Update Your Space With the Latest Trends in Home Decor

Are you getting tired of the look of your current dining room furniture, bedroom furniture, or living room furniture? Then get yourself updated with the newest home decor trends in town. While the classic looks still look as great as they did in years past, you can give your room a more modern look with some of today’s hottest new home decor trends.

For the one who likes it simple, go for new-traditional.

Are you the sort of person who likes to keep it clean and straightforward? You can still have a classic and traditional room, but you can update it through your furniture. One of the hottest trends in home décor today is the modern twist to your classic furniture pieces. Imagine a traditional living room or dining room. These would usually include really formal furniture pieces that indicate an air of elegance. “New traditional” is all about maintaining the usual furniture pieces, but going for the ones that exude more comfort and homeyness than stiff formality. For your dining room, this also applies to your dining sets – you can replace your fragile china with colorful, more practical pieces that still complement your overall theme.

For the one who likes to stand out, don’t be afraid to jazz it up.

If you truly want to make a statement out of your home and its rooms, take a leap of faith to jazz up your rooms. You can do this by changing the colors of different walls, or by adding unique pieces to each of your rooms as the centerpiece. You can even be bolder by emulating different themes in each of your rooms. You can be as creative and as versatile as you like. Choose one statement centerpiece for each room.

For the one who has quirky tastes, go all-out and funky.

There are people who have very specific tastes in home décor, and this should not hinder them from letting this show in their choices of furniture. Whether this means going for organic furniture or adding touches of unique works of art here and there, you can make quirkiness be as tasteful or as eccentric as you like. Just make sure that you don’t sacrifice comfort as there is no use for furniture pieces that are just looked at and never used.

There are many different magazines and websites that you can peruse for home décor tips. But remember that at the end of the day, your choice of furniture pieces is quite central to the whole look. If your furniture pieces are to be your centerpieces, remember that they have to set the overall theme and atmosphere of the room you are decorating. If they are supporting a centerpiece, make sure that they complement it and never overwhelm or overpower.

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Easy Home Decor Changes

A beautiful home is a reflection of people who live in it… The decor of your home speaks volume about your aesthetic sense. Whether it is plain & simple, eclectic, vintage, traditional or modern, the decor of your house is the first feel that one gets as they enter your home.

A home decor can be based on a theme or a style you love. The objects that adorn your walls or the furniture that defines the space of your rooms, follows the style or theme that you select. Home decor is therefore a decision that involves planning not just the color of your walls but also some unique finds that will exhibit your unique taste.

No matter how much you love your decor, but there is always a scope for some changes that bring in freshness around the existing theme. You could consider making a few changes here and there, all without much expenditure (or none at all!) and give a new look to your rooms.

There are many things that you can work around with, some of which are listed…

1) Change Covers:

Bed, Pillows, Cushions & dining table… there is a lot of newness that you can create by changing dull or boring covers around your home. Bring out those exotic bed covers you’ve neatly stacked for a special occasion or just get creative with your plain cushion covers and creative appliques / fabric colors / lace / embroidery. Create a theme for each room and then pick covers that suit. Sometimes, creating a festive ambience at home is a great idea… it brightens up the ambience and your mood too!

2) Rearrange display on walls:

Bring down art or handicraft that’s been on walls for ages and replace them with new ones (just exchange between rooms or get the ones that have been lying unused in store / garage!). Wall decals are the newest and very popular way of creating grand effects on walls, often around the furniture. Kids room can be amazingly transformed with wall decals. And if you are a confident artist, just go freehand with colors and a brush… paint the house red! (not literally!)

3) Rearrange furniture:

Many a times a rearranging some furniture can completely change the look of a space. You could create a cozy place for two around your balcony by placing light furniture – a set of two chairs or two huge cushions and a coffee table!

4) Work on Shades:

Work upon curtains. A window with ample sunlight could be toned down with some light color shades, blinds or drapes. Get creative by making your own drapes with some exotic fabric or just some melange for an eclectic styled room.

5) Flower Arrangement:

Whether it is natural or artificial, flowers brighten up any space. Use tall vases to accentuate the flower arrangement. Get creative by touching up flowers with golden shimmer or just a spray of natural essence water to give a fresh look. Dry flower arrangement looks very elegant and is quite easy to create with just some dry branches/flowers/weeds or simply pine cones!

6) Create Natural Ambience:

Placing plants that can be kept in indoors or semi-shade is a great way to create a natural ambience within your home. Indoor plants lend a wonderful natural color to the interior and at the same time carry out the divine task of purifying your home off the toxins, act as natural humidifiers and infuses fresh oxygen. Some of them are Ferns, Golden Pothos (money plant!), Areca Palm, Chinese Evergreen etc. However, research well before your buy them (check if they are safe with kids or pets around the house).

7) Create Art:

There are a number of ways to create an artistic piece. Canvas, colors, fabrics, modgepod, embellishments are just a few things you could gather from a stationery shop and create your very own masterpiece!

8) Use stuff around the house (books, soft toys, photo frames)

If nothing works, books and photo frames can always work wonders. Create an intellectual corner in your living room by arranging books in an artistic manner. There is certainly no dearth of ideas to arrange books (shelf, rack, stack, bookends etc). Find some vintage photos of your parents, grandparents and make a unique framed Sepia gallery or just collect colorful pics of your kids (at beaches, parks, pool) and create an artistic display. Soft toys too (albeit a few of them) can bring about cuteness to a space. A sweet little brown teddy on a white couch does look divine… Isn’t it?

9) Create a ‘Flooring’ Look!:

While you may ignore flooring of your house, it can certainly perk up the look with minimal effort. No hammering, no sticking, no hanging. Plain and simple ‘Throw’. Get some inexpensive rugs, mats, throws to infuse a brand new style in your room. Carpets are high maintenance but if you do own one or a few, put them to good use – spread it where it suits best.

10) Brighten up with Lights (Candles, Lamps):

Lights are the magic makers of home decor. A single lamp shade can change the ambience completely, no matter how huge or small your house is. Besides that, it reduces the strain on your eyes. Its also a great way to accentuate masterpiece art on walls. Candles work well in the dining area (be careful with kids around). A reading corner can be made cozy with a soft shade of lamp.

Home Decorating Trends and Colors for the Spring Season and Beyond

Spring is a beautiful time of year and a time for renewal. Let in the fresh air with this change of the season and the newest home decorating trends and colors.

The fashion industry has certainly been an inspiration and influence over the color and trends of home furnishings, but any color is fashionable with the personal self expression and confidence to make it work.

Besides, color boosts your mood and can create favorable first impressions!

Current home decorating trends this year of 2008 are reusable luxury with recyclable items giving new uses for vintage articles. The mixing of classic traditional styling with the newer contemporary and even the inclusion of some Lucite furniture pieces.

Incorporating these home decorating trends into your living spaces adds the uniqueness of your personal stamp to your decor.

Anything that is hand made, environment friendly and authentic, representing the earth using natural organic materials.

Start expecting to see less of the over scaled furniture which has been with us for a while to be replaced with a more streamlined silhouette and a “normal” scale.

What will be over scale? The fabrics will have large repeats on the upholstery and a dominance of graphic prints plus the use of natural materials like linen. Also, expect to see more outdoor fabric choices introduced.

Wallpaper is making a comeback and the use of metallic in paint color for the walls.

Look for accents and the use of silver finishes, mercury glass, mirrors, pottery and crystal.

A big color this year is pink and not just for little girls! Use pink in the darker raspberry tones and the pinky reds moving toward the coral shades.

Tone the raspberry with a rich neutral like chocolate brown, looks awesome.

Actually anything in the chocolate brown and espresso family but especially with a red-violet undertone, and in addition to the natural browns, earthy colors include the blues and greens.

Neutral grey in the quiet and clean tones of chalk, slate, charcoal and gray flannel will be evident. Grey is a great neutral back drop to the brighter accent color combinations used this year ( pair it with orange ) and is a softer approach to the black and white that is still quite strong.

Very dramatic and sophisticated, black and white rooms are quite stylish when one of the two colors dominates, and the black and white color palette successfully uses the bold patterns that are popular. An accent with red or pink will give it some punch or keep it subtle with taupe.

With an increasing awareness of important environmental causes, home decorating trends reflect eco-consciousness with the color green becoming the “new” refreshing neutral. Green is a natural and earthy color that definitely says spring, bringing the outdoors inside.

The peaceful green of ferns, palms, pine and sage blends well with any other color you choose, is very versatile and can be used in any part of the home with great success.

For femininity work it in with pinks, for a modern mix use it successfully with gray, or go earthy with chocolate brown.

Watch for many tones of water blues and sky blues with respect to home decorating trends that enhances the environmental movement. Metallic and denim blue and even lavender will all have a presence.