What is Decor Rotation and Should You Do It?

Humans don’t really like change, but decor rotation is absolutely something we should do in our homes.

I’m a really fussy person, but when I do find the PERFECT thing, I won’t get bored of it. That perfect item could easily stay for 10+ years.

I know other people aren’t like that and change their mind every other day. No matter what sort of person you are, everyone should believe in decor rotation. Our homes can become so tired, dull and shabby looking unless you rotate your furniture and bring in new bits and pieces every now and then.

It can be hard when you become emotionally attached to something. If you’ve had a piece such as a sofa in your life for many years, you become attached to it. This is why we see so much clutter in modern homes, even though the properties might be new either in building quality and design or new for us as home buyers. We fill them with the same old stuff.

Every so often, it’s right to let go, even if the interior pieces you have given sentimental value to are working and functioning properly. Sometimes you have to admit to the contemporary styles and move with the times. What’s better is that you might find something that is more suited to your tastes.

 

Replacing the sofa

The living, beating heart and soul of the home is and always will be the living room. It’s where you go to relax and watch your favourite television shows. It’s also a place where you have meaningful talks with your guests, friends and family.

Older sofas tended to be curvy and only provide three seats. Modern, stylish sofas have a more domineering factor with their sharp straight lines. A modern sectional corner sofa made from leather would make a great addition to your home.

These sofas can easily seat around four to five, with the benefit of a couple of foot resting spaces. They are large and do require a lot of space in your lounge or living room. However, they are in fact incredibly light for their size. Materials such as oak and yew are used for the structure, and foam padding replaces cloth.

 

Minimalist kitchen dining

White kitchen with breakfast bar and oak bar stools

When it comes to decor rotation, one of the easiest points to start with is the kitchen area. Even if you have a dining area in the home, you’re more than likely to have a small table and some chairs in the kitchen as well.

Have a look at contemporary home furniture that can provide you with good sturdy tables, that don’t take up a lot of room, and chairs with the same ethos. Bar stools to your kitchen would make for great congregation areas, and spots where the children can have their breakfast. The strong yet spindly legs give height to the seats which themselves are curved for comfortable back support.

You can, of course, opt for fabric, tempered rubber or even leather seats if you wish. The various styles with similar approaches include japansk, ypster and leena. All have a great minimalist touch for maximum space.

 

A Re-Paint

Sometimes, it’s not just about your decor. A shabby paint job can make your home look dated. You should try and refresh your paint every 10 years or so. Even if you go for the same colour! A touch up will make a massive difference. Just double check you’ve got the right paint colour before you buy (unlike me with this classic paint disaster).

The decor in our homes can often act like a familiar aura. We can get attached and place emotions and sentimental beliefs on the interior designs, but always remember that moving with the times is healthy for your sense of fashion. Out with the old and in with the new, sometimes you just have to go for it.

 

 

 



 

 

3 Ways To Add Contemporary Styling Around The Home

Add contemporary styling to your home with these helpful tips!

When it comes to home decor, you’ll often find that you have a very distinct taste.

You’ll find yourself drawn to certain things for a reason. Sometimes, your home style will be very you. It’s something that your friends and family can instantly visualise when they picture what your home would look like.

This is generally something quite natural for a lot of people. But it’s not always the same for everyone. Because sometimes, you can be drawn to a style that’s completely different to your own sense of style or usual tastes. And when that style is contemporary, you may not necessarily know how to create the right look around your home.

When you’ve seen contemporary styling in homes elsewhere, and you’re desperate to go with the look, you’ve now come to the right place. I’m going to talk through the ways in which you can achieve the look in your own home.

 

Styling

One of the best ways to achieve a particular home style is with the styling itself.

When you want to create a certain look, you need to be able to work with the right pieces in the right way.

It’s not just enough to buy contemporary furniture and hope for the best. Because when it comes to contemporary interior design, it’s all about how you stage it. You need to make sure that you’re working with the right vision.

This is often going to be quite minimal and very fashion-forward. So really think about how you’re placing your furniture and slowly build up piece by piece.

 

Colour

Then, you’re going to want to turn to the colours that you’re using as well.

Of course, everyone is going to have their personal preference when it comes to colour schemes they want to use around the house and even in individual rooms. But using the right kind of colours will help you to add to your contemporary styling.

So be sure you browse through a range of contemporary colour palettes before you pick. Because it’s often about the colours that you choose to put together, and not the individual colours themselves.

 

Accessories

Next, it’s onto accessories.

Sometimes the styling isn’t in the bigger pieces alone. Two rooms can often look the same with identical pieces of furniture in.

But when you add in different accessories, they can take on personalities of their own. So whether it’s your kitchen or your living space, the bathroom or your bedroom, you’re going to want to choose your accessories wisely.

Abstract pieces and anything with an edge is always going to work quite well. You can often find that choosing a theme like Bohemia or art deco will help to bring your contemporary home styling to life too.

 

Just be sure to keep your contemporary vision in mind during the process. When you have a goal to work towards, you can often find that it’s much easier to make things happen and bring it all together.

Monochrome Kitchens and Bathrooms

Monochrome kitchens and bathrooms have a classic, modern finish, and is a trend that won’t disappear anytime soon.

The kitchen is the area people spend most time in. It’s a place for cooking, eating, socialising. It truly is the heart of the house. But sometimes, we don’t recognise when it needs an update.

Maybe the paint on the ceiling has started to peel, or the cupboards have been bleached by the sun, and are a completely different colour to what they were originally. I know a kitchen update is a big job, and can seem scary.

You also want your bathroom to remain a warm and relaxing space. You don’t want to have a bath while looking at the mould that has started to grow around the sealant.

Monochrome kitchens and bathrooms are a timeless trend. If you were to replace either of these rooms, you could be assured that you wouldn’t need to replace them again for at least ten years. Think of it as an investment!

Here is some inspiration to achieve the perfect monochrome look.

Kitchen

The lure of a modern kitchen is just all too much for some people, especially when they have a pretty outdated one.

Unless you’ve bought a new build home, or the previous owner renovated the kitchen, you’re going to need a little bit of money to sort this one. But the value it adds to the house is amazing.

A beautiful look at the minute is white everything. You can choose glossy white cabinets, and a white glass marble floor. It isn’t real marble, as this can get a little expensive. But it gives off a really smart look. If you have a dog that’s likely to get this white floor dirty, you can easily go black and have an equally smart look. 

If you decide to dare white flooring, then a black work surface and cupboards will make it look so sleek. With white flooring, I’d always suggest going for a grey grout. White stains after a few years anyway, so get it grey to start with and make it won’t show up unwanted dirt.

To keep things neat, have the lights built into the ceiling rather than low hanging. See if you can get a double black oven built into the wall to aid your cooking and to make the kitchen pretty.

If there’s some appliances you want to keep, but need to get out of the house temporarily, it might be best to use storage companies such as Magenta storage. They will hold the items for you as kitchen renovations can take time. Storage is relatively cheap so it shouldn’t be too much of an issue.

 

Bathroom

This is another biggy when it comes to renovations, and one that people will put off. The thought of being without a shower for a week, or a toilet for even a day, can be terrifying. 

The kitchen and bathrooms are the main rooms in the house. It’s easy to completely transform them by gutting them out and putting new things in. A popular look again at the minute, is the crisp marble look. In the bathroom this can give off such a relaxing, inviting look.

It’s definitely better to go darker in the bathroom as it’s easy to keep clean and is more relaxing in a sense compared to a bright colour. Just make sure you have enough natural light coming in. The window in my bathroom is too small to pull off a dark bathroom, so we went with cream tiles and a white suite. 

A great look at the minute is the deep sinking baths with the waterfall flow taps like ours. If you have the space, you could also fit in a small walk-in shower in the corner for those times when you need a quick freshen up.

Make sure the tub is white to set off the black. If you can, a double sink is a great addition to a bathroom. Not only does it make things easier (no more fights between Mr and Mrs), but to give the room the American home-style feel that’s so popular at the minute.

black bathroom tiles with white towel

Would you consider monochrome kitchens and bathrooms? Or do you prefer a splash of colour?

Luxury Living: One Effective Change Per Room

Home is always going to be important, but a touch of luxury can just make everything that little more special.

Of course, “luxury” inevitably tends to mean “expensive”, and many of us just don’t have the room in our personal budget for luxurious home decor and design.

Or at least, we don’t have the budget to make an entire room luxurious. If this is the case for you, then it might be worth considering small, luxurious improvements: one change for each room.

If you’re curious about how this could work for you, then here are a few suggestions to get your thoughts whirring.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Living Room

It’s tempting to think that luxury for the living room should involve technology. Few of us would turn down the chance for a bigger, smarter television. Tech changes can be incredibly expensive, and they are also transitory. Your high-tech TV will be usurped by newer models in a matter of months.

If you want to go for luxury living in the living room, then look to your lighting. Good lighting is essential for living rooms. It helps to create an ambience, especially during the long nights of winter.

Opt for a floor lamp with an opulent shade, or install a stunning fixture as a ceiling light. These simple touches will improve the look and feel of the entire room.

 

 

One Luxury Item For… The Kitchen

Unlike the living room, the kitchen is a great place to experiment with tech that can make life easier. Kitchen tech tends to be more affordable, so you won’t have to go into the red to bring a touch of luxury to this space.

The top pick for the kitchen is a gadget that makes life easier, and that you know you’re going to use.

It’s tempting to opt for a juicer or NutriBullet, but these have a tendency to sit unused for months at a time.

Instead, why not treat yourself to a pressure cooker? That might not sound luxurious, but pressure cookers are all the rage at the moment due to their multi functionality and plenty of recipes have sprung up as a result. The higher-end options will look surprisingly stylish on your kitchen counter.

 

One Luxury Item For… The Bedroom

The perfect bedroom should be a sanctuary, somewhere you can retreat to at the end of every day. It’s an area ripe for a touch of luxury. A bedroom should also be comfortable, which is why investing in high quality bedding, good pillows, and luxury duvets should be at the top of your shopping list.

If you ensure that your bedding is soft, comfortable, and hard-wearing, then it’s a decision you won’t regret. Not only will you be able to sleep surrounded by comfort, but you’ll also improve the overall aesthetic of the room when the bed is made. Bedding is definitely the best choice if you’re looking to add a touch of luxury living to your beloved bedroom.

 

Luxury living doesn’t have to be prohibitively expensive. With the above, you can give yourself a taste of the high life, without having to dip into your savings to do it!

 


 

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What Your Wedding Invitations Should Reveal About Your Big Day

Part of the fun of planning a wedding is the fact that none of your guests know what you’re doing.

However, your wedding invitations should reveal important information like venue, theme (colour or otherwise) and time and date.

You can keep them guessing as much as you want. Most brides keep certain things, like their dress, a secret until the big reveal. Others choose to take their secrecy even further by refusing to disclose any major details.

But, there’s no denying that it’s usually essential to reveal at least some of the things you have planned. Leaving guests in the dark is all well and good, but it could lead to issues of logistics. After all, how can they attend if you keep things like your venue secret?

This is where your wedding invitations come in. These are the first hint of what your big day will be all about. It might give them a clue to colour scheme or your style.

As such, it’s essential you work out just how much you would like them to reveal. For the most part, this entirely depends on the level of secrecy you want to keep. But, we’re going to look at a few essentials which should always make an appearance on there somewhere.

 

Your venue

Obviously, your venue has to appear on your invitations. As fun as it would be to keep this a complete secret, there’s just no way you could work it. Well, not without buying expensive buses to transport everyone blind. In the long run, though, that wouldn’t work out. So, bite the bullet and put the address on there. On the plus side, there are plenty of other areas for mystery fun.

 

Your theme

Wedding invitations should reveal a style or design you’ve gone for. They don’t have to give away too much though.

You’ll need to give your guests a bit of a hint of what they can expect. This could be as simple as a coloured bow. Or, you could go all out and reveal your vintage theme using something like these vintage wedding invitations.

Instead of seeing this as ruining the fun, use it to increase the mystery. After all, done right, a hint like this could only tantalise your guests more. By thinking outside the box, you could create a real sense of mystery. For example, if you’re getting married in a wooded area, merely list the address and write ‘bring your wellies’. Your guests will drive themselves crazy trying to work it out.

 

The dress code

If you’re going all out with your themed wedding, the chances are that you have a dress code. The downside here is that you’ll need to reveal your theme beforehand to ensure your guests adhere.

It’s a catch 22 situation. It would be a load of fun to keep that theme secret, but it just wouldn’t be practical. Plus, seeing your guests all dressed up will be a lot more fun. Imagine how amazing that’ll look in your wedding photos! Sometimes, you just have to compromise on secrecy. There are plenty of other ways to keep guests guessing when the time comes.