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Contemporary Decor

Contemporary Decor

Contemporary decor is often defined by clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors, and elements and materials inspired by nature. Update your space with a nod to contemporary decor. Sure, the look is sleek, but today’s contemporary rooms are casual and eclectic with an emphasis on comfort. What is it? Contemporary decor is often defined by clean lines with a casual atmosphere, open spaces, neutral colors, and elements and materials inspired by nature.

Contemporary style encompasses a range of styles developed in the latter half of the 20th century. Interiors contain neutral elements and bold color, and they focus on the basics of line, shape and form. Here is an overview of the difference between contemporary and traditional. Contemporary style is often interchanged with “modern” which isn’t accurate. Contemporary architecture can be identified by its open floor plans, solid walls, a flat roof.

Contemporary decorating is about the “here and now.” It can best be characterized by: less is more, clean lines, minimal clutter, neutral and tonal colors paired with bold pops of color, open spaces, and an abundance of natural light that allows the rooms to feel airy and comfortable. The most obvious and distinctive element of a contemporary style interior design is line. It’s found in architectural details, use high ceilings and geometric shapes in wall art and sculpture.

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Welcome Autumn in Style!

Welcome Autumn in Style!We’ve got the latest inspiration for fall. Interior designer Linda Åhman shows how easy it is to bring two trending styles into your home. This style is all about autumn: Think comfort, pale colors, velvet and linen. Start simple with a muted base, and combine with pillows and different materials in softer colors, and soft shapes. Use trendy shades of pinks and yellows. It doesn’t have to be expensive or complicated to get this look… it can and should be fun and simple!

It’s as easy as using what you have, and adding in some new elements like table lamps and vases to create a harmonious atmosphere. IKEA coffee table, white, the round shape gives you a generous table top for trays, coffee or tea services. The dimensions make the table easy to place in the room. The table legs are made of solid wood, a durable, natural material. The included plastic feet protect the floor from scratches. A living room can`t be without a coffee table.

You can easily create a coordinated look by completing KRAGSTA coffee table with the smaller nesting tables in the same series. This coffee table has solid beech, acrylic paint. Solid wood has a natural feel. Separate shelf for magazines, etc. helps you keep your things organized and the table top clear. Coordinates with other furniture in the HEMNES series. Natural in solid pine. Looks great together with other furniture in the HEMNES series.

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The Most Popular Colors

The Most Popular ColorsExpand your square footage with these popular hues. There are some hard and fast rules when it comes to interior design. Dining room chandeliers should hang 60 to 66 inches off the floor. Never match the color of your walls to a color in one of your fabrics. Hang curtains all the way to the ceiling to make the ceilings appear higher. But when it comes to making a room — especially a small one — there truly is no one right answer.

So whether you’re looking for a paint color to live with for a while or one that makes the tiny third bedroom in your home for sale in Sarasota, FL, look just a smidge bigger, we consulted designers, paint companies like PPG Paints, and painters to come up with these 14 paint colors you should consider for your next project. Save them to your home inspiration board on Pinterest, and read on for tips on how to best use them. Best all-around colors to make a space feel larger.

Light colors and neutrals are always a classic option for small spaces, but that doesn’t mean you have to forgo bold colors when you want to make a room seem bigger. Just take a cue from designer Anne Miller of Miller House Interiors in Charlotte, NC, and pick softer tones for your accessories and furnishings. “I love a saturated paint color and encourage clients not to be scared of using one,” she says. “The key is to remember to balance out that color with softer neutrals so that the room is not overwhelming.”

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How to Use Mirrors for Good Feng Shui

How to Use Mirrors for Good Feng ShuiA smart feng shui use of mirrors will make the space bigger and brighter, attract the desired energy of abundance and calm, correct various design mistakes, as well as attract more vital energy into your home.​ Of course, it is very important to know what is it exactly that you are doing with mirrors, because a random placement of mirrors, no matter how beautiful or visually appealing, can often create bad feng shui energy. A mirror in the main entrance is usually good feng shui for several reasons.

You can also add a touch of luxury to your home (if the mirror frame is glamorous or unique). Your hallway can benefit from mirrors just as the main entry can, and that applies to both big and small hallways. The one placement to avoid at all costs is placing a mirror facing the staircase. Why? Staircases are considered challenging in feng shui, no matter which bagua area of the house they are located in. Staircases are considered challenging in feng shui, no matter which area of the house.

Placing a mirror reflecting the staircase only doubles the unsettling and ungrounding energy of the staircase. While a big mirror in any space looks appealing because it adds beauty, light and a sense of spaciousness (especially if the mirror is beautifully framed), placing mirrors so that they reflect each other is considered challenging feng shui. This specific placement of mirrors creates a constant bouncing of energy similar to a very active and chaotic movement, which is definitely not good feng shui in homes.

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Decorate with Greenery for the Holidays

Decorate with Greenery for the HolidaysSometimes simple plants and flowers can be the most striking. Here are a few ways we love to brighten up the home with natural elements. 1. There’s no need to over complicate your floral arrangements when the flowers are this beautiful. Mix a few of your favorite cuts and a even a branch or two, for a just-thrown-together look. 2. Could there be a more relaxing way to rise in the morning? Fragrant eucalyptus sprigs hung with twine from your bed create a gorgeous, natural frame, and freshen the air all at once.

3. Add a bit of low-key drama to your dining table by lacing a chandelier with sprigs of fresh-cut eucalyptus or other greens (VINTER has loops along the bottom to run the stems through). It’s like dining under the boughs of your favorite tree. Create a magical scene with festive holiday garland, wreaths, swags and more. Learn how to make your fresh holiday greenery last through the season. Whether greenery is hung in the heat of your house or the cold air outside. Holiday wreaths.

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5 Alternative Trees for the Holidays

5 Alternative Trees for the HolidaysSometimes it’s tricky to fit a traditional tree into your space. Here are five festive alternatives to suit your needs and reflect your personality. Get inspired! 1. Decorate the side table with a tiny pine. Lack the space for a big tree? Go for a mini version instead! A table top plant is just what you need to turn a small table into an instant gift area. 2. Put a personalized “pine” on the wall. Get creative and imagine your dream tree. Then create it on your wall for an eye-catching centerpiece.

Push a coffee table against the wall and start building upwards with your choice of deco. Top with a star! 3. Twist a textile tree. Make a wire circular base, and attach five strands of wire to form a cone shape. Decorate your “tree” with ornaments and strips of scraps. Twist fabric round two of the wire strands (just use what you have at home). Then hang it from the ceiling. 4. Save space with a super tiny tree. Last holiday season’s big tree trend was trees cut in half.

Take it to the next level and decorate your walls with a tree installation. Just put a tree into a display box and let matching frames create a graphic feel. 5. Dress a plant in holiday deco. If you’re a ho-ho-ho traditionalist this tree may feel a little outside the box. But it’s oh so simple. Just decorate a plant you already have at home. We went for tropical holiday deco with silver pearl garlands, hot pink birds and shimmering baubles.

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Light Displays that Shine Bright

Light Displays that Shine Bright

Twinkling, sparkling, light arrangements. They’re easy to create, last all season long, and have a super high success rate for spreading joy. You officially have our blessing to go nuts with them. 1. Delicate, battery-powered chain lights bring a new shine to elegant glass domes. Just arrange them inside for a cosmic, ethereal effect. 2. A bit tired of traditional Christmas trees? Go abstract and create a new wave version with lights. Just arrange the nails, hang the lights, and you’re set.

By the way, this works great for any type of design you might prefer. 3. Bring the night sky into your home. Just start by spraying a blank fabric canvas with glue, and sprinkle it with as much or as little glitter as you please. Then arrange and fasten your light chain on the back of the canvas frame. Enjoy the stars! 4. Give your light chain a sweet touch by decorating it with different types of ribbons and ornaments. We love the feel it gives draped above a bed in place of a headboard.

Need Inspiration? Christmas light ideas that will top windows and doors make a home’s own charming features. It is one of the best parts of the holiday season! Christmas light displays can also be a great inspiration for next year. Home Christmas lights, displays are extremely popular indoor and outdoor Christmas decorations. Impressive small lights can be stringed together. Small units do not make much of a statement on their own, but when used in displays can impress the viewer in a big way.

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Fresh Ways to Pack a Lunch

Fresh Ways to Pack a LunchThe packed lunch: it can be the highlight of your afternoon or a moment of dread. Aim for the former with a cool presentation that elevates any meal. 1. Organized for kiddos. Children can be such picky eaters. A carrot touches a kiwi and the next thing you know, lunch is inedible. Solution? Keep everything divided and neat with silicon muffin cups. Bonus: they’re also easy to clean. 2. Low key lunch that won’t embarrass your teens. Their days of toting around a lunch box are gone.

Give teens a more discrete option with travel containers that stack neatly into their backpack. They can even give them a unique twist with graphic stickers. 3. The casually cool work lunch. Forget the vending machine sandwich or bland delivery salad. Pack a simple lunch in refined glass containers and wrap it all up in a beautiful tea towel that doubles as a placemat. Kitchen cabinets play the obvious role of storing food goods, dinnerware, and pots and pans, they also have a powerful effect on the overall design.

Because they play such a big role in terms of the way a kitchen looks and functions, it’s important to make thoughtful decisions about them—from the materials and colors to the scale and layout. Whether you’re looking to build some colorful cabinets or want to install a clever, hidden storage system, these examples will inspire you before embarking on your kitchen remodel. Get playful with a family of colors. Go bold by painting your cabinet doors different colors. The best kitchens are ones that are efficient.

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Take Control of Your TV and Tech

Take Control of Your TV and TechWhere’s the remote?! We hear that all the time, too. Same goes for tablets, game controllers and head phones. So we came up with some low-tech tips to organize and hide all those high-tech living room things. 1. Your TV doesn’t hide from you, but you can hide it. Put curtain rails above it and hang fabric panels. Depending on the look you want, go for fabric that pops or blends in. Your remotes? Store them in closed drawers by the TV. They’re out of sight but not playing hide and seek!

2. Smart furniture is your friend—big or small. Choose a storage unit with mesh doors that blur consoles from view and let signals through. An open back helps arrange cables, too. Store most-used tech stuff in a basket on top. Put the rest in boxes. The bag? It’s designed to hide power strips and cords. 3. Stuff all over your sofa? Leave it there, sort of. Drape pocket organizers on the back and the arm—one for each person and their tech accessories. Glue or iron on fun fabric to personalize. The catch?

You still have to remember what each remote does! (Markers or labels might help.) We love to see our customers get creative with our products. Go for it! But please note that altering or modifying IKEA products so they can no longer be re-sold or used for their original purpose, means the IKEA commercial warranties and your right to return the products will be lost. Shelf unit, hanging organizer for accessories for TV and tech and to organize and hide all those high-tech living room things.

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8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Herbs and Spices

8 Ways to Get the Most Out of Your Herbs and SpicesHave you ever done a search through your cabinets and found a dusty jar of spices, somewhere near the back, out of scent and looking vaguely like crumbly dirt? Err, us too. Here’s 8 ways to rescue your herbs and spices and help them bring big flavors and herby savoriness to your dishes. 1. Whole spices like nutmeg, cardamom and cinnamon keep their freshness (and flavor) longer than ground up spices. 2. Bulbs like onions and garlic, store better in the dark. Just make sure they’re away from heat and moisture.

3. Herbs can be kept longer (while keeping their flavor) by drying them out. Just hang them in bundles upside down somewhere warm and dry. 4. Spices hate moisture, so keep them airtight and dry in sealable jars. 5. Herbs and spices with a high water content (like chilli’s, lemongrass, and lime leaves) store best in the freezer. 6. Spices give lots more flavor if your grind up whole ones right when you want to use them. 7. Wrap aromatic herbs like parsley, rosemary, and thyme with some cooking string and toss them in a pot when making soups, stews, and curries.

8. Heating up herbs before grinding them helps release their oils. Alternatively, fry ground spices in a little oil for more flavor. Food is always better when properly seasoned. You’ll enjoy cooking a lot more once you’ve learned the herb and spice basics. The food will taste better, smell better, and impress your friends/family/coworkers/pets. Hooray! Most herbs can be found dried or fresh and can be used either way with ease. Herbs are considered to be the leaves and greener parts of the plant – the seeds, bark, roots, etc. are normally considered a spice. Some plants are both.

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