Home decor is not bonded by any rules laid down by designers; the world of decor is so vast that you may have researched and taught a million things yet someone somewhere would bring out something so extraordinary and different you would doubt your knowledge. Today here are few such quick and easy decorating hacks that you might have not thought before.
- When you have great collection of Chinese porcelains, then they are not to keep safe inside your kitchen cabinet. Display your priced possession to the world by displaying them in your living room at a table which can even double up to be a dining table. They need not have to be of same design and size but just have to play well with each other and balance the display like this Atlanta House by designer Beth Webb.
- Similarly Beth has also works wonders in the kitchen by installing a linen curtain that runs the track through the room so that when special guest arrive one can just conceal the mess created in the kitchen by pulling it. Also the installation of the glass wall that displays the pool and garden makes the ambiance divine.
- We often go overboard in trying to make everything work with colours, patterns, textures and everything but designer Ken Fulk went all out with mix and match nautical theme in this bedroom and it looks picture perfect. They call it the sailor room because everything around like the faded bedspread, the nature of patterns, the artwork, the stripped pillow seems like things brought back from a long journey at sea. Even the bed is a vintage 4 poster and the addition of the antique cage lights just bring in the required drama to the scene.
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- Have you ever thought of putting an antique at your bathroom? Fulk’s vacation home has one and it’s that type of focal point that the attention never ceases to stop. The vintage cabinet feels dramatic and royal in this modern and contemporary bath.
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- If you have an inexpensive piece at your home or you just spotted one at any charity store, bring it home and paint it white. White furniture could transform a place like no other stuff. This Kansas City home designed by Zim Loy is painted all white that the amazing table in the middle looks like a splurge but is actually a $60 table found at an estate sale. When you paint your room with bright colour like white it makes the whole scenario breezy and calm. Adding little greenery in it by placing house plants could enhance the scene in the most amazing way.
- Covering a wall with plates is another trend making round this days and they look amazing like masterpieces that were hidden since ages. Designer Loy discovered this really cheap yet interesting company called Hackerware in Ebay which sells tons of kitchen dishes at a very cheap cost. Loy started collecting them and covered a wall with them thus creating an art that is unique, interesting and praiseworthy.
- If you are left out with an extra roll of wallpaper do not throw it away rather use it as vinyl shades for your windows. They are unique and bring in a very breezy affect to the room.
- Hallways are dark spaces and often left out undecorated and lonely. They should never be left out of your home décor plan in fact they should be more brightened. Turkish carpets are great for using them in your hallways like this California House designed by Betsy Burnham. The hallways end up with the nook corner for a reading space and these colourful rugs make the space more cosy and sprightful. Like Burnham says Turkish rugs can easily transform a plain hallway to a dramatic space and when you adorn it with a tattered rug it makes the place homely and bohemian.
- Create an intimate seating arrangement in your living room by floating the sofa away from the walls. Bringing the furniture closer makes the setting cosier and gives ample of space for you to décor the back with porcelains, vintage figures, lamps or Chinese monkeys. If you have a smaller room this setting is going to give the illusion of a large room.
- Designer PodgeBune did something incredible with her old curtains and you would be amazed to know how creativity could bring back life to old things. Everything in her Hampton’s Cottage living room has a story of its own and she makes it a point of cherishing those memories. She has used her old curtains and transformed them to upholsteries for this room like the easy chair has her old dining hall curtains. The designer fabric was still fresh and one of its kind but using the same old curtains for way too long was not an option so she transformed them.
- When your room is painted in similar hues it needs a certain addition of colour that would be small but really creative. Adding a cheerful accent colour to the room rejuvenates the whole scenario like in this room by Gideon Mendelson who added the yellow and fresh flowers vase to his normal headboard. The place looks refreshing and even though they were not part of the décor plan they look just perfect for each other.
- Bookshelves though are places where you display your reading gems but floating a wall painting is a charming addition that makes the look ethereal. Designer Alex Hitz says that hanging a painting in a place that one never expects makes it more interesting and adds a certain flavour of textured finish to the area. It’s fun and unique when you see pictures hanging from unusual place.
- In your dining hall try mixing the chairs to add an interesting twist to the dinner table. Designer Ramsay Gourd took off the usual formal chairs and brought in few rustic metal and plastic ones to add a very casual and balanced atmosphere to the normal royal setting. The twist is different and the change instantly clicks the eyes of any new guest.
- Did you ever think of painting half of your wall because you are bored of painting? This dream of yours can be made true. This latest design trend says to paint half of your wall and leave the rest white. It will create a subtle setting but would be super stylish. This dining hall looks enhancing with the grey and white combination.
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- KelieGrosso thought of going with open shelves in this room but since they would look too blank thought of adding colours to it. Open shelving lets the owner enormous ways to change the décor and adding the colour to the otherwise neutral palette brings in a dramatic and stunning look. The bright accent stands out and really makes one wonder how would it feel to add more colour to it.
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- Add a modern piece to your otherwise traditional living room and make the space dramatically auspicious. Like this room by Ashley Whittaker where an acrylic coffee table in placed with the normal sofa and totally changed the vibe of the room. Since the table is transparent it gives the room more seating area and makes it look magical.
- People usually don’t think of bringing colour to the bathroom floor, they mostly go either with dark or white. But designer Keri McCabe did completely beautiful with this bathroom by adding a blue shade to the bathroom flooring. This gives the room an undistinguishable charm and makes the tub the focal point. It looks so peaceful and tranquil like floating in the open sea that you would want to soak in it all day long.
- Open shelves do not have a backdrop so they are usually attached to the wall. Since they are tucked into the walls doesn’t mean you cannot colour the background. In fact colouring each shelf box in different colour makes it a focal point and more interesting and dramatic. If too much of colour is not your forte go for a single deep tone that would bring the required twist to it.
- Mixing traditional with modern assets is a charming way to make a royal setting equally enchanting. Like this room designed by T. Keller Donovan where everything is traditional except the modern pink and white table cloth. The patterned cloth brings with a sense of eclectic aura that transforms the whole outlook of the room making it brighter and warmer.
- When you have a small bathroom you are not left much to do with the décor. When you are stuck with small spaces like this then try making a particular wall the focal point like this bathroom designed by Krista Ewart. There wasn’t much space to do anything so she installed a small patch of wallpaper and created a statement out of it.