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Best Tips for Decorating Fireplaces

A fireplace can be more than just a heating source. It can create the perfect atmosphere for a room and become an interesting design element. So, learn how to make your fireplace stand out prominently as a room’s focal point with the following ideas.

1. Take the Location Into Account

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Suppose you are decorating all the fireplaces in your house. Would you decorate the fireplace in your living room in the same way as the one in your bedroom? Of course, not!

This is why it is crucial to consider the location of your fireplace when planning for its decoration.

2. Picture How the Fireplace Decor Fits in With the Rest of the Room

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Whatever the style you are adopting to decorate the fireplace, it should definitely look as if it belongs to the room. It should not only fit in but should also improve the overall aesthetic of the room.

Let’s say, for example, you have a pretty rustic living room. Exposed bricks and lots of charming old wood are the perfect decorative touches that enhance the theme of the room.

But, if the decoration sticks out too much, you will most probably end up with a somehow off atmosphere.

3. Then Comes in the Décor

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  • If you want to make the mantel the star, try to minimize the number of accessories and fill the space with just a simple mirror and a few items such as glass vases or hurricane candleholders (these decorative items will most likely fade into the background, keeping the mantel as the focal point).

     

  • You can also make use of contrasting colors to make your mantel stand out. For example, paint the wall above the mantel a hue that contrasts with the room’s main wall color. Then, you can base that same color on another element within the space to obtain a more cohesive look.

     

  • If you want a neutral look, opt for blue and yellow vases and a brown wood mirror frame.

     

  • For those looking for a soothing fireplace décor, try to hang a mirror in the middle and a sconce on either side. You can place a large vase in front of the mirror and fill it in with some small accessories like candlesticks. In addition, you can try a mixture of white, blue and gold colors for the room.

     

  • When it comes to the traditional fireplace mantel décor, you need a pair of wall sconces (one mounted on each side of the fireplace) and a round mirror in the middle.

     

  • Do you want a Scandinavian vibe? Absolutely no problem. All you need is a stack of books and some branches and greenery from your backyard.
  • Want to go all green? Reduce the lights, add some topiary plants and even a floor plant (maybe just below the mantle).

     

  • Did you know that a fireplace mantel can be one of the best places to display a collection? Whether you have a collectible of pottery, sculptures, vases, you can display your favorite pieces on the mantel and you are sure to create a charming look.

4. Find the Right Balance

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Whether it’s your fireplace or a bathroom, it is very easy to overdo it on the décor. This is especially true with large fireplaces where you have enough place to add a lot of decorative elements (but you often end up with a cluttered look).

5. Use the Hearth During the Off-Season

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I don’t think I really need to tell you to be careful where you place your décor if your fireplace is in use (especially with the materials that can cause fire hazards).

However, when it is out of service, you can get even more creative and make use of the hearth. For example, the open fireplace can be blocked with a stack of wood, books or other such items. You can then place some items more closer to the fireplace (as then you won’t have to worry about heat and flames).

Will you use these tips? Please share your comments!

Best Ways to Bring Pink in the Bedroom and Not Make It Too Girly

Pink is a nice color and can create wonders when incorporated into a bedroom palette. However, when decorating your room with pink, there is often the risk that you can go too much “pretty pretty princess.” However, we promise you that the ideas below won’t make as if Pepto-Bismol just exploded in your room and instead will help you to bring some blush into your bedroom.

#1. Don’t Spring for That Pink Bedding

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Suppose you want to bring only a small touch of pink into your bedroom, but you end up choosing pink bedding. Well, that “small dose” will become a “large dose.”

Here are some tips that you can follow:

  • Instead of the all-pink, you can choose a combination of grey and pink with a grey linen quilt.
  • Did you know that the pairing up of pink and leopard can result in pure and effortless glamour? So, why don’t you go ahead and choose a bedding that mixes and matches pink and leopard?
  • If you have peachy-pink walls, you can balance them out with white, luxurious bedding. It will not only elevate the bedroom design but also provide a great contrast, along with a warm and cozy glow.

#2. Dare to Paint Your Walls Pink?

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Pink, blue or green. Whatever the color you want to bring in your bedroom, walls are the go-to decorating tactic. The color with which you paint your bedroom has the power and ability to transform both the atmosphere and style of the home.

Now, some claim that pink walls can make a statement and can be super-calming (that depends on the shade of pink, of course). Even though I would suggest going beyond the traditional pink paintwork and wallpaper, I know pink is loved by many. But, instead of some tacky and childlike pink wall ideas, here are some better ideas:

  • Opt for some pink paneling. You can choose a pink linen board that’s lightly padded and pinned to the wall. This will soften your bedroom design to a great extent.
  • Chose dusty pink walls. Dusty pink is a type of pink that is soft and trifle muddied. It also includes a tint of grey or brown and can provide the warmth of pink without going too much on the blush side.
  • And, of course, I won’t stop you if you want an all-pink bedroom with warm and saturated pink walls (by the way, you should take a peek at the hot pink bedroom in Denise Richards Residence). And, on a side note, let me add that adding natural elements with the strong look of pink walls can help to create an organic space feeling.

However, for all those who don’t want these Barbie-pink walls, here are some options you can try out:

  • Once again, you can choose the pink-grey combination, with deep and moody charcoal or calming and muted shades of grey that can blend perfectly with almost any shade of pink.
  • Have you ever heard that black and pink could be such a great combo? So, you can choose some bold, black walls to match softer and lighter pink shades.
  • If you chose pink bedding, then maybe crisp white walls can seal the deal.
  • Another great way to make a statement is to choose bold floral wallpaper.

#3. The Overall Style of the Furnishings in the Room Matters

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  • Adding super traditional furniture or furnishings with baroque accents that have lots of scrolls and curves will be perfect as they seem to have that feminine touch.
  • However, if you used the white and pink combination, dark and wooden furniture would probably be the best as they can stand out against the white and pink accents.
  • And, if you opted for the Barbie-pink bedroom, opt for neutral furniture and brass accents as they can help to keep the hot pink color as the main decorative element.

#4. Skip the Pink Accessories

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Imagine you have already picked out pink bedding and pink walls. Now, you throw in pink curtains, pink couch, pink throw pillows, pink lamp, pink vase, a pink carpet and so on. Seriously, isn’t that “too much” in a room?

Once you have selected a few pink elements, you don’t have to repeat and dapple that color throughout the room to make sure the color scheme is evident.

 

Do you like these ideas? Please share your comments!

 

Surprise Your Mother With Great Mother’s Day Home Décor

A mother is the heart of the home.”

– Mother Theresa

Honestly, let’s face it: a house cannot function well even for one day without a mother. She is always the one who cleans and decorates the home. But, for Mother’s Day, she needs to be pampered and it will be up to you to take the responsibility of decorating the house to the nines.

#1. Wall Art

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Sometimes, don’t you feel like your interior spaces feel a little rough around the edges or seem a little unfinished? The odds are that there are too many white walls in the house. But there is one element that can spruce up your interior and make it feel complete: wall art!

If you are celebrating Mother’s Day at home, wall art is what will make the overall design perfect. It is like the icing on the cake that makes it taste so much better.

So, here are some ideas:

  • You can buy (or even create) some stickers, murals or decals with heart-touching messages or quotes for your mother. Besides, as they are very easy to put on walls, vinyl decals have rose in popularity.
  • You can go for your mother’s favorite movie posters.
  • You can also paint a portrait of your mother (only if you have artistic blood in your body) and hang it on the wall.
  • As many mothers are fans of flowers and floral decorations, you can opt for a floral wall art.

#2. Cushions and Throw Pillows

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Mom:

Laundry goddess,

Clean up counselor,

Dishwasher diva,

Family manager,

Errand engineer

Sometimes, just watching your mother’s efforts and exertions to clean the house and keep it in good shape can make you feel so exhausted. So, why don’t you reduce her burden and decorate the living room by using a few colorful cushions and throw pillows? For example, you can spruce up her sofa with some floral throw pillows or with some cushion covers that consist of special Mother’s Day messages.

And, trust me, it is a sweet way to express your affection and gratitude for her.

#3. Balloon Decoration

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Show your mom you haven’t changed at all and that child who always wanted to make her happy is still inside you. So, send her down memory lane by creating beautiful balloon decorations, the same way that she used to do before for your birthday parties.

What you can do is to craft a gorgeous balloon arch or to decorate the ceiling with Helium ones. And, please do yourself a favor and buy an inexpensive balloon filler or balloon pump (it will save not only your breath but also your time).

#4. Flowers in Bottles

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Ok, it is not always easy to find the right gift for your mother (especially when you have to find a gift every year). But there’s one gift that never fails to bring a smile to her face: flowers (so typical, I know).

Show your mother how thoughtful you are by collecting some fresh flowers of her choice and place them into glass jars or bottles. To make them more elegant, you can tie the bottles together with a colorful string or a ribbon and put them on the dining table.

Here is some recommendation for the best flowers for Mother’s Day:

  • Carnations: Did you know that carnations represent purity, faith, love, beauty and charity? And coincidentally, these are the virtues of motherhood.
  • Tulips: These flowers come in different colors, but no matter what color you choose, I am sure it will definitely bring your mom lots of joy.
  • Orchid: Orchids can make an excellent arrangement for your mother.
  • Roses: The classic and traditional gifts for a mother.

#5. Scented Candles

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Put some scented candles in some glass jars and decorate them with glass or acrylic paint and ribbons and you will see how your mother won’t be able to get enough of them.

Plus, scented candles are that extra touch that can create a warm and relaxing atmosphere and add color and style to any space.

Will you follow these tips to create the perfect Mother’s Day? Please share your comments!

Bring Some Bollywood Inspiration to Your Home Décor

From Nick and Ambar’s rented house with breathtaking views in Salaam Namaste to Yuvraj Vikram Singh Rathore’s grand estate in Khoobsurat, the interior spaces displayed in Bollywood movies have never failed to amaze us.

If you are a Bollywood fan and are trying to look for some new home décor ideas, get ready for a whole house redecoration with these great ideas inspired by Indian cinema.

Consider Popular Bollywood Colors

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What colors come to your mind when I say Bollywood and all the movie productions from India’s entertainment industry? I don’t know for you, but I tend to think of a sparkling and vibrant rainbow. And this is exactly what Bollywood is.

If you want to bring the Bollywood vibe to your home, one of the first things that you should do is to brighten up the interior spaces with colors. And, some of the popular colors that you can apply to your home décor are jewel tones, such as ruby, amethyst, sapphire, emerald and gold (of course, you can also opt for any other bright and fun color).

A Glitzy Entrance

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If you want to ace that lush Bollywood-themed décor, you need that enchanting entrance that will immediately impress your guests and make them feel as if they are in some 90s Indian movie. For instance, you can turn your simple and plain entrance into a dreamy Bollywood one by adding a lot of clapperboards, a red carpet (if you want to), some bulbs and extravagant lighting.

Bollywood Centrepieces

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To achieve that Indian-movie look, every element don’t need to represent a part of Bollywood, but your love for Indian cinema should be present. I recommend you to move over those typical mason jars and floral centerpieces (argh..did I mention how much I hate those usual floral decorations?) and instead chose items that can help to bring that Bollywood vibe in your house.

Here are some examples:

  • Adding a dancing-couple music box will remind you of both the dreamy girl and the Baadshah of Bollywood.
  • Adding any W-shaped decorative item will remind you of the crazy and hilarious search for a hidden treasure by four buddies. Yes, I am talking about the 2007 Dhamaal movie.

Drapes and Curtains

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Have you ever watched Khoobsurat, the 2014 Indian romantic comedy movie where a quirky daughter starts to work for a royal family and tries to melt the heart of the younger prince? Well, if not that, you must have at least watched the famous Devdas (that is, if you are a pure blood Bollywood movie fan). And, from these movies, you will get great ideas for your drapes and curtains (whether you like simple ones or huge sequins work curtains).

Adding Some Unusual and Small Décor

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You don’t always need huge and luxurious pieces of decorations to create a Bollywood-style home décor. For example, from the Indian movie, Wake Up Sid, you can see how a small messy space was turned into a simple but clean and beautiful one with just a few décor ideas such as hanging birds, photographs, wall decals and some lightings.

Choose Bold and Intricate Prints and Patterns

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Bold and intricate patterns and prints are widely used in Bollywood to embellish clothing. Now, imagine if you implement them in your house. And, whether you use traditional Indian prints or contemporary ones, they would help to make a strong statement and create an eye-catching space.

Go for the Classy and Elegant

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If you are a huge fan of Sanjay Leela Bhansali’s movies, you will love this concept.

Bollywood-inspired home decors do not always need to be quirky and stylish, but they can also be classic and elegant. And this look can be achieved with a “Dharm Garam” décor, carved furniture, brass and silver decorative pieces, lamps and candlesticks, solid wood tables and even an old Maharani-Maharaja painting.

As per Anamika Tomar, an interior designer in Mumbai, India, “In a spacious living room that has high ceilings, one can create a Mughal-like décor, with tinted lanterns hung in clusters in a corner. You can also spruce up your home, by picking up some digitally printed cushions (that are printed with filmy dialogues or some Bollywood iconography).”

Will you use these tips? Please share your comments!