Interior Design Tips: How to Make Your Home Welcoming and Cozy

Regardless of whether you are trying to make your guests feel welcome, or you wish to create space where you can curl up after a busy day, interior design is the key. Find out what you need to change and where you need to look for comfort and coziness.

First things first – start with the entrance

With an inviting entrance, you will set the mood for those coming to your home. An entryway clear of clutter and debris is a good start. Colorful door with a stylish knob, a handle, and a knocker will make a good start. Some of the most widespread colors, apart from natural wood color, are blue, green, and red. Floral wreath, flower planters, seasonal garden décor, or fun welcoming signs are a nice addition.

Meet expectations for your hallway

A nice entrance will raise the bar and set high expectations for the hallway. Even though it is often overlooked, the hallway deserves some of your attention. Carefully select the furniture, minding the size of the room. Narrow tall furniture is the best choice for smaller spaces. Perhaps shoe cabinets have some advantage over shoe racks as they look tidier. If you have a staircase in the hallway, utilize the space underneath it. Add a comfortable sitting area, an armchair or a bench. Accentuate one of the walls with a mural, colorful wallpaper, or selection of your family photos and paintings.

Select the right materials

Once you are in the house, your first impression is created by the materials, namely what walls and floors are made of. Wood is your best choice for creating a warm atmosphere. It is also favored by the current trends. Speaking of trends and warmth, all-natural materials are an excellent choice. Try using leather, fur, wool, and cotton. Choose soft fabrics for the upholstery and fluffy throws to make straight lines smooth.

Pay attention to the layout

The furniture in your home should be arranged in such manner to allow enough space for maneuvering. If your home is small, leave only essential pieces and create minimalistic space, rather than using every inch of it. Focus on curves and soft edges. If you prefer modern furniture with strict lines, use rugs, throws, cushions, and mats to soften them. While there should be traffic space, you still need to keep your furniture close enough to encourage conversation and the sense of togetherness.

Set up the lighting

Each time of the day requires specific lighting. Stay energized throughout the day by allowing as much natural light as possible. In addition to your windows, you can add light tubes, roof windows, and skylights. Use window treatments to change the color of the light coming in and make it look warm even on a gloomy day. Light orange curtains can create this effect for you. Nightfall calls for mood lights. Several lamps, candles, or a fire space can do wonders.

Don’t paint it black

Without a doubt, warm color pallets are the right choice for a snug home. This does not mean that you should paint your entire home yellow and orange. In fact, professionals from ASAP Sydney Painters will tell you to choose warm neutrals such as beige, light peach, light brown etc. You can use different hues of the neutral color of your choice throughout the entire house. Make it more exciting with accent colors used on certain architectural, as well as decorative pieces.

Little things that matter

Paying attention to detail will make all the difference. First of all, make sure you keep your home tidy and clutter-free. Indoor plants filter the air and evoke serenity. Add greenery and floral patterns to your home. Be careful with florals as they can get too much and be tacky. Perhaps, adding dried flowers and some pine cones can do the trick. Personalize space and use quirky accents and centerpieces. We will again emphasize the importance of using cushions, throws, and blankets on coziness.

Make sure that if you use these tips, you also incorporate yourself into them. Don’t follow design trends blindly but ask yourself how you feel about them. Essentially, you and the members of your family, are the ones creating the atmosphere in your home. No interior designer can change the effect you have on your home.

How To Choose Furniture For Small Spaces

 

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So you’ve scored a place to live, which is a massive achievement in today’s times, but you still need to furnish and decorate. Maybe you’ve resorted to small space living, or maybe you just have a small room you want to make use of, either way, choosing furniture for small spaces is a difficult task. Here are some tips to furnishing the space you have, no matter how small.

Use the perimeter of your room

It seems obvious, but so many people skip out on this. Mount your television to the wall, so you don’t waste floor space on a cabinet or table to hold it up. You can also find wall mounted shelves which, honestly, are lifesavers.  Another good option is to purchase tall dressers and bookshelves to make the most of your wall space.

 

Go multifunctional


Multifunctional furniture for small spaces is a great way to save room in your home. Your beds and couches are usually the most space-consuming pieces of furniture in your home. It’s an all too familiar scenario: You walk into an empty room thinking it’s reasonably big until you throw a bed into it and realise how little floor space you have. Take advantage of this and buy beds and couches with storage underneath. This way you can re-purpose otherwise wasted space, saving room elsewhere in the house.

 

Though it can be more expensive, modular furniture is also a stellar way to save room. This can be particularly exciting for parents with creative children, as you can teach them about the functionality of space and let them get creative with designing it themselves.


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Control your light


A classy and elegant way to transform a space is with light. Unless you’re a photographer, lighting is probably something you rarely think about in your day to day life. But the truth is, we go about the day being constantly manipulated by light. It changes the way we feel. For instance, people tend to feel happy and safe in sunny and warm areas, or suspicious and uneasy in dark and shadowy areas. This is why you can completely change the way your home feels with something as simple as blinds, as you can take complete control over the lighting in your home. On top of that, you can purchase dimmable lamps and various bulbs, small furniture for small spaces that puts you in control of the room’s mood.

Re-evaluate your furniture

 

How much of your stuff do you actually need? Once you start breaking down the purpose of furniture in your home, you can really start to consider whether you need it or not. I have a cousin that always complains about how little space he has for his kids to play around in. He has a large coffee table right in the middle of the room, taking up an enormous amount of ‘playable space’ but he never actually uses the table. He’s too scared of scratching it up or getting burn marks on the wood. Once I asked him why he even needs the table and his response was so he can store his magazines. I never saw anyone in his family touch those magazines once! Instead of children using the space to play and learn, he decided to waste it on storing magazines he didn’t even read. Your scenarios may not be as ridiculous as that, but I guarantee if you go through your house and mentally break down all of the furniture you have, what it’s purpose is, and whether you really need it, you will most likely find some items you could get rid of. You could even sell them and make some money.

 

Furniture design for small spaces can seem like an almost impossible task. You need to build up, and you need to build smart. Make the most off all of the wall space you have available, and don’t let any area go to waste. Re-evaluate what you need, and if you have items that are hogging half your room, get rid of them and find something else.

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Gingerbread Doll House

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What a unique creation – a gingerbread dollhouse filled with meticulous work to create fine details including furniture. The house includes M&M’s, candy canes, shutters, Christmas Tree and gum drops.

Furniture Trends 2016: Color Will Be The King

The New Year is traditionally a time to look at your home and consider which rooms need to be redecorated and spruced up. Part if this process often includes replacing all or some of your furniture.  It can be difficult to pick the right furniture, something that will blend in with your color scheme, do the job well and be in keeping with the latest trends. The following color trends are likely to feature highly in 2016 and should assist you with your furniture choices:

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Grey

A neutral color is always the best choice for your furniture, especially when considering a settee. Whilst any neutral color can be used, grey remains the best option as it will go with any color scheme and can be easily brightened, or even toned down with some well chosen cushions. Grey is the best choice for purchasing the more expensive furniture items, such as your settee. This is because you can pay a little more to get a premium quality item safe in the knowledge that it will not go out of fashion the following season. A grey or neutral settee will allow you to repaint the walls every year, or simply change all your accessories to ensure your house always remains abreast of the latest trends.

Blue

Blue has become a firm favorite for the coming year. Blue colors, particularly navy or indigo, will brighten any room but can also complement the majority of the colors available.  Alternatively, if you already have a neutral color settee and are not ready to change it; you can add a range of blue colors to your room through the use of cushions, throws, curtains and even rugs. The walls can remain neutral and allow you to easily change your style next season!

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Denim

This shade of blue is set to feature in many of the fabrics and even artworks which will shortly be coming to the market. It can be seen as a bold statement but it is very good at adding a splash of adventure to any room. It makes a statement and can make any room come to life.  Again, it does not need to be a big splash of color; adding it to your room via a painting or abstract art will work well. It is also possible to add vases, cushion cases and even throws to finish the effect. As blue is a warming color it will also help to make your room feel warmer and cozier, no matter how big it is!

Copper

This is the best metal to use to finish off a variety of furniture items and accessorize your room. It provides a sense of warmth and a touch of class. Add copper handles to your furniture or copper edging to your mirrors, you can even use copper curtain poles to add the right touch to your room. Alternatively, furniture edged with rose gold will provide a similar finish and add the luxury look to your property. Alongside your furniture you can add finishing touches like a rose gold hand mirror, or several pieces of jewelry, laid on a dressing table. You can even purchase copper drink mats for your coffee table or add them to your place mats in the dining room.

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The most valuable piece of advice when it comes to choosing your furniture is to pick something that is comfortable and echoes your personality. The colors can be added according to the latest trends, your whims or even the change in the seasons. This will make your room, luxury handmade furniture, and interior decor truly versatile and fashionable; no matter what the current trend.

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