouquets. They typical pointsettia colour is red, but there are also other colours in which pointsettias are available. If people decide to make their own flower arrangements using poinsettias, they should take care to seal the stems well, as they can leak milky sap which can cause stains.

Ranunculus flowers are also known as buttercups; they enjoy their peak from January to May, and they are available in different colors. The Star of Bethlehem flowers are mostly used as fillers, as they tend to grow in clusters around long stems, and they also feature outstanding longevity in vases, of up to three weeks. The Star of Bethlehem flowers bend in the direction of any light sources, and that is why it is necessary to keep flower arrangements containing them in upright position.
Winter Wedding Flower Arrangements and Flowers Used
Carnations are available throughout the year, but they are welcome in winter because of their enticing scent, as well as owing to the variety of colors, and finally on account of their low cost. Carnation centerpieces are also favorite choices for wedding decorations. For outstanding scent, sweet pea flowers are also favorites, coming in different colors and featuring exquisiteness, especially in wedding corsages.

Tulips are universally known as popular elements of all flower arrangements, and because they come not only in one, but also in bi-color varieties, as well as in fringed and frilled options, they are truly dainty elements for wedding flower arrangements.

Finally, wax flowers, with their abundant foliage, are worth including in wedding arrangements; the leaves give out a fresh citrus aroma, which is another advantage. Originating from Australia, wax flower plants are widespread evergreen shrubs, but they can feature as wedding floral arrangement elements everywhere.

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Thanksgiving Pumpkin Candle Holder / Floral Arrangment Centerpiece

1452559_727376160625808_984816409_nI have always enjoyed decorating for the holidays and Thanksgiving just does not have many options available in the means of store bought decorations to choose from. So I am always so very happy to find cheap and really cool ideas to decorate with – and ones that do not take a lot of time.

This decoration uses small small pumpkins just big enough to put a clean soup can in and dried or fresh flowers and/or a pillar candle. Place the can on the top of the pumpkin and trace around the can to make a guide for cutting. You will want this to be tight so cut just within the line. Cut the pumpkin and remove the guts and seeds (don’t throw those seeds out – see how to prepare them as a delicious snack below) so the pumpkin will last longer. You will also want to scrap the insides of the pumpkin to not leave any wetness that prompts rotting.

Now gently push the cleaned can down into your hole you cut. You want it snug so that the can will not push through into the pumpkin. It will defeat your end design of the arrangement.

FLORAL: If using fresh put clean water in and place your fresh flowers in. Place a wide bow around them at base next to pumpkin to finish off the look. Is using dry do the same without water.

CANDLE: Place the candle within the can and place flowers and filler around base. To keep the candle from going to far into the base wad up aluminum foil to fill in to make the height of the candle where you desire it.

SEEDS: Rinse in a strainer and remove any slippery substance and also the strings or guts of the pumpkin. I actually soak them for a few hours in water I have brought to a boil and added salt to so they absorb the solution to make a nice salty seed. You do not have to if you don’t want to. Bake them spread on a cookie sheet at 350 and turn every couple minutes until you smell that nutty smell and see teh edges of the seeds turning brown. Turn oven off and let them cool with the oven. When cool bag and eat as a delicious healthy snack.

Halloween Pumpkin Flower Pot

*Cut a hole in the top of a pumpkin that will allow a potted plant to go into * Clean insides *Place potted plant into pumpkin *Place a bow around area where plant meets pumpkin *Don’t forget to water and plant outside after Halloween especially a mum or other fall related plant