6 Tips For Incorporating Pops Of Color Into Your Home

Neutral and monochromatic color schemes are all the rage in interior design, but that doesn’t mean that bright colors are off the table. In fact, a few subtle pops of color can instantly transform a simple modern space into something bold and evocative.

If you want to make the biggest splash with your colorful accents, it’s best–albeit not a requirement–to start with a neutral color scheme. White and neutral-hued walls not only create the illusion of space, but they also provide a clean canvas that complements colorful accessories and flourishes. This simple but profound concept has been a staple of mid-century modern design for generations, and it still holds up today.

  1. Accessorize With Bright Colors

Pastel colors like bright greens, yellows, and pinks can make an instant and lasting impression. The trick is to use them sparingly so they don’t overwhelm your space. Consider household items like lamps, coffee tables, or furniture essentials. These accessories are simple to incorporate into your home, but they have the power to turn a dull space into something bright, modern, and sophisticated.

Brightly colored artwork also works well and can even add a sense of class to your home. In fact, artwork has the power to modernize even a classic or Victorian estate. Choose pieces with bright color palettes that complement the design theme of the home.

  1. Strive for Symmetry

While we’re on the topic of accessorizing, it’s worth emphasizing that your colors–though intended to make a strong impression–should be arranged with symmetry in mind. Though mid-century modern homes tend to mix and match bright colors to great effect, this type of arrangement can be risky without an expert touch.

If you just want your colors to pop, choose a basic color scheme like yellow furniture against a white wall or turquoise decorative pillows complemented by blue- and green-hued artwork. You can always get a second opinion if you’re not sure whether your color scheme is working.

  1. Take Your Lighting from Monochrome to Color

Don’t overlook your lighting when considering ways to add color to your home. A simple colored lampshade, base, or cord can add an instant pop of color to any space, and best of all, it can be turned on and off as needed. You have total control over the effect.

When choosing colors for your lighting, consider the environment. As noted by Psychology Today, warm colors like reds and oranges can make the space seem warmer than it actually is, while cool colors like greens and blues can create the illusion of cooler temperatures. The optimal colors will largely depend on your own climate.

  1. Get Creative with Paints

A new coat of paint may not seem like the optimal way to promote a pop of color, but the secret is to use your paints sparingly. For example, rather than painting your entire kitchen, you might just add a splash of blue to your cabinets. When you have brightly colored cabinets against a neutral wall, your kitchen stands out without sacrificing its modern charm. Look for places around your home where you can paint in sections without overwhelming the entire room.

  1. Let Your Tiles Do the Talking

While we’re talking about isolated patches of color, we should also take some time to mention your flooring and also opportunities for backsplash color. Floors and walls are most often simple and neutral, but they beg to be spruced up. One of the simplest ways to do this for your floors is with a brightly colored area rug. Rather than going for a traditional Persian rug with its dark shades and intricate patterns, look for pastel colors that can brighten up a room. Whereas, on your walls, you can always add artwork, but for kitchens, bathrooms and even fireplaces and pools, you might consider colorful tile accents as a wonderful way to incorporate new colors, patterns, and designs.

  1. Colorize Your Exterior Space

Finally, we’d be remiss if we didn’t discuss the value of adding color to your outdoor patio or yard. The exterior space is often neglected when it comes to color arrangement, but it’s remarkably simple to brighten up your outdoor oasis and make it more modern and inviting. It may be as easy as replacing your patio seat colors with neon solid colors or even adding a new garden or potted plants to your space. As with the interior, it’s all about accessorizing with the right hues. Swap out those fading floral designs for something that instantly catches the eye.

Author Bio: Katie Tejada is a writer, editor, and former HR professional. She enjoys writing about events, travel, decorating trends, and innovations for the home, but also covers developments in HR, business communication, recruiting, real estate, and finance.

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.

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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.

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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.

7 Benefits of Coloring For Adults 

This article has a lot of good information on the benefits of adults and coloring. Seems it is very therapeutic.

7 Benefits of Coloring For Adults and Why You Should Join the Adult Coloring Craze Every major news outlet from CNN to CBS News is reporting about the adult coloring phenomenon. What once was an activity that kept so many of us entertained as children, is now resurfacing as a trend adults are coming to love. Therapeutic elements parents once sought to keep their children calm or entertained before dinner, are now being applied to adults, to help distract them from the daily pressures of life. That said, here are the top 7 benefits of coloring for adults: Your brain experiences relief by entering a meditative state Stress and anxiety levels have the potential to be lowered Negative thoughts are expelled as you take in positivity Focusing on the present helps you achieve mindfulness Unplugging from technology promotes creation over

Source: 7 Benefits of Coloring For Adults and Why You Should Try It – ColorIt

Money Saving Home Decorating Ideas By Lubna Ali Khan

1~ You can always go out in your backyard to find beautiful things like cones or flowers and bring them in your home to add a beautiful and natural feel to the room.

 

2~ A room’s floors can add to its beauty because floors are an important element. Redoing hardwood floors can be very expensive so you can place rugs or carpets instead. They create a sense of warmth and coziness in the room. You can look for amazing overdyed rugs for sale and pick the ones that are the best match for your home.

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3~ Decorate with affordable toss pillows. Toss pillows are relatively affordable and the right pattern and color can really add an impact to your space.

 

4~ You can look in magazines or on the web to find a room that speaks to you. You can choose picture of a high end room and then mimic that in your space. Look at all the details of the room that you like and recreate those details in your space by going to inexpensive and budget friendly stores. Look at the placement and execute your design.

 

5~ Make sure that those budget friendly things are not low on quality. The last thing you want for your home is to look like you have designed it with a bunch of second hand items. Plus it won’t come together like you want it to.

 

6~ Calender’s are an excellent budget friendly way to get artwork in your home. Basically they’re printed on quality paper and they look good when framed. You can get inexpensive frames from yard sales, discount stores or thrift shops. If they look old then you can always paint them a nice color to give them a fresh new look.

 

7~ Take your time and don’t feel like you have to rush in and design your home all at once. If you do that you won’t be happy with it because you rushed into it.

 

8~ Take your old furniture pieces that are worn out but are in a great condition and paint them white to make them refresh and new again. Painting anything white totally brightens up the room.

 

9~ If you don’t have the time and money to spend on curtains then you can take some spare bed sheets and make curtains out of them.

 

10~ If you keep your eye out then you can get really good deals on furniture. You can go to auctions, yard sales or garage sales to buy inexpensive furniture or decorating items.

 

11~ You can make your own picture frames by repainting old frames and gluing pearls or beads on them to make them more sparkly and pretty.

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12~ If you’re tired and bored of looking at the same sofas everyday then instead of buying a new sofa set or dining chairs you can simply change the fabric as the trends change over time. This is an inexpensive way to make your home look completely different and better.

Author Bio: This article was written by Lubna Ali Khan. She is passionate about home improvement, beauty, arts, writing, healthy living and entrepreneurship. She blogs at alrug

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Colored Pencils For A Garden Gate

11214235_853755128045661_6072599457855617584_nWhat an inviting gate and especially fun for the child in you to be able to open and close this very colorful gate. Of course these are not real wood pencils but thick round doweling made to look like them. An artist would be proud to have these as their front gate!