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Whether you're on vacation or a busy work schedule, the bedroom should be somewhere calming and rejuvenating. Adopting some Feng Sui elements to your design will help create a perfect environment to help you relax at the end of the day and get ready for the start of a new one.
Here's some Feng Sui tips we recommend.
The good feng shui energy in your bedroom is destroyed when TV's and exercise equipment are present in your bedroom.
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Use soothing colors to achieve a good feng shui balance in your bedroom.
It's good to have different levels of lighting in your bedroom, for different uses. So, you could try modern wall sconces paired with modern lamps. It's also good to have a dimmer switch to adjust the energy accordingly.
Good lighting is very important, as light is our # 1 nutrient and one of the best sources of energy.
Candles are also a good feng shui bedroom lighting, but be sure to buy candles with no toxins.
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Windows are often a good quality air-purifier to keep the air fresh and full of oxygen. But be mindful of the quality of air in your bedroom. You cannot have good feng shui in your bedroom if the air you breathe in is stale and full of pollutants so you might want an air purifier if you live in urban areas.
Please note that plants in the bedroom are not good feng shui, unless your bedroom is fairly large and the plants are located far from the bed.
Have a wonderful weekend everyone!
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No matter how hard institutions try to update the look of their residence halls, there's something about dorm rooms and campus apartments that look...well...dormy. Luckily, with a few simple steps you can re-design your dorm room in short order:
Turn off that ugly fluorescent box that comes standard with the room and try using swag lamps instead. Look for plug-in chandelier and shade styles to get affordable style in a snap. (Safety tip: make sure to get help with electrical any work.)
Enchants Sheer Silver Crystal Rain Plug-in Swag Chandelier, Abstract Giclee Glow Brushed Steel Swag Unique Chandelier
Is a battered old table lamp included with the room? Perk it up with patterned lamp shades (or just stuff it in storage and start with a new one). Complement it with a throw rug and fun headboard. Who needs boring when bold will do much better?
Image from Better Homes & Gardens
With your lighting squared away, you can personalize the space a bit. Think textiles to soften, scented candles to kill the scent of ramen wafting through the halls and modern wall mirrors to lighten the look of your room:
Image from Belle Maison 23
Top to bottom: Eleganza 22 Inch Starburst, Vela 40 Inch Starburst
At your school dorm (or in rented small spaces in general), even just a few small decor improvements can go a long way.
Images: Comparte Mi Moda, Better Homes & Gardens, Belle Maison 23
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Staging your home is not something you can do the morning before an open house. If you really want to raise the appeal of your home to buyers, you'll have to put in some time planning and maybe even spending some money.
Select the rooms that need the most attention and start there. The rest of the home might just need some re-arranging, but at least you know where your budget and your time should be applied.
First and foremost, something that doesn't take any money just time is de-cluttering. Work from the top down.
a. Are your walls filled with too many pictures? Simplify your walls, it will help the place look cleaner and larger.
b. Are your table tops (dressers, desks, tables and counters) filled with mail and/or just too many accessories? Clear all that off and we suggest not stuffing it in drawers. Home buyers might want to peak in the drawers and cabinets to see how much space they'll have.
c. Do you have too many things along the floor? Like, lots of items besides your furniture? Clear anything that isn't essential and store it in the garage. Maybe even some of your furniture should go too. If you have four lounge chairs around your sofa, you should put a couple in storage. This will help the space look larger and more inviting.
You don't want to have too many family photos around, and this isn't just about the clutter issue. You want the potential home buyers to look at the home neutrally.
They should be able to picture themselves living there, not visiting your home surrounded by your family photos and kids' artwork.
Make sure to pay attention to the exterior of your home, but most importantly the front.
a. First and foremost, clean up your front yard. Trim the grass, bushes and possibly hire someone to lace the trees if they are overly full.
b. Depending on the time of year, there might be lots of leaves all over or maybe even snow, so make sure you keep up the front yard.
c. If you've neglected your front yard, this is the time to invest in some flowers or new bushes. Even if the plants are young, they will still benefit the appeal of your home.
d. Don't neglect your front door. It might need re-painting and make sure you have attractive outdoor lighting.
e. Do you have a porch or front deck of any sort? Furnish it with some stylish outdoor seating to make it look more inviting.
Lastly, and possibly the most important tip, bake cookies! That fresh cookies smell will get them every time!
Image: Tara Benet Design
Similar to a well-balanced outfit, great home decor often features stylish pairs and fun patterns. I gained lots of inspiration from these images on Domaine Home.
This entryway above is minimal, yet packs a punch with pattern and sophisticated pairs like the modern lighting and white upholstered chairs.
Dakota White Leather with Chrome Lounge Chair / Jonathan Adler Ipanema Modern Nickel Multi Boom Pendant
This sitting area of a master bedroom features just enough pattern to wake up the design style and I think the chair is paired perfectly with that decorative pillow. They're both warm and full of texture.
Kathy Ireland Bohemian Wine Toned 16-Inch Square Pillow / Buchanan Cognac Bonded Leather 31-Inch-W Armchair
The perfect opportunity for pattern is with decorative pillows, and what better place to pile them on than a breakfast nook?! I also love the cushions contrasted with the shades.
Safavieh Richfield White Cowhide Teak 22-Inch-W Side Chair / Kite White and Blue Ikat Fabric Throw Pillow
Images: Domaine Home
Image from Elena Zarubina
Are you a world traveler? Maybe you wish you could be one day? Well, until then you can incorporate global design in your own home.
If are someone who travels a lot, take lots of photos and refer to them when decorating your home. If you don't travel as much as you'd like, there's plenty of inspiration images on-line like this one we found above.
It's almost as if Justina Blakeney used our inspiration photo to design this bedroom below. This room is so welcoming and warm. We love the unique lighting choices and incredible mix of patterns and materials!
Image from Justina Blakeney
Inspiration images from around the world will help you decide on color palettes and textile patterns your home decor and furnishings.
Here's a few fun products from Euro Style Lighting to help you get started with your global decor make-over...
1. You can add pattern with more than just pillows and area rugs, try this bronze capiz shell wall art to add personality to your vertical space.
2. Unique lighting means fun and interesting materials, like this nest-style Liata pendant.
3. Make sure to add color, even with your furniture. These weathered yellow metal dining chairs are really fun.
4. Organic style in the kitchen will help you set the mood for different cooking styles, try these wood salad bowls.
5. Your inspiration photos can help you pick out patterns, like the one on this Lauren Black decorative table.
6. This Ikat cyan decorative bolster pillow is a perfectly easy addition to any existing home decor.
7. Mix it up and try some furniture with integrated pattern in the metal form, we love these bronze spiral tables.
8. Pattern, color and texture is all wrapped up in this cool Greek key pouf.
Images: Elena Zarubina, Justina Blakeney
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