The Secrets of Home Staging Your Bedroom

When selling a home, first impressions count. The first 7-10 seconds is when a buyer forms an opinion and a great way to form these all necessary good first impressions is by home staging.

Home staging is about illusions and creating the perfect moods in your house. Staging makes your house look bigger, brighter, cleaner, warmer, and best of all, it makes home buyers want to buy it. Instantly! Although not an entirely new concept, it’s gradually picking up favour as sellers see the results. When you consider that houses are not only sold faster when you use home staging, they’re also on average sold for at 17% higher price than a home that is not staged, it’s definitely something you want to know about.

As online property portals are now providing a platform to showcase your house, you may not, as a seller, even have the chance for someone to physically view your property. The images used on these sites can make or break a sale, so they must make the property look perfect.

One of the most important rooms in the house, as we spend a third of our lives in bed, and a room that buyers need to fall in love with, is the bedroom.  Mattress Online have created a guide on how to home stage a bedroom to ensure it looks like the bedroom of a buyer’s dream.

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The Secrets of Home-Staging Your Bedroom Infographic by Mattress Online.

Top 10 Guidelines for Antique Furniture Shopping

Antique furniture makes for a beautiful, unique touch to any home, and is a worthwhile investment to make. However, the process of shopping for antiques, whether it’s at markets, online or in stores, can be intimidating and overwhelming. How are you supposed to know if you’re being ripped off, and how do you begin to choose furniture? Read through this handy guide to make shopping for antiques a little less daunting, and a lot more rewarding in terms of creating your dream home.

Top 10 Guidelines for Antique Furniture Shopping

1. ) Do your Research: Explore what shops are in your area, from specialized antique furniture stores to vintage markets or even second-hand stores that might house some hidden gems. Auctions, estate sales and online listing websites like eBay and Gumtree can also have some truly one-of-a-kind pieces available.

Visit the physical locations several times to get the inside scoop from the sellers, or even discounts when they want to clear out a particular item in a hurry.

2.) Check the Condition: The furniture you choose needs to have good bones, meaning it should have a sturdy frame and that drawers and doors should open easily. Bear in mind that upholstered furniture like sofas are likely to be in a greater state of disrepair than a chest of drawers or cabinet.

3.) Go Beyond the Brands: Certain furniture makers may be particularly known for their craft during a particular era, but this often comes with a great price tag. Keep an open mind and be willing to go for an unknown brand which might be less expensive but of the same style, quality and era.

4.) Don’t Assume Quality: Just because a piece of furniture is old does not mean it was crafted well. Inferior brands have always existed, meaning they can still be circulating around the market as antique pieces. Look out for low quality materials and workmanship and research some brands so you have an idea of what to look for on the market.

5.) Don’t Expect Perfection: Used furniture will always have some flaws and imperfections. Scratches, dents and discoloration are all things you need to be willing to accept when choosing the antique furniture. Remember, you can always get an item professionally refinished if you would like to restore it to its original condition.

6.) Use Your Bargaining Power: Bargaining is always an option when it comes to antique furniture. Get comfortable with haggling, and look out for anything that allows you to bring down the price further. Minor flaws, like those mentioned earlier, can be used to bargain for a lower price. However, when haggling over slightly damaged pieces, make sure that the cost of repairs don’t exceed the amount you save.

7.) Measure Up: Your antique furniture pieces should serve a purpose. Sure, they can be ornamental, but they need to work well within your space, otherwise they’ll just be relegated to the back of your store room. Take measurements with you so you know exactly where you’ll put the furniture in your home. Don’t go based off eyeballing the furniture, as items will always look bigger or smaller than they actually are when crowded together with other items in a store.

8.) Consider Repurposing: Always keep your eyes peeled for opportunities to repurpose an item. For example, if you’re looking for a nightstand, don’t just focus singularly on nightstands. You could easily turn a small table or chair into a nightstand, or us an old suitcase as a side table or coffee table. Repurposing furniture in an unexpected way gives your home a quirky and distinctive touch, and can also save you money if you’re clever with how you substitute items.

9.) Antique Furniture: When it comes to retail stores, you can buy all your furniture pieces from the same range, ensuring they all complement each other. This, of course, isn’t possible with antique furniture, as pieces are often not in a collection together, or sets are far too expensive to buy together. Your space might also become overwhelming if it comprises entirely of antique furniture.

antique sofa

The way to get around this is to go for individual pieces that work well together and fit into your existing space. This takes creativity and thought, but will result in a truly one-of-a-kind home.

10.) Alternative Replicas: Of course, you may struggle to find antique pieces that are of a suitable quality and look, at reasonable prices, in your area. If you are sick of scouring through online listings and spending your Sunday mornings at markets, consider quality replica furniture instead.

These are made to precisely replicate the look of antique furniture, but without any of the wear and tear that antiques actually suffer.

Transitional Design: What Is It and How to Pull It Off

Living Room Interior Decorating Plan

For some interior designers, it’s easy to choose a design style. They’re staunchly French country, bohemian or beachy. For them, it’s easy to put together a cohesive room because their style is, well, cohesive.

And then, there’s you: you don’t quite know what your design style is because you like a little bit of modern and a little bit of old school. With such a diverse range of tastes, you have a hard time pinning down what you want a room to look like because there are so many different looks you like and want to incorporate.

Rather than throw your hands in the air and give up or, worse yet, settle on a single style just to make your life easier, keep reading: you might just have a transitional design sense, and you’re not alone in your love of a mix of styles.

What is Transitional Design?

Transitional design meets in the middle of contemporary and traditional tastes, creating a look that still feels timeless. In fact, it ends up looking like a fresh take on the traditional design schemes you might find in, say, your parents’ house.

You might see traditionally curved furniture made from a modern, shiny material — think: a traditional chest of drawers covered in pieces of mirror. But transitional design doesn’t start and end with the furniture you place in your room. Often, transitional design spaces incorporate traditional furniture choices and some accents, like crown molding, with more neutral, modern color palettes. Another key design feature are the accessories in the room — or lack thereof. Transitional design aficionados appreciate clean, clutter-free spaces with just the perfect amount of ornamentation.

Millenials have made this design style as big of a deal as it is today. The youngest generation of homeowners still like having the traditional touches of home, but want to put their own stamp on it by blending natural materials, modern updates and all the tech you could want to make your home run smoothly.

Transitional Design: What Is It and How to Pull It Off

How Can I Pull It Off?

It may sound hard to come up with your own version of a transitional space, but the great thing about this hot design style is that it’s easy to replicate and customize. There are virtually endless ways to give your home this blended style.

Start off with the color of your space. Most transitional rooms blossom from a neutral palette in order to maintain modernity. It just so happens that many simple, neutral shades create a more calming, serene vibe, too.

Once you’ve chosen your color, look the rest of the room’s existing elements and work from there. If the space has a traditional fireplace with wooden mantel and overhead crown molding, for example, you’ll need to balance the scale with some modern, clean lines. A rectangular sofa without arms would do the trick, as would a piece of contemporary art hung over the fireplace.

Where you can get a bit more experimental is with the fabrics and textures you bring into your space once you’ve painted your neutral palette. You can add pops of color with fabric, or create interest with textures: contrasting a soft, sleek suede sofa with worn leather armchairs, for example, would be a great mix of new and old.

You can even incorporate this blend of old next to new in the kitchen, where a quick weekend project can update your cabinets. One myth of cabinet hardware in design is that you can’t update a traditional built-in simply by replacing its hardware with a more contemporary knob or pull. Thanks to the rise of transitional design, this is simply not true. Try the same treatment in your bathrooms to give those spaces a modern upgrade as well.

It’s important to remember as you accessorize to always keep it simple. One stunning accessory does the trick, as opposed to a bunch of tiny accessories filling a bookshelf or covering your coffee table. Place an extra-tall orchid at the center of your wooden dining table, for example, to draw attention to the traditional piece of furniture while still keeping it looking sleek and clean with a single accessory.

So… That’s It?

It’s true: your transitional design requires only a balance of what’s old and what’s new. You can easily find that middle ground on your own, updating traditional curves and ornamentation with clean, modern finishes and fixtures. And, by choosing this design style you guarantee your house will be fresh now and classic for longer.

However, if you’re struggling to find your design footing, don’t worry: you can find plenty of inspiration on sites like Pinterest, where more and more home designers are showing off their blended design schemes. You can also enlist the help of a design professional, who will bring your vision to life. No matter what, you’ll come out with a finished product that hits all the right notes.  

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Kacey MyaKacey is a lifestyle blogger for The Drifter Collective, an eclectic lifestyle blog that expresses various forms of style through the influence of culture and the world around us. Kacey graduated with a degree in Communications while working for a lifestyle magazine. She has been able to fully embrace herself with the knowledge of nature, the power of exploring other locations and cultures, all while portraying her love for the world around her through her visually pleasing, culturally embracing and inspiring posts.

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Top 5 Home Décor Trends to Follow in 2017

Every year comes with new trends, no matter what it’s about, clothing or home décor. Home décor is one thing that is very important because it tells a lot about our personal choice and sense of style. Here we have the best home décor trends for 2017:

technology

Technology, technology, technology

In this modern world, the lives of people revolve around their phones, and now our homes will be too. You can now use the technology to make your home appear more and more smarter. You can control so many items that you use in everyday life with the help of technology. From the televisions to the air conditioners, you can manage everything with a single remote or even with your phone. In the coming years and months, more creative ways will be introduced. It is all going to be extremely convenient for all of us and will be quite suitable for the lives we all are living.

wood

Wood

Wood is another popular thing that is being used these days by everyone for the home décor. Wood flooring looks more than amazing and it instantly makes a space look better and expensive. Other than the floor, wood can be used for the ceilings, it will make your room look great in a matter of seconds and last but not the least, wood is great for the wall décor. This trend is here for years now and will stay forever.

Wallpapers

Wallpapers

Wallpapers are trending way too much this year. They are kind of a material that is used to cover and decorate walls in the house; you can choose the designs (seismic, high-tech, custom wallpaper printing) and contrast them with the rest of the things in the room for a more suitable look. You don’t have to paint the wall if you are going to use the wallpaper and the best part is that wallpapers will cost you literally nothing as compared to the wall paints. Wallpapers are available in lots of colors and designs; markets are full of them. You can choose the one that goes with the theme of your house, if you have bright colored furniture, select the wallpaper in lighter shades and if the furniture is light in color, for example, white or light gray, go for the wallpaper in darker shades like navy blue or maroon.

Lighting

Lighting

Lighting is important. It is that one thing which gives a final touch to the whole space. If the lighting is good, your space will automatically look great, and in the case lighting is bad; your space can never look good no matter how much you spend on it. You can get a nice chandelier for your house to hang in the living room or dining area. It will add a look of luxury to your space.

The colorful curtains and rugs

The colorful curtains and rugs

Curtains and rugs are an absolute necessity when we talk about the home décor. They accommodate the room pretty well and help complete the overall look of a house. Add colorful curtains and rugs to your space and make it look all bright and beautiful. There is a great variety of both available in the markets these days, choose the one you think is better.

Other than all these things, don’t forget to keep the best comforter in your living room, after all your living room should be comfortable for those afternoon naps. All these simple things are on trend and great for the home décor. Stay safe!

About the Author:

Julie AustinThis post is written by Julie Austin. She loves traveling, home decorating and hanging out with her friends. She regularly blogs at http://mybedcomforter.com/

5 Kinds of Rugs for Busy Households

Today, rugs come in many different materials, colors, patterns and textures and finding the perfect one for your home can be exhausting. The task can be even harder if you’re looking for a rug that can withstand your active kids and a lot of traffic in general. It’s not easy to find a durable and easy-to-clean rug that will go well with your living room décor or look good in the kids’ bedroom. If you really don’t know where to start with your search, here’s a little guide that can help you choose a perfect rug for your busy household. Take a look.

5 Kinds of Rugs for Busy Households

Jute, sisal or seagrass

These natural material rugs are a great choice for every family and busy home. Because they are made of natural fibers, they can be a little costly, but if durability is your main criterion, this is the rug for you. They can withstand any kind of liquid spills and even brushing the stains out with a bristle brush. Before, they used to be available only in the shades of beige, but today you can get them in many patterns and colors, such as blue and gray. Truth be told, these rugs are not completely appropriate for rooms like nurseries or children’s bedrooms because they can be a little rough on gentle feet, but they are just perfect for a den or a sunroom.

Carpet tiles

These types of rugs are very practical because you can easily replace tiles that are worn-out or damaged, which makes them perfect for busy households. You can find tiles in different sizes and prices depending on the material. They best thing about the carpet tiles is that you can combine them the way you wish and create intricate designs. This can be very useful if you want to mask dirt or create some unique patterns.

5 Kinds of Rugs for Busy Households

Wool

Even though they can be costly, wool rugs are probably the best choice for any family. They are not only durable and soft to the touch, but are also available in many colors and patterns. If you’re ready to invest in a high-quality wool rug, you can be sure it will last you for more than 10 years (unlike synthetic rugs that will look their best only for two or three years after the purchase). Wool is easily cleaned and very moisture-resistant, making it the best choice for busy areas. Wool is also very soft and if you want to invest in gentle and durable kids floor rugs, wool is the way to go.

Cotton

Cotton rugs such as flat-weaves can easily be found at an affordable price. Also, they are relatively easy to clean. Most are machine washable or you can scrub the stains with some soap and a brush. Their biggest advantage is that they are soft and gentle, which makes them a great choice for nurseries and kids’ bedrooms. They are also perfect if you want to add a splash of color to your space, since they come in vibrant tones and many interesting designs.

5 Kinds of Rugs for Busy Households

Indoor-outdoor rugs

This type of rugs is great if you want to decorate your sunroom or a patio. They can also be a good option for rooms that are very busy and are exposed to a lot of wear and tear. They are usually made of durable synthetic materials like nylon, polypropylene or polyester, so if you don’t mind it, they will be a perfect match for your home. They are also easy to clean, come in many vibrant colors and patterns. Besides, they are more than affordable.

Now that you are familiar with different rug types and materials, you can choose the best one for your busy household and enjoy it for many years to come.

Importance of Trundle Beds for Your Little Kids at Home

When you have new additions in the home, your infants, then there are certain arrangements to be made not just in daily habits but also in the things used at home.

  • Coming to the changes in the bedroom, the best addition or a change for a family can be the inclusion of a trundle bed. It is true that not all homes are spacious, and this can be a troublesome situation. Well, there is no need to worry as you can get a single trundle bed for your child.
  • Having a trundle bed can help in organizing things in the little space. In addition to this, your infant’s or child’s stuff can be easily stored in the bed. Also, the kids can comfortably play around and sleep on the bed.
  • These beds are even stylish and can be rolled inside when there is no use of it. Besides the practicality and look, a family can gain many benefits with the trundle beds.

Importance of Trundle Beds for Your Little Kids at Home

Benefits of a trundle bed you should know

Let us check out some of the advantages that a single trundle bed can offer, go through the following.

  1. Additional space: This is the most common benefit of trundles, you can open them during nights or when the child is sleeping and can keep it inside when it is not required. It is actually a smart idea to include such a bed in the family and save good amount of space. A trundle bed is especially helpful for small apartments, where you need to go for maximum utilization of space. In addition, it is a unique furniture which can impress the guests coming to your home.
  2. Bonding between kids: If you have twins or two children, then having a trundle bed can make their bonding stronger. How? Well, they can play together, sleep together and spend quality time with each other. The daily communication will enhance their love, which can be felt for many more years to come.
  3. Storage section: Instead of getting extra furniture for storing the kids’ stuff, you can do it in a trundle. It can be a best place to store books, toys, games and other things. There are drawers in the trundle, which makes a great convenience for families with small homes. Moreover, you can also make additional drawers in case you want to customize the design of the trundle bed. Just suggest the required designs and layout to the carpenter, and you can use the bed for more space.
  4. Price: Well, it can be a surprise for you to read that these trundle beds are reasonably priced. You need not pay for two beds, instead get just one trundle bed and make your expense half. There are different varieties of such trundle beds available in the market; you can choose any based on your requirements and of course your budget.
  5. Sharing: Kids should be taught all good things right from their young age. With trundle beds they can eventually learn the act of sharing and caring each other. There will be nothing like yours or mine, everything will be together.

If you think that the benefits above mentioned are right, then you should not wait for long and purchase the right kind of trundle bed for your kids right away.

You can find many options in the market under the umbrella of a trundle bed. Some of the popular ones include trundle with drawers, mega trundle, classic trundle, and twin trundle. So, think about all the considerations of your kids and home, and get the perfect furniture for your little bundles of joy. Have a great time shopping for kids.

 

An Easy Living Room Interior Decorating Plan

The Living Room of Today

An Easy Living Room Interior Decorating Plan

The living room is a staple in a house. This is where guests are welcomed and served with refreshments. This area is also the first place that guests see, so its appearance could speak of the values and the kind of lifestyle the family living in it holds.

For example, some immigrants design their living rooms with relics and furniture that reflect their culture and heritage, most especially the art style that are dominant in their own country. Another displays different souvenirs they bought from other countries, showing their love for traveling.

You see, the living room builds an impression, one that either makes or breaks the perception of the owner. Thus, it is important that the area looks presentable and inviting so as to leave a good impression.

Living Room Interior Decorating Plan

In planning the interior design of a living room, you must consider these factors: the size of the space, the pieces of furniture to place, and the kind of activities you plan to hold there.

Step 1: Have a general look at the space you have

Take a look at the space provided. Where do you plan to put what? Should the sofa be put against the wall? Are you going to install some curtains in the living room? Do you want a center table or would you like this area open so you can sit on the floor? These questions are essential to know what specific furniture pieces and decorations you want to put in said area.

If possible, measure the size of your living room space. That way, you can scale your living room on a paper and draw the picture of your dream living room.

An Easy Living Room Interior Decorating Plan

Step 2: Start with the light

The lighting in this specific area of the house has to be bright enough to illuminate every corner of the room. It will also help in setting up the mood of happiness and warmth, both of which speaks a welcoming vibe to visitors. Thus, choosing the right light is as important as choosing the right couch and center table. Choices range from the minimalist ceiling light, that look simple yet sophisticated, to extravagant chandeliers such as Cassio Light that resembles a royal crown turned upside down and attached to the ceiling.

The lights can also help create an illusion of space. To make the room look bigger, use bright lights. In contrast, adopting a dimmer shade of lighting will make the room smaller.

Step 3: Complement lighting with a Wallpaper

The color of the walls, along with the light, affects a human’s perception of space. By using light colors on both the lighting and wallpaper, the living room would look more open and airy, which makes it more inviting and welcoming for guests.

On the other hand, using darker hues may create an illusion of smaller space. BUT, it can enhance the mood of intimacy and elegance, especially if the room would only be used at night.

The general rule of thumb in decorating any room is this: use patterns in only one key piece. In this case, if you choose patterned wallpaper, the rest of the pieces, like the sofa, must be in solid colors, and vice versa. This way, the beauty (or distraction) of patterns would stay in one place.

Step 4: Choose the furniture

Living Room Interior Decorating Plan

Here comes the toughest part: choosing furniture. What you decide on this part of the interior decorating plan can make or break the final look of your living room. There are two key furniture pieces that makes a living room a legitimate one.

Sofa

The sofa is practically the star of the living room. This is where house guests gather and converse with the other members of the household. And because the first thing a host does is make his or her guests rest on the couch, the chosen sofa must look inviting and comfortable to sit on.

A sofa set is not complete without cushions or throw pillows, which can add a pop of color and comfort to an otherwise flat and boring sofa. Cushions can complement the sofa and make sitting more comfortable.

Center Table

The center table is another must-have when designing a living room. You may prefer a decorative type which looks sleek and minimalistic. Or you can choose a functional one that has a large storage space underneath its glass top to hold books, magazines, or anything imaginable. A general rule of thumb when choosing a center table is that it must be large enough to occupy the gap made by the sofa set when arranged in a C-shape.

Some people may opt to make their center tables bare, specifically those who prefer doing their work in the living room or add a centerpiece at the top. The key in choosing the right centerpiece for every table is to keep it simple, minimal, and one that has to occupy a limited amount of space. After all, the center table is designed to specifically hold refreshments and other stuff that houseguests may need or have.

Remember the measurements you took earlier? This is the part where they can become handy. In choosing the furniture, you must be sure that the pieces can actually fit in the limited space.

Step 5: Add some accessories

Although this is optional, accessories, as mentioned before, can add emphasis to the theme of your living room. Oftentimes, accessories are the ones that are used to ramp up the overall vibe. For example, if you want to change themes, changing at least one or two accessories, like adding artificial flowers or a wall painting can do the trick.

Another choice would be a candle stand or holder, which can serve as additional light or another piece that can improve the ambiance of the room. Couples who want to cherish their late-night dates can use this to make the living room more romantic and set the mood for intimate moments.

Author’s Bio

Akshay works as an Interior Designer with Lalco Interiors and he is in love with his job. Thinking up interesting home décor ideas and helping clients implement them is what makes him tick. You can catch up with Akshay and his team and indulge in one of their beautiful home décor pieces for your home at Lalco Interiors showroom in Mumbai.

Freshen Up Your Home’s Look with These 6 Decorating Tips

Freshen Up Your Home's Look with These 6 Decorating Tips

No matter how well we take care of our home, from time to time we notice that it doesn’t look as nice and fresh as it did before. Going through a thorough renovation twice or even once a year may be the most effective way to keep your home in great condition, but it’s rather complicated and expensive to pull through. This is why there are simple but useful decorating tips which will allow you to freshen up your home’s look and not break the bank at the same time.

Switch out light fixtures

Do you know how to check if your light fixtures are right for your room? It’s simple – you don’t notice them. Light should vary from room to room, and the good light you need in your kitchen and bathroom would simply be too bright for your living room and bedroom. Even if you have perfect lighting, when was the last time you changes light fixtures? They should be functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t be elegant, extravagant, vintage, or modern at the same time. You can change your own light fixtures and pick something more or less prominent. Sometimes, something as simple as a new lamp or even merely a lamp shade will be enough to make the entire room look different.

Rearrange your furniture

The simplest way to give your home ‘new’ look without necessarily going off and buying new things, you can rearrange the furniture. This goes for any room in the house – dining room, living room, and bedroom. Move the shelf from one wall to another, place a lamp in another corner, turn the couch so that it faces the window, and place the coffee table between the armchairs.  You can also get some custom made curtains from experts in Perth, to transform the room’s look with style. Even the simplest things will result in different atmosphere, and you will feel like you’ve stepped into another home.

Get a new rug

Carpets and rugs anchor the room, and it’s important you choose them wisely. Having your old rugs and carpets cleaned is a lot of work, and even when you take care of them, they get shabby, especially if they’re in a place that has a lot of foot traffic such as hallway or a living room. Getting a new rug in to any room is an easy and effective way to bring in more texture and colour. Make sure you pick the right size – you want to keep your feet on the rug when you get off the bed, and in your living room it’s not necessary for the rug to cover the entire floor, but it should be big enough so that the front legs of the furniture are on it.

Get nature in

Get nature in

You would be surprised to discover how much better your home would look if you just bring in a couple of fresh plants and place them in a corner or on a coffee table in your living room. Plastic plants may do the trick too, but they are never going to look as good as ‘the real thing’. If you’re worried about not being able to take care of a lot of plants, start by planting a couple of succulents and cacti in a bigger flower pot and trying to take care of them. These plants are very resilient and they’ll look great on your shelves.

Paint the place

Painting the walls a new colour is a great way to freshen up your home. Choosing lighter colours can also result in making the space appear more spacious than it already is. On the other hand, you can also try painting a single wall with bold colour that differs from the rest of the house completely. If you were hoping to paint the entire house, you should contact exterior and roof painting experts. This way the job will be done quickly and there will be less mess to clean up afterwards.

Toss pillows

Unlike updating your walls and floors, updating your toss pillows doesn’t have to be neither complicated nor expensive, and what is best – you can do it yourself in a single afternoon. Just go ahead and buy some crazy materials, the more colourful the better, and make new pillowcases. You can even use something unexpected like your old tees and bed covers to get great new pillowcases. Geometric and floral prints, even sequins, and fax fur are all great choices for accent toss pillows in your living room.

Spring is the perfect time for redecorating because we are easily inspired by nature waking up and the warmth of the sun. Your wardrobe is changing, so why not your home too? Look for inspiration everywhere, because it is usually found in the unlikeliest of places. Make bright colours, fresh plants, and light, flowy fabrics essential parts of your interior décor and transform your home into a cheery, bright space.

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Author bio: Steven Clarke is a business consultant and a DIY enthusiast. In his spare time, he likes to write about his ideas and share them with the world. Steven is a regular contributor to several websites.

Stylish Alternatives to Traditional Bedside Tables

A bedside table is a very important furniture piece in any bedroom, but unlike most of the other items, it doesn’t have to be bought in the bedroom department of a furniture store. In fact, it can look even better if you ditch the purpose-built designs and inject some creativity into choosing the right nightstand for you. Think about it, what defines a good nightstand? Storage space? Surface area? Height? Stability? All these features can be found in many other items, from coffee tables to wine crates, so don’t wait a second longer to look at our suggestions for stylish alternatives to traditional bedside tables.

Floating Shelf

Floating Shelf

If the storage capacity is not very important for you, and you just need a convenient table with enough surface area to leave a book, glass of water and a vase, then you can save a lot of space by installing a stylish and minimalistic floating shelf. You can also install two shelves one above the other for some extra storing space.

Suitcase/s

On the other hand, you might be up for something more eye-catching. In that case we suggest finding an old suitcase (on your attic or a flea market), installing wooden or hairpin legs on it, and you will get a perfectly romantic and vintage nightstand with hidden storage. You can also ditch the legs and stack more suitcases of different sizes.

Retro Bar Cart

A traditional bar cart repurposed into a nightstand will add an incredible retro vibe to your room and painting it in metallic tones will make it even more elegant. You can even go in the opposite direction and paint the cart with matte black color to support industrial style.

Wooden Crate

Do you have a stack of old wine, milk or fruit crates? Don’t let them go to waste. You can use them to create a no-fuss bedside table. Just take one and place it vertically by your bed. You can paint it with bright colors or leave it as it is. As with the suitcases, you can also stack the crates on top of each other.

Stylish Alternatives to Traditional Bedside Tables

Contemporary Bedside Table

Unlike traditional bedside tables, contemporary bedside tables like this can reinvigorate your bedroom and add a futuristic edge to the design. From the nesting-style table and marble surface area to patterned bases and ombre metallic effect, contemporary nightstands make a huge design statement.

Antique Bedside Table

Take another trip to the flea market or an antique store and find a cast-off, forgotten bedside table that just needs a bit of your love. You can work with what you have and enhance its worn-out look, or you can get a bucket of bright paint (e.g. coral, teal, etc.) and breath new life into it. Either way you will get a bedside table that speaks of your style and uniqueness.

Cinder Blocks

You probably never thought that you’ll be looking for furniture in construction sites, but stay with us for a bit here. It takes nothing more than three cinder blocks to aid your décor efforts. All you need to do is properly clean them, place two of them in vertical position next to each other, and then place the third one horizontally on top of them. You will end up with enough functional storage space, a surface area appropriate for industrial-themed retro lamps and some fresh flowers, and a truly surprising style statement.

So, what do you say? Are you willing to skip furniture stores and find your bedside table on a road less traveled? Good for you! Once you see how your new stylish furniture piece looks like by your bed, you will know that you’ve made the right decision.

Going Modern: 4 Pointers to Help Turn Your Home into a Contemporary Setting

Going Modern 4 Pointers to Help Turn Your Home into a Contemporary Setting

The contemporary style is recognizable by its uncluttered and organized appearance. It focuses on comfort, simplicity and a visually soothing atmosphere. An open concept design is typical of a contemporary style home. Spaces can be unified through the use of rugs and by strategic furniture arrangements. There are specific design elements you can rely on to give your home a contemporary appearance.

Contemporary Color Choices

In a contemporary home, the colors used are usually similar in tone. Beige, cream, taupe, brown and possibly white are the most popular choices for a contemporary décor. Don’t worry, though, your décor will not be too plain as you’ll definitely want to add in some accent colors as well. An accent color should be vibrant and stand out. Some good colors are red, blue and green as well as their many different shades and tones. Accent colors can easily be shown off through pillows, rugs, wall art and many other such decorative items.

Architectural Design Elements

A stairway can be an impressive architectural feature in a home. You can get inspiration for stairway designs from specialty companies, such as Tarosa Stairs, and their websites that feature the different types of staircases.  The balustrades are a key design element that can make a stairway incredibly impressive. Stainless steel and glass are popular features in a contemporary stairway design.

Contemporary Furniture

If you’re wanting to create a contemporary look in your home, you can easily achieve your goal by selecting furniture that has contemporary characteristics. Generally, that would involve selecting furniture that has curves rather than defined lines. The furniture you select should be simplistic and void of decorative embellishments. Natural fabric is essential in a contemporary décor. Silk, linen, jute wool and cotton are good choices. Keep this in mind when choosing upholstery fabric and accessories such as pillows and rugs.

Creating a Unified Décor

To achieve cohesiveness in your home décor, the design elements in the kitchen and bathroom should comply with the design elements in your living room and bedrooms. Accent tables and other pieces of furniture can feature chrome or glass details. Those same elements can be used in the kitchen and bath. Glass or frosted glass cabinet fronts are appropriate in a contemporary home. Stainless steel and chrome are also popular material choices for a contemporary home. These can be incorporated in individual rooms in the form of lamps, cabinet hardware and accent furniture designs

It’s not too hard to incorporate contemporary style in your home. Hopefully, the above advice will help you to be able to change up the style in your home using this elegant style.

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