Home Decor for a Claustrophobic

The main contributing factor in that cramped feeling one gets in small spaces is clutter. Newspapers, magazines, or books lying haphazardly around the living room adds to that “closed in” feeling. Just the simple act of stacking the magazines or arranging them neatly on a table will add space to a room. The kitchen or dining room table is another culprit when it is stacked high with mail, keys or other things that one tends to drop there because its faster and easier than putting them away. The author had an aunt who lived in a very tiny house (so small that people called it a doll house) that was always neat and tidy and never made one feel cramped. Aunt Leta’s motto was “everything has a place and everything is in its place”. Above all, keep the floors clean and free of clutter.

Light colored or neutral walls and floors add a feeling of space to the environment. Leave windows uncovered and decorated with blinds that can be opened during the daylight hours and closed at night for privacy and/or consider curtains that frame the windows rather than cover them. Too many pictures on the walls can close a room in. Too much furniture can shrink your space and make it feel crowded. The furniture pieces should not only be small in number they should be light or neutral in color with maybe one or two colorful accent tables. Light gray furniture comes to mind accented with splashes of blue and orange pillows.

Lets move on into the dreaded kitchen, a place that seems to be especially susceptible to that closed in feeling. If one can afford it, a skylight is extremely helpful in providing light and airiness. White cabinets and light neutral counter tops with just a few often used items strategically placed can add a lot of space to the room.

Children’s rooms can be helped by offering convenient places to store unused toys and games. A desk and a bookcase in an older child’s room will provide space for storage of those items that often contribute to clutter such as books, CDs,
etc.

If you happen to be in the market for a new home look for one with high or vaulted ceilings. It’s uncanny how high ceilings can open up a small house. Large windows will open up the house and make it seem larger. Wood floors are less confining than wall to wall carpeting. Picture the wood floors with a few area rugs strategically placed.

So one doesn’t have to spend a lot of money to provide an atmosphere of openness. This entire article seems mostly devoted to the importance of good housekeeping, doesn’t it? Sorry about that! But it is important. So let’s get rid of the clutter, clear off that dining room table and place an inexpensive accent or conversation piece in the center. Then take a seat in your favorite chair look out over the room and maybe out the window and enjoy the space you’ve just created.

90’s Decor Ideas Thar Are a Complete No-No for the Modern Home

It is in such instances that history serves us lessons on what is permissible for us and what is not. Since the home is where we spend most of our time, it is important to ensure that is a safe haven by investing in great decor to enhance its beauty and make it comfortable for us to stay in.

However, much expertise must be employed to ensure that you get nothing but the best. To help you make better, informed choices than your folks, we will look at some familiar mainstream trends that you saw growing up in the 90’s that should never cross your mind in this day and age.

Plastic covers for the furniture

Covering furniture with plastic did not exactly express hospitality to guests. The purpose was to prevent dirt or food from coming into contact with expensive upholstery. However, it gave visitors the idea that you were a clean freak and that they were clumsy and not mannered enough. The vinyl material had a tendency to adhere to your skin, especially on hot days making it uncomfortable to sit on.

Bathroom Carpeting

Though quite famous in most homes back in the day, this had to be the grossest trend of all. How these rugs and carpets were cleaned is still baffling. The bathroom was full of moisture almost throughout, and as a result, these carpets were bound to have a build-up of molds and bacteria, making them extremely unhygienic and disease friendly.

Floral Patterns

Fabrics with floral patterns covered everything from tables to windows and more prominently chairs and sofas. What made it worse was the fact that it was considered normal to mix and match various patterns and colors in a single room, making it a floral eyesore.

Use of murals and wallpaper

Every home seemed wrapped in endless wallpaper. Different types were used in one room with the intention of creating contrast but instead became a recipe for confusion. When that was not enough, murals were introduced to create optical illusions sometimes without considering the use and overall decor of the room.

Conclusion

No offense, but the horrifying 90’s decor is gone for a reason and I strongly feel that the museum and history books are where they truly belong. With all the professionals right at the touch of a button, you just can’t afford to make a mistake in this day and age.

Home Decor Tips You Should Use For Easy Revamping

With every passing year, the interior designers bring in new decor trends, and 2016 is not any different. With advancements in every field, interior design has probably not been left behind. As we all know, changing your entire household decor after a year is a cumbersome process and one that is not always affordable for everyone. So how do you keep your interior decoration up to date without putting a hole in your bank account? But let’s get back to the topic at hand, and that is, what are the changes in the home decor trends.

The Kitchen

A kitchen’s look is made through its cabinets and cupboards. So following the trends, you should aim for contrasting hues and colours. Instead of opting for a single colour theme, go for two shades. Also, when it comes to the appliances, the look has changed from the typical white coloured, metallic look. Nowadays, you can go for a more shaded, steely appearance if you are trying to follow the trends. It adds a refined, yet more colourful look to the kitchen.

Also, if you’re thinking about renovating your entire kitchen, you might want to go with some extra drawers. Deep drawers are favourite nowadays, and they seem to be added everywhere. You just can’t seem to have too many of them.

The Living Room

It seems that people are gravitating towards the idea of actually using the living room for what they were named for, living! Avoiding the use of technology, living rooms are now to be used for family bonding and spending quality time with your loved ones, instead of just using your phones and gadgets in there with no family interaction ever happening.

The minimalist approach has gone out the window and so last year. You’re looking at entirely decorated living rooms; nothing left bare. Lots of furniture, lots of decoration items, art on the walls and you’ve got yourself a living room right out of the decor magazines you read daily.

Also, since you will be using your living room for more family activities than just sitting on couches, designers are using more durable, outdoor fabrics for indoor furniture, rather than sticking to the old structures.

The Washroom

Designers have started incorporating new ideas into washrooms as well. Separate toilet bidets are now becoming increasingly common. Another thing that has become very popular is large bathroom mirrors that stand out. Wallpapers in washrooms with bold patterns and colours give a very glamorous look. Big ornaments on the walls that stand out are entirely in.

Let’s hope that these pointers help you upgrade your household while still managing to stay on a strict budget.