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Looking to decorate your home and need guidance? Here is the ultimate list of 700 home decor ideas that will cover all your home decorating needs in 2019.

Decorating your home is no easy feat. There are lots of books, magazines, TV shows and websites dedicated to it. And there are just as many designers and amateur decorators ready to offer you advice. But getting your head around the concept of home decor isn’t easy by any means. The more tips you get, the more complicated it seems. And where do you start at all?

Here at HomeISD, we’ve been offering our advice and ideas for stylish home decor for several years. It’s been a fun ride and we’ve published quite a few popular articles on the subject. Finally, we’ve decided to put it all together in one epic guide. What we’ve got as a result is an amazing source for home decor ideas, inspiration, tips and advice that you can turn to for reference and all your decorating needs.

So here they are, 700 home decor ideas and counting – they took years to collect. Please use the table of contents and make use of these ideas.

Home Decor Essentials for the BeginnersHome Decor Essentials for the Beginners

It doesn’t matter if you’ve just bought a new house or an apartment, or you’ve started renting one for yourself, the first things you have to do in a new place make it your own by decorating. And if it’s the first time you’re going to decorate a home, you will need a little help.

Here’s our list of top home decor essentials for the guys and girls that are about to decorate their own place for the first time.


Inexpensive Wall Art

Wall art is essential in making the space more personal and filling up those empty walls, but you don’t need to splurge on it, to begin with. Shop for inexpensive art and pay attention to the way it will work in the color scheme of the room. Most importantly, choose art that you like.


Versatile Curtains

Don’t go with cheap curtains, but choose them in neutral hues (they can be in patterns) that will work with any decor piece that you’ll add over time to the room.

Barware

Getting barware is essential not only for entertaining guests, it works well as part of vignettes when unused. For example, crystal barware adds a luxurious touch to the room’s decor.


Matching Towels

The choice of towels is an essential part to bathroom decor so getting sets of towels in your favorite patterns will provide you with a powerful decorating tool.

Fitted Sheets and Duvet Covers

Do you want your bed making to take a few seconds rather than several minutes? Avoid flat sheets, blankets, and throws and choose fitted sheets and duvets with covers and it will be as simple as pulling the duvet and puffing the pillows.

Extra Seating

Surprisingly, chairs can be quite expensive and you always need extra seating. The solution is getting relatively cheap poufs that are compact, comfortable and cute. Not only they provide the seating, but they also add to the home decor and they can easily be stored under a table (even a coffee table).

Trays

If throw pillows are the best at the aesthetic decor, trays are the best at functional. From vignettes to arranging accessories, from catch-it-alls to bar carts, they have so many uses in any room that you must have a few always around.

Unique Accents

Unique Home Decor Accents

You need unique accent decor pieces to make your home more personal and original. Look through your belongings to find something personal that you can display, or shop for unique vintage items in thrift stores and online.

Catch-All Baskets

They’re so perfect to solve storage problems it’s no wonder they’re so loved by designers. Baskets come in many shapes, colors and patterns so it’s a no-brainer to match them to your decor.

A Rug to Bring It All Together

A rug is truly essential that brings the room together and it’s very versatile in that it’s easy to add and remove. Choose a pattern and color that will go with your decor style and most importantly, that you will like.

A Landing Strip

A small surface in the entryway to collect all necessities (such as keys) and which you can decorate to make our home more welcoming. This can be a suspended shelf or a small cabinet, whatever way you choose to implement it, you would do well to add it to your home.


More Lights

Do you think your home has enough lighting? Chances are you are used to your home and what it may be lacking. If a room has only recessed lighting and there are lots of shadows cast by various objects, you probably need more lighting. You can add it with floor and table lamps or sconces which is very easy to do, and you get an extra decorative benefit.

Install Dimmers

Being able to control the lighting is essential in making your home feel cozy, so it makes a lot of sense to install recessed light dimmers. The control they give you is perfect to layer the lighting too.

Houseplants on Every Window Sill

The benefit of houseplants in home decor is undisputed. If your home has window sills, it’s a no-brainer to put at least one plant on every sill yet it’s so often forgotten. And even if you don’t have the privilege of window sills, you can still place houseplants near the windows where there’s plenty of light.

Glass Vases and Jars

Translucent containers like glass vases, jars, and even bottles are great not only to display fresh flowers. They are essential in home decor because they have a countless number of decorative uses, from storing seashells, small accessories, to creating beautiful vignettes in any room.

Motivational Art

I am convinced that every home needs this. Your home should make you feel good about yourself, so collect inspirational quotes, prints, and posters to frame them as art and lift your mood up when it needs lifting.

Stools

You may or may not have a couple of stools around your home but consider getting more of them as they don’t take a lot of places and are perfect as extra seating. They can be used in just about any room too.

Consider the wonderful Chinese garden stools which are so versatile in their design that you can put them just about anywhere and they will work.

An Accent Headboard

Accent Headboard

An eye-catching headboard, especially in absence of an accent wall, is a big bonus in bedroom design. Even if you don’t go fancy and just add a little style, you can put a big checkmark on your list of home decor.

More Throw Pillows

You most likely have throw pillows around on a couch or a chair, but the point I’m trying to make here is that you can never have too many of them. Throw pillows can be placed anywhere and they provide an incredible tool to accessorize your home decor and create instant accents. So get many pillows in different styles and you can switch them around for a different look anytime you like.


Home Decor Rules of Thumb

Home Decor Rules of Thumb

What makes the perfect home decor? It’s a very subjective matter and what looks perfect for one person may be appalling for another. But we all can agree on certain guidelines that do make interior design pleasing to the eye.

There are certain rules of thumb that most top interior designers follow and that most homeowners appreciate. Here are the rules that you won’t go wrong following.

Size Matters

When it comes to choosing furniture, it can be too small for a room. Even if it’s a small space, it can benefit from bigger furniture. It makes a strong statement and all you have to worry about is not to make it overcrowded, which is a layout issue more than anything. Don’t be afraid to go bigger, it makes a difference.

Lighting, Lighting, Lighting

Most rooms we see are very underlit. Lighting is crucial to home decorating so make sure you have at least three light sources in a room. Create layers of light with recessed light, chandeliers, lamps, and sconces to eliminate all those unnecessary shadows.

Live with It

The first thing you have to understand is that you shouldn’t expect to completely decorate your home in one day. Don’t rush into buying things especially if you’re on a budget. Carefully choose furniture and accessories for your room and live for a while with them to make sure it makes you happy and it’s functional as intended. Each piece has to live into your home and your interior design will grow over time.

Avoid Furniture Sets

Don’t cut corners by getting all pieces in a furniture set. Your home decor should be unique and have a character which evolves over time, it shouldn’t look like something you did overnight. Each piece you buy should be evaluated and blended in the rest of the decor and look natural.


Don’t Go Overboard with a Theme

Following a theme is a good idea as long as you don’t go overboard with it. You can choose a nautical color scheme, for example, but when it’s all blue and white stripes with rope knot pillows to boot, your room starts looking like a strange theme park. Avoid that and keep the theme subtle.

Choose Your White

If you paint white, you have to choose the right color, and there are thousands of whites to choose from. Paint a swatch with a select color and go around the room to see how it looks in different places and lighting.

Don’t Fight the Architecture

It’s great if your walls have beautiful moldings but don’t paint the walls in an accent color to emphasize cheap window and door frames. Understand the best qualities of your room and emphasize them while hiding the weak points.

Start with an Empty Room

When decorating, start with an empty room and go from there. Even if it’s not empty follow the same path as if it was. First, choose the wall colors, windows, light fixtures, then start adding big furniture and move on to smaller things. Try to always start with big things and move on to smaller, building the room bit by bit.

Make Surprising Decor

There’s good home decor and there’s great decor. What makes it great is that it surprises with accents that throws the look a little bit off. So add accents like a rustic TV board, or leather furniture in the bathroom to make your interior design great.

Use Colors

Avoid making your decor bleak in neutral colors. Yes, a neutral scheme is safe and non-committing but even if you just use accent color throw pillows, add color as much as you can.

Create Vignettes

Vignettes create a character out of personal items. But don’t make a mistake of putting all your personal belongings on display on the shelves, group them in vignettes by carefully choosing what you want to show off and putting away the rest. Remember that you can and should change them up from time to time.

Soften the Corners

A room has a lot of sharp edges so try to add elements with rounded corners, such as this rounded corner shelf, round rugs or round furniture like a coffee table or an ottoman. Houseplants in the corners work too.

Layer It

Layered Pillows Decor

Don’t just prop pillows side by side – layer them. Use different pairs of pillows with different designs and textures, and put one in front of the other. If you have an intricate rug that threatens to overcome the floor, consider putting it on top of a larger rug with a solid color that is in the same color family as the smaller rug. This single color will help tame the busy patterns and add a nice finish to the floor.

You Don’t Have to Love Every Piece of Decor

Think about your home decor as a whole. It’s not likely that you’ll love every feature, color, piece of furniture, and while you should try to fill your home with things you love, the big picture is all that matters in the end.

Follow the Plan

Make a plan and stick to it. It doesn’t mean you can’t deviate from the plan as you go but a general sense of direction is always necessary to keep you on the track.

Get Inspired By Your Wardrobe

Short on ideas for colors and patterns? Use your clothing style to get inspired. After all, you have your own dressing style that you like to follow, your home should reflect that in every detail too.

Create a Conversation Area

A popular (for a good reason) layout for the living room is to create a conversation area by pulling furniture away from the walls to a group around a coffee table. It solves two problems in one go – preventing the boxed out feel that furniture pushed against the walls gives, and making a functional setup to entertain your guests.


Home Decor Rules You Should Break

Home Decor Rules You Should Break

Rules are there to be useful, to help you decorate your home in an aesthetic way. But that doesn’t mean you have to follow every rule in the book to the point. If we all did that, we’d all have homes that are identical.

In fact, making your home personal is just as important as its look. So you should break some rules to create something unique, something that describes you. And here are top 20 rules you can look forward to break when decorating your home.

Mix Wood Furniture Finish

Furniture finish doesn’t have to be completely matching as if you’re bought everything at once. You can have some variety just as long as you make sure to balance it out.

Chairs Don’t Have to Be All Off (or On) the Rug

Let the furniture arrangement flow and allow some freedom for character. Let the guests choose themselves where the chairs should stand.

Match Patterns on Different Surfaces

The walls don’t need to necessarily have a unique pattern, it can be extended to different surfaces around the room.

Big Furniture in Small Rooms

Small furniture saves space but you don’t have to frame a small room as a tiny doll house. A well chosen and placed bigger furniture will actually be more functional and make the room look bigger.

Mix Accent Patterns

So you have an art piece of a specific pattern as the accent, but you can mix several if you find balance between sizes and spacing.

Mix Styles

Your home decor doesn’t have to be all modern Scandinavian or classic traditional, you can mix and match styles to get a unique combination.

Mix Metals

Having different metals or metal patterns for light fixtures, furniture and wall decor can actually work very well together as long as they’re balanced out.

You Don’t Need to Have a Sofa in Your Living Room

Have chairs instead and it opens up the space and allows you to break the traditional living room layout frame.

Furniture Doesn’t Have to Match

You don’t have to buy furniture in sets. Just because you’ve bought a sofa, you don’t have to buy a matching coffee table and chairs. Mix and match furniture for your individual decor that looks like it took time to arrange.


You Don’t Have to Paint Small Rooms in Bright Colors

While bright colors open up space and make it look bigger, you don’t have to necessarily limit yourself to just light schemes. A dark room can have a great character.

Don’t Be Afraid to Be Dramatic in a Small Room

Besides light colors, the conventional decor rules say that you should play it safe in small spaces. Break the rule and don’t be afraid to experiment and add drama with patterns and color explosion.

You Can Have Bare Floor

While rugs anchor the room decor and add softness, a bare floor keeps the space open and makes it look bigger. So don’t take the necessity of a rug too seriously.

Skip the Coffee Table

Sofa and coffee table is the classic living room arrangement. However, an ottoman and a tray is the most flexible alternative you can have.

Paint Vintage Pieces

While vintage furniture and other pieces have most charm in their original colors, don’t be afraid to paint them in a color of your choice.

Mix and Match the Chairs

You don’t have to have all chairs at the dining table identical. Mixing and matching adds a unique character.

The Center Piece Doesn’t Have to Be the Most Expensive Thing in the Room

In fact, it can be the cheapest as long as it has character.

Artwork Doesn’t Always Have to Be at the Eye Level

The rule says that artwork should be hung on the wall at the eye level in the visual center. But sometimes it makes sense to have it lower or higher.

Emphasize Ugly Architecture

That ugly duct can actually work to your advantage as an accent.

Paint the Ceiling

No, it doesn’t necessarily have to be white. In this case the walls look lower but it really opens up the ceiling.

Throw Pillows Can Appear in Even Numbers

Don’t beat yourself over an extra throw pillow on the couch, it can definitely work.


Quick 24-Hour Home Decor Ideas

24-Hour Home Decor Ideas

Not all home decor projects have to take a lot of thought, planning and time. Sometimes you can make quick and small changes that take no more than 24 hours but they have a meaningful impact. So if you have a day off work and you feel like prettifying your home, you’ll need a few ideas to try something new.

We’ve made a list of quick and easy ways how you can revamp your home decor overnight. Make your free time at home count.

Let More Light In

Retire the drapes and let more light into your home. Sheers come in color too and you can dress up the windows while obstructing as little light as possible.

Bring New Seating Inside and Out

With spring already here and the weather getting warmer, you’ll want to gather your guests outside, so make sure you have enough seating. Chinese garden stools make very versatile seating and can be used anywhere inside your house as well as outside.

Bring Fresh Flowers and Branches

Fresh Flower Accent Home Decor

A new season requires fresh seasonal decorating. Bringing fresh flowers or blossoming branches to your home will help you with that.

Make Switches

Bring a side table to the bathroom and move the nightstand to the living room. Switch pictures between rooms, or just change around the frames. Small switches like these can bring a completely different look to your home decor.

Move Seating Away from the Walls

Seating Away from the Walls ideas

Try moving the chairs or the couch away from the walls, even if just a few inches. Experiment with a slightly different layout and flow – it makes a difference.

Get Rid of Something

Over time your home gets cluttered as you bring new things home. Get rid of something you haven’t been using for a while to free up the room and open the space up.

Get a New Rug

A new rug is one of the most impactful decor pieces and it’s very easy to add or replace. Try a new, perhaps fancy, pattern to bring a room together in a different way.

Get a New Lamp

It’s a fair guess to make that your home is missing some layered lighting. Get a new table lamp to add a new layer and improve the decor.

New Baskets

Accent Baskets

Get some new attractive baskets, especially if you down own any yet. They will help you hide the clutter and organize with the aesthetic home decor in mind.

Create a New Table Top Vignette

Be it a coffee table or a dining table, create a new vignette or a centerpiece for a fresh look.

Mix and Match Bedding

It may be the time to refresh your bedding, so experiment with different and new patterns and colors.

Add an Antique Piece to the Bathroom

Antique vintage touches make great accents, so try one in the bathroom this time. It can be a mirror frame, a lamp, or even a soap dispenser, whatever it is, experiment with the vintage look.

Hang Plates on the Wall

Do you own any beautiful plates? Why not hang them for display on a wall? Check out your local thrift store for some beautiful finds too.

Experiment with Wallpaper Fragments

While wallpaper is committing and takes planning as well as a lot of time to do, experimenting with fragments of it is a quick and easy way to add pattern to your decor. Try framing a patch of wallpaper, or add a fragment on a wall behind a mirror.

Add Pops of Color to Open Shelves

Open shelves kitchen

If you have open shelves in the kitchen or any other room, make use of them to add pops of color for an accent. Open shelves are great in making space look bigger or creating displays, but make sure you make them noticeable by adding flowers, bright color mugs, and dishes.

Brass Frame Mirrors

The brass finish makes a classy accent on its own, but it’s especially effective when used as a mirror frame.

Choose One Focal Point

One of the keys to classy decor is subtlety and sophistication. So don’t make different decor pieces fight from attention, choose one clear focal point and decorate around it. It can be a chandelier, a piece of furniture or wall art, whatever it is make sure you feature it.

Classy Storage

Clutter breaks the classy spell so you have to make sure to put things away and keep the place tidy as much as possible. Choose storage baskets, chest, and boxes that have a metallic finish or vintage look. A lacquered tray can be a great choice as a catch-all for useful small things.

Hide the Cords and Wires

Go wireless whenever possible and hide the cords away by building hidden charging stations in drawers, or using wall art to hide TV cords.

Knit Blankets and Laces

Knit blankets and laces in neutral colors, such as white or light gray, add a classy touch to the bedroom.

Faux Fur

Snow giraffe faux fur blanket

A single faux fur throw blanket or a rug will have a warm but classy effect.

A Touch of Glitter

Just adding a throw pillow with a mild touch of glitter can have a classy accent.

Vintage Accessories

Having some vintage accessories is sure to add the class so long as you don’t go overboard with it.

Crystal Glass

The use of crystal glass, especially crystal vases, creates sophistication.

Black and White

Black and white are classic and naturally classy. Even if the pattern is used just for an accent.

Vignettes

In classy decor, vignettes aren’t just small decorative arrangements, you have to start looking at the entire room decor as a vignette. But of course, don’t forget small vignettes too.

Hang Curtains High

You should hang curtains higher above the window anyways, but it especially adds to the classy decor.

Jewelry Curtain Tiebacks

Use old jewelry to tie back the curtains.

Wall Art

While you have to be careful with wall art to keep the decor classy and sophisticated, some art deco elements can have a wonderful effect.

Rugs

Rugs in Home Decor

Don’t leave the floor empty, add a rug in neutral colors and patterns.

Brass Elements

Brass elements are modern but classy, such as a brass faucet in the kitchen.

Classy Art Printouts and Pictures

Poster Home Decor

One of the easiest and yet most explicit ways to make the room just a little bit classier.

Book Bundles

Random book bundles on tables add an element of sophistication to home decor.

Books as Furniture

Side Table Made of Books

You can argue if it’s classy to use a stack of books as a small table, but I really like this idea nonetheless.

Spray Paint

It’s amazing what a little paint spray can do to your things and their value to home decor. Having it handy at your home can quickly transform cheap stuff into high quality expensive looking decor elements. And there are so many things you can do with it.

Applying golden or metallic paint will create luxe accents, while black spray paint will refurbish old furniture, and that’s far from all the options you have. Take fabric spray paint and that’s where things get really interesting. So check out these ideas and get yourself a couple of cans of spray paint.

Refurbish the Furniture

Have old or boring furniture? Time to get the spray can ready.

Pattern Spray Furniture

Spray Paint Pattern Furniture

Yes, you can spray paint the furniture to give it color and new life but here’s another idea. Cover it with laces and paint spray over it for amazing patterns.

Bottles and Vases

Spray paint bottles and vases for a striking accent.

Shade Lamps

If you have some old shade lamps, a quick and easy way to refurbish them is applying spray paint, metallic again looks good.

Baskets

Baskets make great accents and help unclutter your storage spaces, but getting them in the right color is not always easy. You know what to do.

Spray Paint Plants

Gold sprayed plants make wonderful festive decorations.

Spray Paint Furniture Fabric

Spray Paint Fabric Furniture

Fabric spray paint allows you to change color or apply pattern to your furniture easily.

Make Furniture Glossy

Make your furniture glossy with metallic or glossy spray paint and it will look expensive and luxurious.

Spray Paint Accessories

Here’s an example of creatively spray painted candles, but you can do that to countless accessories for a wide range of accents.

Picture Frames

Whether you frame pictures or create art like this, it’s extremely easy to change the color of a frame with spray paint.

Hide the Ugly Things

There are certain eyesores in home decor that are hard to hide because they need to be there, such as heaters, power sockets, light switches and so on. Guess what, you can make them blend in to your decor by spray painting them.

Antiquing

With some effort you can make any furniture look vintage and antique.

Kitchen Appliances

Hunting for custom colors in kitchen appliances can be time consuming, expensive and down right frustrating. But spray painting default appliances to your liking is easy and refreshing.

Chandeliers

You don’t have to buy and install a new chandelier just because your old one got worn out and boring.

Faucets

Spray paint faucets in the kitchen and bathroom for a trendy accent.

Kitchen Utensils

Spray painting old kitchen utensils for decoration is a wonderful idea.

Use a Floor Mirror

A full-size floor mirror simply placed against a wall has a very dramatic effect, especially in a smaller room like a bedroom. You don’t need to drill holes to hang it and you can of course take it with you when you move.

Hide the Ugly with Curtains

Your room windows have ugly blinds? No worries, just hang beautiful curtains over them. Curtains are one of the things you can probably replace in a renter and they can have the biggest impact to the interior design. Hang them high and wide, if you can’t drill holes, use command hooks to hang the curtain rod.

Create Lounge Style with Blankets

Snow giraffe faux fur blanket

Covering entire furniture with a big faux fur blanket or eclectic patterns will turn your living room into a lounge room. It’s a great way to cozy up the place while making a bold statement at the same time.


Home Decor Ideas on a Budget

Home Decor Ideas on a Budget

Decorating your home can get rather expensive but if you just want to implement another decor idea, you don’t have to go on a splurge. It doesn’t mean that you have to resort to cheap looking decor either. Some real-life ideas can get you that extra decor touch and cost you next to nothing.

This is what our today’s picks are all about. Let’s get decorating by spending almost nothing while still getting the desired result.

Display Stained Glass Bottles on Window Sills

Stained glass windows make a great decor feature but it’s a rare luxury to have it in your home. As an alternative for a similar effect, collect stained glass bottles and put them on display on window sills.

String Light Table Lamps

Create table lamps out of glass jugs and string lights. It’s very easy to do and you don’t necessarily have to wait for the holiday season to use them.

Faux Headboard

An accent headboard helps bring bedroom decor together but they can cost a lot. Instead of buying one, use washi tape or some paint to draw one on an empty wall. It’s easy and will get the same result at little to no cost.

Hang Silk Scarves for the Headboard

Or if you have beautiful silk scarves, arrange them on the wall over your bed to create a unique headboard. Check out our 15 more ideas on how to build a DIY headboard.

Add a Bulletin Board

A bulletin board isn’t expensive especially if you DIY, and it can help you stay organized or provide you a flexible space to hang easily switchable art on the wall.

Decorate Walls with Your Stuff

Do you have a guitar or another musical instrument, or perhaps a collection of skateboards from your childhood? Use them as art pieces to decorate the walls and make your decor personal.

Paint a Small Wall in Accent Color

Some paint that you may have left over after the last home makeover can be put to great use by painting just a small part of the wall and create a popping accent. Such as this wonderful chalkboard paint idea.

Use a Chair for the Nightstand

Nightstands can cost a pretty penny but instead of buying one, you can use a chair and get a chic look. Try the combination of a chair and stacked books as an accent vignette.

Stack Books

Speaking of stacking books, you can elevate any surface and add an accent at the same time with your books. Use them on nightstands, side tables, coffee tables, chairs, stools and so on.

Bring Wicker Furniture Inside

If you own wicker furniture and use it in your patio only, try bringing a chair to a well-lit room and create a writing nook. That’s an easy way to make the room look much warmer.

Decorate with Plates

You can decorate your walls with plates and you don’t even need fancy vintage plates – you can use some spray paint to add pops of color.

Use Storage Units As Side Tables

Storage cubes make great cheap side tables and they still serve their original purpose.

Decorate with Canvas

Simply paint a canvas with interior paint and hang it on the wall. You can try smaller frames or one big canvas and add pops of color for an accent or soft hues for warmth without committing to re-painting walls and without big expenses.

Embellish Lampshades

Embellishing a lampshade is easy by using scrapbooking decals and you can transform a simple lamp into a whimsical accessory.

DIY Chair Rails

Add architectural interest by using self-adhesive molding to create chair rails. You can use a different shade of paint to paint part of the wall for a greater effect too.

Decorate the Entryway First

The first thing everyone sees when entering your home will set the impression of your entire decor, so invest in decorating the entryway, first things first. This example of a decorative wall mirror, a small table and the use of fresh flowers shows how you can make a lasting impression with minimal decor.

Get Poufs for Extra Seating

Surprisingly, chairs can be quite expensive and you always need extra seating. The solution is getting relatively cheap poufs that are compact, comfortable and cute. Not only they provide the seating, but they also add to the home decor and they can easily be stored under a table (even a coffee table).

Decorate with What You Already Own

You don’t necessarily have to buy art pieces to decorate your walls. Hats, jewelry, and other personal accessories can make great decorations if you put your mind to it.

Mix the Furniture

Don’t be afraid to mix different furniture of different styles and finishes if you can’t get everything in a set and if that’s the cheaper way. So what if your dining chairs don’t match, you have different styles of cabinets or your sofa and armchair are from different sets. Mixing and matching is a valid technique to create unique decor.

Always Decorate Bookshelves

Bookshelves aren’t just space for books and storage, they give you a great opportunity to create displays and you should use it.

Use Trays Creatively

Don’t have a bar cart? Use a tray. And their use isn’t limited to just a makeshift bar, you can use a tray for just about anything from creating table centerpieces to transforming an ottoman into a coffee table.

Always Decorate the Coffee Table

Coffee table instantly becomes the centerpiece of room decor if you create a vignette to decorate it. It’s cheap and easy to do by adding a houseplant, some scented candles, fresh plants, books, and other display accessories. You can literally use everything you have to create a beautiful centerpiece and you’ll get extra points if you match the season.

Rearrange the Furniture

You can get an impressionable result by simply rearranging the furniture. Don’t assume that your current layout is the only way it can be – it’s not set in stone. Simply moving the furniture a few inches away from the walls can create a different flow, so experiment with it.

Add Accent Lighting

Plug-in sconces and table lamps aren’t expensive, can be easily added and they can redefine your decor. Add them next to other accent pieces to emphasize and create an extra layer of lighting.

Invest in One Big Decor Piece

Practically speaking, a single decor piece that can make a strong accent is better than several small items that get drowned on bookshelves or end up stashed away from the view. So save up for one big decor piece, like an accent mirror for a truly impactful addition to your decor.

Update Fixtures, Pull Handles and Knobs

Before replacing your old cabinets or sinks, you have a cheaper option to only replace the faucet fixtures and pull handles. They will transform the look and bring the furniture back to life – good enough to put away the expensive upgrade. If you match the finish of the fixtures it will improve the style too.

Wallpaper Alternatives

Wall Decor with Plates

If you can’t afford wallpaper, you can have a similar effect with ornate china plates or vintage textiles (that you may already have stashed away) to decorate the walls.

Use Decorative Furniture with Storage

If you’re going to get an ottoman or a coffee table anyway, get one that has hidden storage built in for extra functionality and to save some money on storage units.

Create Bohemian Decor with Thrift Shop Items

There are a lot of good decorative items that can be found in thrift shops very cheaply. Use them to add to your display vignettes and experiment with expressive decor pieces for a touch of bohemian style.

Decorate Your Bathroom with Pebbles and Rocks

Fill a tray with pebbles and rocks to keep soap and other bathroom accessories, or use rocks as the sink drain plug. It literally costs you nothing but adds a beautiful accent.

Accent Paint

Not ready to commit to fully repainting the room? Try painting a smaller wall or a fragment in an accent color – it’s an easy and inexpensive way to make a statement.

Accent Tiling

Accent Bathroom Tiling

Similarly, you can tile just a fragment of a wall (such as the vanity area) as a budget tiling option. Try trendy patterns like herringbone to make an accent.

Make a Pretty Headboard

Most interior designers save by skipping on a fancy headboard, but you can easily and cheaply prettify it by throwing a patterned fabric over it. Try global folk patterns which are trendy this year, or go with more subtle patterns in subdued tones.

Customize Decor Pieces

If you choose decor pieces that are easy to customize you can create unique features at a fraction of cost. For example, cube shelves can be painted and arranged to your liking.

Group Mismatched Pieces in Threes

If you shop in thrift stores or online to save money, you will pick up some great pieces but they won’t likely match. The same will happen by buying and collecting things over time. The trick is to group these pieces in threes – that will make the arrangement look intentional.

Shop for Vintage Pieces in Thrift Stores and Online

Vintage pieces have great decor value and you can pick them up cheaply in thrift stores or online, so try to regularly check them out and you’ll collect some great stuff to use in your home decor over time.

Customize IKEA Curtains

Save on fancy curtains by painting simple cookie-cutter IKEA curtains in a style you want. Check out the tutorial.

Oversize Floral Arrangements

A trick that is used by interior designers over and over again to make a decor statement at very little additional cost is to use a bigger vase and create an oversized floral arrangement.

Matte Faucets

Replacing old faucets in the kitchen and/or bathroom is a simple DIY job. Try matte finish for a trendy new look this year.

Go for a Walk

Take a walk in a park and gather some seasonal accents for your home for free. Pick up some plant springs and blossoms for those fresh floral arrangements.

Splurge on a Quality Mattress

The quality of a mattress and thus the quality of your sleep directly depends on the price of the former. And while it doesn’t mean you have to blow your entire budget on a mattress, you should spend on it as much as you can afford. Your health is your top priority.

Save on a Headboard

On the other hand, a great place to save in the bedroom decor is on the headboard. You don’t need a fancy headboard to make a statement in the bedroom and there are many options where you can create an accent at little to no cost. This plywood board looks awesome and doesn’t cost that much.

Splurge on a Comfy Sofa

A big and comfy sofa is where you, your family and guests will spend a lot of time, so it makes sense to invest in its quality. Choose a sturdy, comfortable sofa that will stand the test of time.

Save on Occasional Tables and Seating

Occasional tables (like side tables, nightstands, consoles and coffee tables) and seating (like ottomans, poufs and stools) aren’t worth spending a ton of money on simply because there are so many great inexpensive options. For example, this lidded basket is cheap and doubles as a storage unit as well as makes a warm decor accent.

Splurge on Area Rugs

A good area rug should be on your priority list because it’s one of the keys to complete decor. The right rug will anchor and bring your whole room together and if you go for quality, it will serve you for years to come. Not to mention, area rugs are very easily added, moved and removed, which makes them very versatile in their use.

Save on Trendy Pieces

The thing you should never splurge on is a trendy decor piece. Trends come and go, your tastes can change too, getting something that you think looks cool now to get a few oohs and aahs isn’t worth the money. You can spend your money a lot more wisely on inexpensive accent pieces that do the job and you don’t have to blow your budget on them.

Splurge on Statement Pieces

Statement pieces are those that establish the whole room decor. If you see a piece that you believe will make your decor vision come true and really bring the room together, by all means splurge on it.

Save on Home Hardware

Things like curtain rods, lighting fixtures, faucets, drawer pulls and knobs, and so on, aren’t worth much deliberation. Simply choose inexpensive options that do the job and you can think about them later when you have the budget and want to add more detail to your home decor.

Splurge on Energy Efficient Appliances

When buying new appliances, definitely go for the energy efficient options even if they cost a bit more. They will pay for themselves in the long run on energy costs saved.

Save on Everyday Dishware

You don’t need fancy dishes for everyday use, so choose plain and simple cheap dishware and utensils. You can have a fancier set for your guests but splurging on everyday items is totally unnecessary.

The Impact of Paint

Some interior paint is inexpensive compared to designer furniture, but painted cookie cutter pieces look anything but cheap. We love this cabinet look painted blue with black glaze finish.

Stainless Steel Panels

Stainless Steel Panels

Metalic finish doesn’t have to be expensive with stainless steel panels that you can pick up from IKEA. The panels can be applied to furniture like cabinets as well as accent walls.

Faux Marble

This look is created with faux marble paper which is inexpensive but looks like the real deal. For kitchen countertops, you can use Formica marble laminate. For a complete look, consider a marble dining table set.

Painted Tiles

With tiles you have two choices, either go with expensive designer tiles, or paint them in a pattern you like yourself. You may not get patterns as intricate but it sure can look good at a fraction of the cost.

Tile Patterns

Tile Patterns

Subway tiles aren’t expensive but the conventional pattern isn’t always flattering. Instead, form a different one to completely change the style.

Vinyl Tiles

Vinyl tiles may be cheap and usually used in office buildings but that doesn’t mean they can’t look good in your home. Big tiles are in style this year and you can get vinyl tiles in many different textures.

Plywood Accents

Plywood may be cheap and look unfinished but it gives you that extra texture that you can use as an accent and it can really work wonders. We love this shelf made out of a single plywood board.

Concrete Finish

Concrete finish creates an industrial style and you can use it for the kitchen countertops, bathroom or accent walls. It looks good and most importantly, it’s inexpensive.

Particle Board Accents

Just like plywood, particle board is another cheap material that can be used to add texture – it’s random pattern certainly has an appeal. This headboard really plays well against the dark gray hues of the room.

Upcycled DIY Materials

Talking about accents, the rustic touch of upcycled and repurposed materials always makes a warm decor feature.

Remove the Doors of the Top Cabinets

If your cabinets do not feature glass doors, remove the doors from the top cabinets to leave the shelves open. Arrange the dishes and other items for display on these shelves. It will give the space a more open look and will make a great decor feature.

Paint Lamp Shades

Get cheap lamp shades and paint them. You can use an accent color or some pattern to get a unique accent piece at little cost.

Install Sconce Spotlights

The right lighting can transform the decor completely, of course it doesn’t always come cheap. Add spotlights over display cabinets or tabletops with sconces as an inexpensive but effective lighting alternative.

Put Decor Pieces in Unusual Places

Unusual Home Decor

Break a rule, hang wall art off center or over the door, give a decor piece a new purpose. In the room pictured above, wall art is hung unusually low to be a part of a layered vignette.

Wallpaper the Back of a Bookshelf

It’s easy to add wallpaper to the backboard of a bookshelf and it makes a great accent, adds depth and pattern to the decor.

Embellish Curtains and Their Rods

Use gold spray paint or gold leaf to embellish the curtains and curtain rods for an unusual accent.

Add a Faux Fireplace

The fireplace, when there is one, makes the focal point of the room. But even if you don’t have one, you can fake it and put some candles in it, as well as make use of the decorative mantel.

Contrast Live Plants with the Colors of Your Home Decor

Contrast Live Plants with the Colors of Your Home Decor

Big things come from simple ideas and while fresh plants always make home decor just a little better, take it a step further and find a place where it would make a contrast in color.

Measure Space and Furniture Beforehand

When you’re at the store it’s no time to eyeball the size of decor pieces you want to buy and expect them to fit. Measure the space and furniture that’s already there to ensure that everything you buy will be a good fit in your home.

Be Open to Unexpected Purchases

While you should always go shopping with certain goals in mind, you should still keep an open mind to other decor pieces you may find appealing. Always be on the lookout for new things that will work in your home decor. Especially pay attention to whimsical pieces that can make your decor unique and personal.

Don’t Break the Bank

Never splurge on the first thing you see unless you absolutely fall in love with it. Chances are you can get an alternative piece at a lower cost. So spend only on things that you are sure your decor can’t do without.

Don’t Be a Hoarder

While we have mentioned keeping an open mind to unexpected purchases, it doesn’t mean you have to buy absolutely everything you see. Be moderate about it and think if your home really needs it, otherwise it will disappear in your already sizable collection of items. Buy things only if you know you need them.

Don’t Buy Everything in One Day

You have to understand that you shouldn’t expect to completely decorate your home in one day. Don’t rush into buying things especially if you’re on a budget. Carefully choose furniture and accessories for your room and live for a while with them to make sure they make you happy and they’re functional as intended. Each piece has to live into your home and your interior design will grow over time.

Don’t Buy Everything in One Shop

You don’t have to buy furniture in sets. Just because you’ve bought a sofa, you don’t have to buy a matching coffee table and chairs. Mix and match furniture for your individual decor that looks like it took time to arrange. That will allow you to shop for better prices in different stores as well.

Use Thrift Shops

Thrift Shop Home Decor

You don’t have to do your home decor shopping in big box stores only, in fact thrift shops can be great for unique and vintage stuff for your home. Check out your local shop next time you go on another decorating spree.

Choose Quality Over Quantity

This is especially true when buying furniture – you don’t want a new sofa to wear down over a few months, so you have to think about the quality of things you buy. White you don’t have to go for the most expensive thing, make sure it is sturdy enough and looks like it can stand the test of time. So even if it means you’ll be able to buy less of other decor pieces because of it, always pick quality.

Buy What You Love

In the end, the only thing that matters is that you surround yourself with things that you personally love. It doesn’t matter what style, trend or whether it’s timeless in general sense as long as you love it and you want to keep it forever.

Don’t Worry About Pairing and Matching

If you find a wonderful chair that fits in your dining room perfectly but it’s a bit pricey to buy two, get one and you can match it with a different but less expensive chairs. The only important thing is to match the scale to balance out the look.

Pay Attention to “As Is” Sections

Even IKEA has an “As Is” section where you can pick up slightly damaged but cheaper decor pieces. With a little DIY and creativity you can make them look perfect at home.

Buy Art from Indy Artists

Sites like Etsy are great to find unique art for your home decor and they aren’t expensive. Next time you need a picture for a wall, go shopping online.

Switch Out Furniture and Decor Pieces

The same chair will seem like new if you move it from the living room to the bedroom, and it costs literally nothing to refresh your decor this way.

Look for Vintage Items Online

Vintage items can do wonders for your home decor and you can get great deals if you look for them online.

Double Time with Furniture

Double-Time Furniture

If you’re looking to keep your home decor on budget, choose furniture that can be used for multiple purposes. A coffee table that can serve as seating, a table that makes shift to a console, anything that can double time will save you both, money and space.

Pick Furniture with Storage

Storage plays an important part in home decor so choose furniture that can serve as a storage unit to solve two problems in one go.

Master the Spray Paint

Weather you buy old or discounted furniture and other decor pieces, using spray paint can add aesthetic touch ups to renovate them easily.

Use a Throw Blanket for the Headboard

Don’t spend a ton of money on a fancy headboard when you can style one yourself with a simple throw blanket, and you can choose any accent pattern you like which is also easy to switch.

Turn the Books Around

You don’t always want to make an accent on a bookshelf, so turn the books around and keep it neutral by hiding the colorful covers.

All Out Color Matching

This is a committing idea but one that makes a powerful statement. Matching the cabinets, furniture, dishware and even the wall art colors creates a comfortable predictability.

T-Shirt Pillow Covers

Old t-shirts can be used to create great throw pillow covers for unique accents.

“Upholster” Seating with Pillows

Benches and chairs can be easily “upholstered” in style by simply using throw pillows, and you can even tie them to the seating with string.

Cinder Blocks for Under the Bed Storage

Looking for a touch of industrial style? You can use cinder blocks to lift the bed up and use them for extra storage in the bedroom.

Empty Frame Art

Call it chic or whimsical but picture frames make great art even without the pictures in them.

Make Mirrors Look Bigger with Frames

Have a mirror that is slightly out of proportion for the room? You don’t have to switch it for a new bigger one, use an empty frame to make it look visually bigger.

World Clocks

Whether you need to know the time around the world or not, an array of clocks makes a unique wall accent.

Color Cords

Color Cords

Cords can be one of the biggest home decor eyesores, but instead of hiding them you can emphasize them for an accent with color.

Improvised Curtain Tiebacks

Curtain tiebacks add style and elegance to window dressing, and you don’t have to go shopping for them. Instead, look into your closet and choose scarves or belts that you can use as improvised tiebacks.

Easy Chair Dressing

If you have pretty pattern textiles around, use them to dress the dining chairs for an accent. It’s easy, simple and adds a very personal touch.

Decorate Walls with Your Jewelry

Instead of keeping them in jewelry box where they get all tangled, you can use your accessories to decorate the walls in a unique way, especially if you have old or unused picture frames around.

Decorate with Fruit

Instead of stashing fruit in the kitchen, use glass jars to put them on display. The vibrant colors of fresh fruit will make great pops of accent in any vignette.

Group to Create a Focal Point

Does your room lack a focal point? Group a few pictures and other accessories together for a bigger impact then they would have alone.

Color Code the Books

Bookshelves make a bigger accent if you organize your books by cover color.

Style the Couch with Throw Blankets

There’s more to couch styling than accent pillows. Use throw blankets to add a pattern or color and separate visual space for a better impression.

Put the String Lights to Use

Home Decor with String Lights

String lights aren’t just for holidays, you can use them to create a romantic lighting if you put your mind to it.

Layer Your Rugs

If you own multiple rugs, try layering them for a change. You may be surprised at the extra depth it adds to the room and you might just fall in love with the new look.

Decorate with Your Fashion

Your bags and shoes didn’t just look good on the shelves in stores, you can decorate your home by putting them on display too.

Free Wall Art with Magazine Covers and Pages

Looking for interesting ideas for wall art? Instead of buying prints, why not take pretty covers and pages from old magazines?

Create a Coffee and Tea Station

Dedicate a corner on your kitchen counter for a coffee and tea station. An organized space gives a sophisticated vibe let alone it’s very convenient. If you don’t have enough counter space, consider a roller tea cart.

Magnetic Strip

You’ll always find some empty wall space where you can use a magnetic strip. It can be used in the kitchen to store small utensils like knives, in the bathroom for small accessories, and even in the living room to hang pretty postcards and notes.

Faux Material Counter Top

Faux granite or marble counter tops using contact paper are becoming more convincing and it’s a great way to save on the real deal. They’re especially useful if your counter top is worn down and could use some repair.

Cafe Curtains

Cover the lower part of the window with cafe curtains. You can use simple fabric in a variety of patterns of your choice for them.


How to Make Your Home Decor Classy

How to Make Your Home Decor Classy

Creating home decor that is ahead of the trends isn’t that easy but it’s not only a matter of guesswork too. At the beginning of every year, we hear a lot of different opinions from design experts as to what styles and designs will be trending this time. Truth be told, most of them don’t live up to the hype. But those that do, usually build on the designs that were popular last year too.

Styles that transcend years are what we consider the safe trends to try if you want to create trendsetting decor. So having heard numerous opinions and seeing how trends have changed in the past years, we’ve made a list of 10 simple ways how you can set your own trends in your home decor.

Unplugged Living Room

It seems that our time spent with technology keeps increasing every year in every aspect of our lives. More and more homeowners wish to find time to get unplugged, so to speak, and spend time with their friends and family or just reading a book. A completely tech-free living room is becoming more than a trend.

More But Softer Colors

We see a trend in adding more colors to the interior design but doing so in a subtle manner. Instead of vibrant pops of color and busy patterns that were popular a few years ago, we now see softer moody hues that still introduce colors but do it delicately. Go for adding color via accent pieces, furniture, rugs, and choose soft hues.

Bathroom That Looks More Like a Living Space

Gone are the days when the bathroom was all about minimalist look and function only. We’ve seen a lot of new decor ideas and styles for bathrooms that make it look more like a living space and this trend will continue in the coming years. So feel free to experiment with wall art, seating, side tables, vignettes and almost everything you would do in other rooms of the house.

Formal Dining Room

The trend of modern integrated dining areas (sometimes none at all) is making a 180 degree turn and it’s going back to the traditional formal dining room where a whole family can gather for a dinner distraction free.

Mixed Materials in the Kitchen

Instead of a sleek modern look with a choice of one or two materials, we expect to see more mixed materials that make the kitchen more visually interesting and more alike to other rooms in a home.

Warm Grays

Shades of Grey

Gray is becoming the new white as we see a lot of kitchen and bathroom designs going for the warm and neutral grays with the cabinets, walls and even the floor.

You might think using so very little color in the interior design will make your home dull and boring, but you’ll see that the contrary is true. Using the shades of grey can actually give you a lot of flexibility to emphasize almost any element of the decor.

Colored Stainless Steel

From shiny stainless steel that has been popular during the previous years, we turn to colored finish. We can see a lot of black, matte black, gilded, even rose color metallic hardware, fixtures and kitchen appliances.

Special Kitchen Features

Special Kitchen Features ideas

Adding a special element to the kitchen as an accent that adds function is getting ever so popular. It can be a pot filler, and automatic faucet or even just a dining table on wheels.

A Vintage Piece in Every Room

Adding at least one vintage piece to every room has been popular for a while as a way to make your home more personal and original, and it will continue to do so. Especially as it’s so easy to find something online on sites like Etsy.

The Comeback of the Fireplace

We’ve mentioned that tech-free living rooms are getting popular, so when the TV is out, the fireplace comes back as the rightful owner of the title of the focal point of the room. And even if you don’t have a real fireplace, you can get a decorative one.

Find the Anchor

An anchor in home decor is an accent item that brings everything together. It can be a couch in an accent color, a table, a piece of art, a colorful rug, or even just a bunch of throw pillows. The important thing about an anchor is that you have to choose one first and then decorate around it.

Balance Patterns and Solids

Solid colors may be boring but too many busy patterns make the place look cluttered. The key is finding the balance between the two. So for every pattern item you add, make sure there’s enough solid color in the room to balance it out. Make sure they don’t compete but complement each other.

Mix Metallic and Colors

Mixing metallic finish and colors is a trick of the trade for many designers. Brass fixtures and dark cabinets add a lot of depth, especially when contrasted with bright walls.

Combine Different Pieces

Combine Different Pieces ideas

Getting furniture in sets is not what professional designers do. The truly beautiful decor is made of combining different pieces to create something unique.

Mind the Sight Lines

The key to maintaining a balance and natural flow of furniture in a room is planning for the sight lines. Each room has a path to the door, windows and seating, make sure that path is not obstructed.

Make a Gorgeous Bathroom

It’s easy to forget the bathroom but your home decor is not complete if your bathroom is a mess. Make it look gorgeous.

Add Seating to the Bedroom

Add Seating to the Bedroom ideas

Even if your bedroom is small, find some room for a chair and it will look bigger and more complete.

Use Lacquered or Mirror Trays

Elevate your vignettes by using lacquered or mirror trays.

Layer the Lighting

Layering the lighting is the number one tool of romantic design. Use table and floor lamps to add layers and find the right lighting. Remember, everything looks better in the right light.

Soften the Edges

Add houseplants, floor lamps or even create vignettes in the corners of a room to soften the edges, add depth and make it look bigger.

Use Symmetry

Use matching chairs or pictures alike to add symmetry to the room and make it look well balanced and important.

Draw Attention with Eye Catchy Pieces

This tip is especially useful in a room that starts looking cluttered. When there’s a lot going on and several pieces compete to be the anchor, add something eye catchy to direct the attention the way you want.

Break the Tension with Books

Sometimes the room’s decor may become too strict. A very quick and easy to break the tension is to add bundles of books around.

Embrace the Rule of Thirds

You may know that things look most visually pleasing when they come in threes. The reason behind that is actually the rule of thirds or the golden ratio that’s the staple of design. To put it simply, divide a space into thirds and use one third as the focal point. So besides creating vignettes of three objects (or groups of objects) you have to make sure they aren’t all alike and make one piece the accent.

You can use this rule in any aspect of home decor, from painting the walls to furniture arrangement, hanging wall art, and arranging accessories.

Choose Accessories with Meaning

You can create beautiful decor with random store-bought accessories but what really gets oohs and aahs is a display with personal items that tell a story. It can be memorabilia from your travels or past events, anything that you can tell your guests about.

Get a Unique Piece of Furniture

A vintage dresser, or a fancy side table, get any unique or fancy furniture that pops out in your decor to add instant personality.

Start a Collection

Home Decor Display Collection ideas

Collections tell a story, they are personal and original, and you might already have a collection of something that you haven’t even thought about. Music records, old cameras, phones, even postcards, any collection makes an accent when put on display.

Use Colors That Flatter You

Home decor starts with colors and you should use only those that appeal to your style. Choose those colors that you find pleasant, colors that other people associate you with. Perhaps it’s the color of your eyes or the colors you like to wear, making them all about you.

Decorate with Things You Love

Before even starting to decorate, think about what you love, what makes you feel comfortable and happy. Bring only those things to your home that define you and make them define your home. That’s what makes home decor really personal.

Use Wall Signs

The decor of your home evolves over time and consists of little details that you add over time. So you will bring the accents that feel right and make you comfortable. Using wall signs is a simple way to convey a message and make a room a little more original.

Create Contrast

One of the best rules of home decor is to avoid uniformity because it looks cookie cutter and boring. So use contrasting furniture and styles, juxtapose things to create contrast.

Create Drama in Small Rooms

A small room looks most original when it’s the world of its own. So don’t be afraid to use a lot of detail, wall accents, and patterns, color explosion to create dramatic decor.

Use Whimsical Elements

Nothing adds character better than small surprises around the home.

Greet Guests with an Accent Piece

As soon as guests enter your home the first thing they see should set the mood and give a glimpse of what’s to come. Make the first impression count.

Use Curved Furniture

Soften the edges with curved furniture and your decor immediately breaks away from the default cookie cutter style.

Mix and Match

Mixing and matching furniture, materials and patterns is the major tool of creating original decor so make proper use of it. Avoid all matching furniture sets and try to mix in different finishes.

Make Use of Display Cabinets

Display cabinets are great to show off your hobbies, personal things and your life in general. But don’t overload the shelves, use empty space to emphasize and group items together. You shouldn’t try to put everything you have on display, pick things selectively and change them up from time to time.

Don’t forget that a display cabinet can find a place in other rooms than the living room, and it makes a great accent in the kitchen, for example.

Use Mirrors

Mirrors provide a unique way to add original accents while being functional. So find a place somewhere on your walls to make use of them in any room possible.

Wall Art and Pictures

Last but not least, and the most obvious way to make your home decor original is, of course, using wall art and pictures. It’s where you can really use your creativity and personalize.

A Club Chair

Whether it’s leather or an upholstered chair, it’s essential to a reading nook or a personal cozy place in your home to crawl up in. A club chair is a timeless classic, that’s why we find it essential.

Luxury Throw Blankets

You need at least one cashmere or silk blanket in a deep color or pattern that will add style to any piece of furniture. A gorgeous throw blanket will make a stunning accent anywhere.

A Big Comfy Sofa

Big Comfy Sofa

A sofa big enough to stretch on and be able to seat at least three people without cramping up is absolutely essential for a well decorated and comfortable home.

Wool Area Rug

Wool Area Rug

Pick a pattern that you’ll love and get a soft wool area rug that will feel comfortable for your feet. It’s all about making your home cozy more than anything.

Art You Love

Wall art isn’t just about accents, matching colors and patterns, it’s more about what makes you feel good in your own home. So get art that you can fall in love with.

Organized Bookshelves

A bookshelf tells a story and it will store many tales of you and your home, so to speak. This is where you will show off your life, so it’s essential that you keep it organized with your favorite books, accessories and collectibles.

Matching Towels

The choice of towels is an essential part to bathroom decor so getting sets of towels in your favorite patterns will provide you a powerful decorating tool.

A Tall Plant

It’s almost impossible to avoid the boxed out feel in a room unless you do something about those edges. Tall houseplants are perfect at this because they will add depth instantly and soften the edges placed in any corner.

A Quality Mattress

No matter how strict your budget is, don’t save on a mattress. It’s not so much essential to the look of the bedroom as for your health and wellness. And a well decorated home is one where you feel well yourself.

Bathroom Accessories That Aren’t Cheap

Bathroom Accessories

Your home isn’t a cheap hotel so why would you use plastic disposable accessories in your bathroom? Invest in attractive and long lasting essentials for a well decorated bathroom.

A Round Dining Table

A roundtable that hosts six people is a classic and solves multiple home decor dilemmas related to the room layout and hosting multiple guests.

A Pharmacy Lamp

Another timeless classic that you can use just about anywhere from the bedroom to the living room and even the bathroom, wherever extra lighting is needed.

Two Nightstands

Small spaces sometimes dictate home decor that isn’t exactly ideal. If you can, try to keep it symmetrical and have two nightstands at each side of the bed. It’s isn’t just about the visual look too – it’s much more comfortable if you share the bed with your partner.

Real Napkins

Host dinners like a real adult person and get some real napkins. They aren’t that expensive and are so much classier than paper napkins.

At Least 3 Light Sources in a Room

Most rooms we see are very underlit. Lighting is crucial to home decorating so make sure you have at least three light sources in a room. Create layers of light with recessed light, chandeliers, lamps and sconces to eliminate all those unnecessary shadows.

Fresh Flowers or Herbs

If you’re not a flower person (you’re a guy living alone, we get it), you’ll benefit from growing fresh herbs in the kitchen. Having something fresh in your home is a great way to keep it lively all year round.

Vintage Dishware

There are so many uses for vintage dishware in home decorating that it’s pretty much essential to have a few pieces of it. From accents in the kitchen to makeshift planters, the pastel colors and patterns that vintage dishes usually have give you a lot to experiment with.

Under the Bed Storage

Even if you just add a few baskets under the bed, that space is better used for storage than left empty to collect dust.

Beautiful Boxes

Collect beautiful boxes, either buying them for storage or keeping fancier shoe boxes. They will always come in handy to store little things and even hide the unsightly eyesores.

Use Patterns in Neutral Colors

Patterns in Neutral Colors

Having a neutral color palette means you have to play with patterns. Keep the patterns subtle without popping colors, but find a combination that adds depth to the room.

Create a Gallery Wall

Having a full blown picture gallery wall is a great way to personalize the room with pictures that tell your story.

Create Wall Paint Patterns

This idea goes back to using patterns to add depth to the space, only this time think beyond the textiles. This wall paint strip creates a different decor flow and makes an accent of neutral colors, pictures and suspended shelves for display.

Get a Piece of Unique Furniture

Get a Piece of Unique Furniture

A vintage dresser, or a fancy side table, get any unique or fancy furniture that pops out in your decor to add instant personality.

Make the Bookshelves Pop

There are several DIY ways to make the bookshelves pop, but one of our favorites is the wallpaper backboard. Add a subtle pattern wallpaper to create an accent.

A Different Approach to a TV in Decor

Instead of adding a TV on its own shelf in a bookshelf or a cabinet and letting it disappear, install it in front of the bookshelf and make it the center piece that brings the display together.

Create Personal Lighting

We’ve talked a thousands times before but it’s worth saying again, layered lighting can make or break the room decor. Get several lamps, install recessed light dimmers, add new fixtures, and find the lighting that is pleasing to you personally.

Stack, Don’t Clutter Up

Your personal this-and-thats make great displays but don’t throw them around randomly, stack them and group them up to find an aesthetic look.

Get a Fancy Mirror

Ornate brass or gilded mirror frames make the perfect accent in a neutral home decor.

Experiment with Subtle Wall Decals

Adding personality to a neutral decor is all about keeping it subtle. Try light floral patterns to add that subtlety.

Wooden Finish Furniture

Wooden Finish Furniture

Wooden finish furniture add warmth, character and personality, so try adding a coffee table, or stools in timber or similar finish.

Coarsely Woven Rugs

Coarse rugs take the edge off a strictly neutral look and make it softer, warmer and more personal.

Paint a Door in Chalk Paint

A quirky way to add a personal accent in neutral scheme is black chalk paint. You’ll have an empty canvas for creative personal touch from thereon-in.

French Decor Style

Elegant French home decor is the embodiment of combining homespun comforts with European elegance. It uses a chic and muted color palette that incorporates natural wood, exquisite hues of gold and flax and burlap colored fabrics. Patina is also used to highlight detailing in metal. This injects quiet elegance and adds a rich sense of style to a room.

French Decor Chic Colors

Accessories are integral parts of elegant French home decor. Well-designed scrolling metalwork and vintage-inspired designs enable versatile accessories to adapt to various styles of homes. Whether you have a rustic elegant home or a shabby chic cottage, it will be enhanced by the right French home décor.

Vintage Accessories in French Home Decor

Architectural Inspirations

French flavor can be easily injected into a room via architectural details that throw back to yesteryear. However, the look can be created without having to live in a primeval chateau. To add charm to your French-inspired kitchen, you can incorporate hand-scraped wood beams and rustic stone tiles. The look can also be enhanced by patina finishes, intricate molding details and curved archways.

French Rustic Kitchen Decor

French Country

French country décor is a meeting of rustic country and European sophistication. This inviting and graceful style can use old-world characters to accomplish the French country look. It strikes the perfect balance between comfort and beauty and the style can be seamlessly incorporated into both country houses and elegant homes. You can introduce this warm, welcoming design style to your home by adding soft patterns and soothing hues, pretty furnishings and noteworthy accent pieces.

Elegant French Home Design Soft Patterns

Provincial patterns and fine-looking fabrics are hallmarks of the French country style. More delicate patterns and softer colors are used to balance the hectic lifestyles that exist these days. Lacy accents, decorative trims and attractive fringes provide an elegant finish.French Home Decor Lacy Patterns

Notable materials and decorative faux finishes can be used to accomplish the old-world style of elegant French home decor.

Architectural Mirrors

Use architectural design mirror frames to add architectural interest to your home decor. It’s much easier than adding crown molding, for example, and a mirror in this style can have a very dramatic effect.

Fake Windows

Mirrors can be used as decorative windows, especially placed on the walls against real windows. This way they reflect the light to make the room brighter and make a decorative statement at the same time.

Mirror Gallery Wall

Picture gallery walls make a strong statement as a decor feature, but mirrors are that much more effective. They don’t have to be matched to wall color or room palette, the only thing you have to think about are the frames.

Mirror Frames

When it comes to mirror frames, you have a lot to experiment with – from the popular sunburst frames to traditional rectangles, accent round frames and everything in between. Our tip is to create a mirror wall and add to it as you pick up accent mirrors over time.

Vignette Mirrors

Mirrors in Home Decor ideas

A mirror behind a vignette works as a great backdrop that elevates the composition. Hang mirrors over display surfaces for this dramatic effect.

Layered Empty Frames

Add depth to a mirror by simply placing an empty picture frame against it. For example, this round frame gives the rectangle mirror new shape without even having to re-frame it. You can put to use any old vintage frames you may have.

Fake Garden Windows

Similar to the interior decor, architectural mirror frames can make decorative windows on the walls or the fence in your garden or patio.

Outdoor Mirrors

Having a mirror on the wall of the porch or patio will make it feel more like a room.

Focal Point Mirrors

Mirrors are great focal points that bring everything together. For example, this gallery wall makes use of a round mirror as an anchor for varied size pictures.

Black Kitchen Cabinets

Black Home Decor ideas

We like introducing some contrast to the kitchen with black cabinets. Black isn’t dominant here, rather it contrasts with white cabinets and walls, as well as the subway tile pattern.

Black Lighting Fixtures

If you want to add black accents in a more subtle way but one that still has a dramatic impact, try black pendants, lamps and other lighting fixtures. They don’t distract from the rest of decor but make their presence felt.

Black Staircase

Painting the staircase black is a great way to make a strong accent, and if it’s mixed with soft wood finish you get a sophisticated and masculine style. In any case, black stairs will work with any color scheme.

Black Accent Furniture

It will always create drama in a room, especially if combined with metallic finishes of other decor pieces, such as this mirror frame, table lamps and Chinese garden stools.

Black Appliances

If you’re one for decor trends, black stainless steel is this year’s feature in the kitchen. Black appliances create a break in the kitchen style where other colors and patterns are used, usually in soft grey hues or whites.

Black Accent Pillows

It isn’t common to go for black accent pillows unless you’re going for a complete black and white decor style, and well, black doesn’t pop like other colors. However, a black throw pillow provides a visual break and it can be used to introduce a new pattern.

Black Pattern Rugs

Bring the room together with a black pattern rug as the anchor. It doesn’t draw attention away form the room decor and doesn’t disturb the color flow while still providing the warmth and softness.

Black Striped Curtains

Similarly, you can dress the windows in a black and white pattern curtains to add depth and actually make the windows look bigger.

Get One Fancy Lighting Fixture

Fancy Lighting Fixture

Get a lighting fixture or a chandelier that looks interesting. It makes a big accent and draws attention while making it seem well thought out and expensive.

Embrace the Moldings

Moldings are the sign of luxury for a reason, they add depth and dimension to the room and make it look finished. They aren’t expensive to add too, and you can even do it yourself.

Upgrade Your Textiles

Throw pillow casings and covers are go-to accents in the living room and bedroom, by upgrading them you’re increasing the perceived value of your home. Choose elegant materials like linen, cotton or even silk and avoid cheap looking polyester. Get bigger plushier throw pillows for the living room sofa to amp up the elegant appearance.

Style Your Windows

Getting the window treatments right is a big aspect of an elegant home, so much so that it can make or break the appearance you want to create. You don’t have to use expensive drapery, you can quite easily style the curtains and shades to make it look elegant. If you’re going to use drapes, avoid the cheap looking polyester fabric.

Match the Hardware Finishes

Elegant and matching finishes of cabinet pull handles, faucets and lighting fixtures in the kitchen and the bathroom give a luxe appearance. Change them to match or use spray paint to match the color at the very least.

Expose Hardwood Floor

Exposed Hardwood Floor

Wall to wall carpeting and big rugs make the room look soft but the hardwood or even laminate floor looks classic and elegant. That’s the look we’re going for so leave the floor bare and go easy with rugs.

Fake the Built-in Look

Built-in cabinets break the elegant forms of moldings and classic wall design. If you like big shelving space, use big floor to ceiling cabinets and secure them with crown molding.

Embellish the Ceiling

Ceiling embellishments are accents to luxurious decor. So make the ceiling stand out for an expensive look by embellishing the area around light fixtures with a ceiling medallion or vinyl decals.


Practical Home Decor Ideas

Practical Home Decor Ideas

Decorating your home is a never-ending quest for new ideas to make it beautiful, original but that the same time functional and practical. Usually, it’s the small things and attention to detail that makes it work.

Today, we’re giving you cool DIY projects and practical ideas to try at home, and we are sure you definitely haven’t tried at least some of them before. So go ahead and check them out to create your own Pinterest worthy decor.

Tape Picture Frames

Tape Picture Frames

Missing a few more frames for wall art? Don’t rush to the store to buy them, you can try using Washi tape for makeshift frames that look chic.

Spray Paint the Door Mat

Make a regular doormat extraordinary by spray painting it in a pattern. It’s a relatively easy project that requires only a can of spray paint and a stencil that you can make yourself.

Hang Art and Mirrors with Rope

Add more style to your wall hangings by using a rope to hang an accent mirror or a picture frame. We recommend sticking to just one accent piece hung with rope, though.

Display Your Perfume Bottle Collection

Put those perfume bottles on display in the bedroom or bathroom because they are worth it. You can even use a simple spice rack or even a cake stand instead of a special rack.

Paint the Sink Accent Color

Painting a sink in an accent color (especially apron sinks) is an easy way to make your kitchen trendy. Choose soft pastel colors that contrast with the cabinets and walls.

Crown Molding Shelf

A great way to prettify suspended shelves is using crown molding and you can even install one over the door for extra storage or display.

Embellish with Nail Heads

Refresh that old cabinet, dresser or a table by embellishing it with custom patterns of thumbtacks. It’s a great way to add that glamorous metallic finish.

Use Teapots as Vases

Instead of regular vases, use vintage teapots when you bring fresh flower home to get a chic look.

Bed Pockets

Very easily installed bed pockets like these are perfect to store and organize various small bedroom items, books, or phones.

Use Lacquered Trays

A lacquered tray elevates just about any vignette or an arrangement of items and can be used just about anywhere – in the bathroom, living room or the kitchen.

Desk Shelf in the Window

Window sills can be turned into benches, tables, and nooks. And if your windows have no sills, you can still make use of that space by installing a DIY shelf against the window like this.

Faux Marble Finish

Getting that trendy marble finish look is easier and cheaper than you think by simply adding a self-adhesive wallpaper to the tabletop.

Fix Up with a Seagrass Rug

A big rug or carpet is a great decor piece that anchors the entire room but they can be expensive. If you’re on a budget, choose a seagrass rug as an affordable alternative that fits in just about any style.

Hide the Eyesores

Nothing breaks home decor more than the eyesores like ugly switches, outlets, panels, vents, AC and heating units. Find a way to camouflage them.

Use Art Creatively

Pebble Art

Wall art decorates empty space, but take a step further and besides the cliche art and family pictures add something creative. Think about something that would be a conversation starter, like this pebble art picture.

Add Something Quirky

Quirky Home Decor Idea

A quirky accessory like these lanterns adds an instant coolness that attracts the eye.

Paint Kitchen Cabinets in a Dramatic Color

Dark tones create contrast and add drama to the decor. It’s not a tip for everyone but a great idea if the dramatic decor is your thing.

Use a Decorative Marquee

Home Decor Marquee

A marquee adds a fun and interesting quality to home decor. Use it to immediately draw attention when entering a room.

Create Accent Walls with Wallpaper

Wallpaper is a quick and easy way to create an accent wall or even just a fragment of the wall.

Learning to Mix Patterns Takes Time

Matching busy patterns takes a lot of practice and can create decor with a strong character. So don’t be afraid to experiment and take your time, you’ll get there eventually.

Don’t Hide the TV

TVs aren’t big ugly boxes anymore, so there’s no need to hide them. A new modern design TV looks good enough to be easily incorporated into home decor.

Use Side Tables

Seeing a side table next to a couch or a chair is inviting to grab a drink and make yourself comfortable. Use them everywhere.

Make Use of a Monochromatic Palette

There’s nothing wrong with a safe monochromatic palette and it actually has many benefits. You can blend in big furniture into neutral colors and make other accessories stand out. If it fits your style, by all means, go for it.

Avoid Home Decor Cliches

Home Decor Cliches

Overthinking and following too many home decor rules results in cliches. Don’t try to make your home into something that can be found in a catalog, make it personal and all about you and what makes you comfortable instead.

Don’t Push Everything Against the Walls

It may be a small room and pushing every piece of furniture against the walls might seem like a good idea but don’t do that. Pulling the furniture just a couple of inches away from the wall creates a better flow.

Don’t Be Afraid of Color Accents

Adding accessories in vibrant colors may seem like a risky choice but adding color in small pinches is an easier and safer way to do it. Look for small pieces of furniture, throw pillows, display accessories that add accent without being overwhelming.

Make It About You

Don’t follow a single home decor style strictly unless that’s really what you want to do. Your home should represent you so give yourself a complete freedom to decorate the way you like.

Use Slipcovers on White Furniture

White furniture is great, it is classic and timeless, it gives a sophisticated vibe so naturally it’s a valuable decor asset. But keeping it white all the time can be a challenge, especially if you own pets or have kids. Enter washable slipcovers that can be bleached. Use them and you’ll be able to enjoy crisp whites in your living room without a worry in your head.

Creating Drama in Neutral Decor

Neutral decor is appealing, it has a classic timeless quality that goes with any style. If you like to play it safe, a neutral palette will always be your go-to decorating tool. But neutral is not interesting, even boring. How do you go about adding interest without adding color (there are reasons why you’d want to avoid color)? Use big statement art in the same hues but interesting shapes and patterns.

Use Tall Furniture in the Kitchen

The kitchen is where you spend a lot of time and it’s the place where functional design is very important. If you choose a tall table and pick high stools, it can double as the dining table and a kitchen island.

Dining Area as the Work Space

The dining area in your home may not be the most frequented space so anything you can do to give it a second purpose is definitely welcome, especially if it’s a smaller home. How about double timing it as a work space?

Command Hooks for the Curtain Rod

If there’s any reason why you wouldn’t be able to drill holes (or you don’t want to), a brilliant solution is hanging the curtain rod with command hooks that are easy to stick on the wall and remove if necessary. They have a whimsical decor element to them too.

Use Table Cloth Fabrics as Curtains

Curtains don’t have to be actual curtains and you may already have beautiful embroidered table cloth fabrics stashed away. Bring them out and hang them as DIY curtains to showcase beautiful patterns and save a little money.

Embrace the Floor Pillows

Japanese floor pillow cushion

Accommodating a larger number of guests may be a challenge when it comes to seating. For one, you may not be able to store that many chairs at home and their costs can add up too much for occasional use. Even inexpensive poufs may not be enough, so when it comes to excessive seating, floor pillows can be a real lifesaver.

Make Use of the Dead Space with Narrow Bookshelves

There’s always plenty of dead space in any home, space that is just useless. You can make use of it by hanging narrow bookcases and add extra storage. You can take advantage even of the most inconvenient space this way.

Jewelry Tiebacks

Use jewelry for curtain tiebacks to add a little class. This solves two problems – curtain styling and making use of old jewelry that you may not have been wearing for a long time.

Shelving Just Below the Ceiling

When the horizontal space is lacking, there’s always vertical space to work with. Add shelving just below the ceiling to make use of it.


Decorating Home with Houseplants

Decorating Home with Houseplants

Decorating with indoor vine plants is increasingly popular as an option to freshen up interiors and we love this trend. It’s a great way to make your home decor interesting for many reasons. Firstly, live plants add a very positive note to space and there are so many creative things you can do with vines.

From simple but meaningful decoration of shelves and walls to a brilliant indoor trellis that makes your home come alive. Check out these ideas and consider adding indoor vines to your home decor as well.

Decorate Shelves

A simple way to decorate a shelf with vine is to let is sit and grow down freely. It especially adds substance and interest to open shelves.

Interesting Indoor Trellis Structure

An interesting structure for an indoors trellis like this lets a climbing vine decorate your wall as good as any decor piece.

Hanging Vine Planters

Find creative ways how to decorate your home with indoor vines

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Simply hanging planters from the wall or ceiling is a quick way to add a vine plant in just about any corner of your home. And what a great option it is.

Picture Frame Planters

Love the idea for picture frame indoor vine planters

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This is one of the most creative ways to decorate your home with vines. A picture frame that incorporates a planter is a whimsical and an interesting way to add plants to your wall decor.

Simple Rustic DIY Indoor Trellis

We absolutely love this quick and easy trellis for the kitchen wall. It’s made by simply tying branches together in free form and it makes the perfect structure with a lot of decor interest in rustic style.

Suspended Vine Planters

Create nice wall decoration patterns with suspended indoor vine wall planters

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Positioning suspended wall planter shelves gives you a way to create creative wall decor compositions with vine.

Hanging Corner Vine Planters

Hanging a vine plant in a corner of a room softens the edges and removes the boxed out effect. Climber vines can also further add to wall decor.

Rustic Planter Beam

Love this rustic idea to decorate with indoor vine

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A rustic beam provides a place for the indoor vine to grow and it makes an excellent decor accent. It works really well in minimalist decor.

DIY Indoor Trellis

An indoor trellis can come very simple. Here’s a DIY option that you can easily make for wall decor.

Shower Vine

Having enough natural light in the bathroom gives you an option to grow plants. Indoor vines look really great in this space.

Outdoor Planter Inside

If you’re looking for a shabby chic accent for your home decor, try bringing an outdoor vase inside. It’s unexpected but very appealing.

Vine Curtain

This idea is simply brilliant. Grow indoor vine in the window to create a live curtain.

Full Wall Vines

Vine can easily decorate an entire wall in its natural pattern. It gives the decor an instant boho vibe.

Window Vine

Growing plants that need lots of sunlight close to the window is necessary, but you can take it further with vines by letting them embrace the window frame itself.

Bookshelf Vine

A simple bookshelf placed in this position is boring but adding vine to it changes the look completely. It’s a great example how plants can transform home decor.

Door Curtain Vine

Love the idea to create a door curtain from vine

If you need to separate space with door curtains, try a live vine plant. It’s a committing project but it may be just what your home decor needs.

Wall Mounted Pods

Lovely wall mounted vine planter

A simple wall mounted planter with a delicate string of pearls vine is a things of classy beauty.

Shower Curtain Rod Trellis

Love the idea to use the shower curtain rod as a trellis for indoor vine

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Natural light in the bathroom gives you another option to use the shower curtain as an indoor trellis. Simply brilliant.

Bedroom Vine Trellis

Love the idea for a DIY trellis to decorate the bedroom

Create an accent headboard with a vine trellis in your bedroom. This simple idea can completely transform your room with minimal effort.

Let It Grow on the Wall

Letting vine grow freely on the wall is perhaps one of the easiest ways to decorate an empty wall without having to resort to boring wall pictures.

More Indoor Vine Trellis Structures

Love this indoor trellis structure for vine plants

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Here’s another indoor trellis structure for wall decor. Install it and let the plant do the rest.

Bathroom Vines

Bathroom decor comes alive with the help of vine plants.

Indoor Vines in Industrial Style

Love this bedroom decor with ivy plant

Indoor vines look particularly interesting in industrial style decor with some modern elements.

Decorative Fruit Trees

If you care to commit to growing a fruit tree or two (like citrus trees), you’ll be rewarded not only with fresh greenery and pops of orange and yellow, but delicious natural scents too.

Mini Indoor Garden

Mini Garden

Have a creative side that needs to be fulfilled? Try creating a gorgeous mini harden that can live on a window sill. Succulents are perfect for this but you can use any type of houseplants. Check out this gallery for mini garden ideas.

Teacup Planters

Your old teacups make perfect planters for small houseplants. Pick vintage cups for a wonderful addition of pops of color and patterns.

A Tall Plant

It’s almost impossible to avoid the boxed out feel in a room unless you do something about those edges. Tall houseplants are perfect at this because they will add depth instantly and soften the edges placed in any corner.

Place Plants in Corners

And if you do not care for a big plant which can be quite committing, simply put a smaller houseplant on a stool or a side table and place it in the corner.

Decorate with Orchids

Houseplants are great for your home decor (especially in spring) but orchids have a special place because they add elegance and they can last for months.

Houseplants on Every Window Sill

If your home has window sills, it’s a no-brainer to put at least one plant on every sill yet it’s so often forgotten. And even if you don’t have the privilege of window sills, you can still place houseplants near the windows where there’s plenty of light.

Decorate the Kitchen with Fresh Herbs

Growing your own herbs is not only healthy but has great decorative value if you use, for example, suspended wall pods.

Research Every Plant

Whatever you do, always research your plants before you bring them home. You have to make sure the conditions in your home are sufficient enough for any specific type of a houseplant to live. Here are a few tips on making sure you can keep them alive.


Cool and Fun Home Decor Ideas

Cool and Fun Home Decor Ideas

We all want to make our home look beautiful and unique, personal and one of a kind, a place where we would feel cozy but which we could also show off to our guests. And sometimes the quest for the perfect home decor goes a little bit crazy. Sometimes a home decor project becomes an adventure in its self.

And that’s not a bad thing, because even crazy ideas sometimes work wonders. I’d like to invite you to be just a little bit more adventurous in your next home decor project and don’t be afraid to do something out of the ordinary.

Suspend Plants from the Ceiling

Greenery brings life home and you don’t have to limit yourself to tabletop pods and vases. Suspended from the ceiling pods may look a bit crazy but this setup allows you to have plants in places otherwise inaccessible.

Decorate with Dry Branches

Bring some nature back to your home with dry branches.

Bring Back the Bicycle

It’s not the first time this bicycle makes an appearance in my articles, and it’s just so crazy that it works.

Crazy Bookshelves

They come in lots of shapes, forms, and arrangements. While you don’t have to go as elaborate as this particular design, some irregular form will mix things up.

Paint the Stairs

Those steps provide enough unused estate to paint, color, wallpaper or even graffiti.

Surprising Crafts

Add shocking elements with handcrafted furniture and decorations.

Pick a Theme

Pick a theme and stick to it, like this bohemian jungle bedroom decor.

Spray Gold

Overuse of gold spray paint may seem a tad crazy but that’s exactly what we want.

Home Museum

Do you have a collection to show? Don’t be afraid to turn your room into a mini-museum.

Dizzying Wallpaper

You might get vertigo seeing this wallpaper pattern but it will surely leave an impression.

Suspended Ceiling Chair

I’ve always found those things a bit crazy but perhaps that’s what your interior design needs.

Door Signs

How about putting a sign over each door in your house to tell which room is which? Your guests will never get lost.

Be Proud of Your Mug Collection

If you’re anything like me, you have a big mug collection too. Don’t hide it in a cupboard, create a mug display wall. Check out our other DIY mug rack ideas.

Stained Glass Door

Enjoy the light show every sunny afternoon.

Broken Kitchen Countertop

Kitchen countertops come in many materials, and if you get one made of, say, amethyst, you can show it off with a broken corner.

Tile Mosaic

Mosaic Kitchen Backsplash

This idea works well in the kitchen or the bathroom, or wherever you lay tiles. Instead of a single tile pattern, use a variety of different tiles to create a wonderfully crazy mosaic.

Break the Rules

Experiment, break the rules, don’t be afraid to really go crazy, that’s how real art is born.

Door Stickers and Murals

The door doesn’t have to be empty, it’s a canvas waiting to be used for something great.

Living Walls

That’s right, you can get live plants on your walls.

Decorate Walls with Ceiling Medallions

Ceiling medallions aren’t just for embellishing the ceiling, they make great DIY wall art especially if painted in accent colors or soft hues. Whichever way you go, you can pick up some pretty stuff and use to fill up those walls.

Add Yellow

Yellow as a color has a psychological effect of making you feel happy so consider adding some accents in this color. You don’t have to paint the entire walls yellow, but if you can get a piece of furniture or just add some yellow accessories around the house it will have a positive impact.

Make Small Changes

Breaking the status quo makes people happy. You don’t have to take on a full remodeling project to make your home a happier place, even if you just rearrange the furniture it will brighten you up. The key here is making small changes from time to time.

Keep the Clutter Away

A cluttered home is an unhappy home. Organize your stuff so that you don’t have random items lying around your house. Read about how to organize small things and other ideas for storage.

Keep Seating Neutral

Bulky and busy pattern furniture make the room look heavy. Keep it light and neutral for a brighter mood.

Create a Nook

You don’t even have to commit to building a window sill nook or a built-in reading nook. Even if you just push a couch or a bed to the wall and throw some pillows on for seating, a cozy little corner to crawl up into with a good book can be a big mood booster.

Let the Light In

Metallic Home Decor Accents

More light means more happiness. So take full advantage of your windows, let in as much natural light as possible, use mirrors to distribute it around the room. Take care of your lighting, update your light fixtures and use shade lamps to create the perfect lighting.

Make Your Home Personal

Your home will make you happy only if it’s your personal space. Learn how to make it personal and original.

Bring the Nature In

Live plants and flowers bring the spirit up so get some pods with greenery and flowers to liven your place up.

Use White

Bright colors, especially white, lift the mood up and make everything look lighter. Consider painting the walls white especially if the space lacks natural lighting.

Use Wallpaper for an Accent

You don’t have to wallpaper the entire room (and probably shouldn’t) but you can create an accent wall, a kitchen backsplash or even a bookcase backboard with wallpaper to set the mood.

Add More Colors

Yes, more bright cheerful colors make the place look happier, and you don’t have to commit to painting, it can be just small accessories like throw pillows that bring color to your home.

A Greeting Front Door

Front Door Decor

The front door is the first thing your guests see so you can use an accent color or even vinyl decals like in this example to set an uplifting mood even before entering the house.

Use Functional Accessories

Accessorizing is a big part of home decor but take it a step further and use accessories with a double purpose, like this dog statue used as a hat rack. This whimsical and surprising accent is a real mood setter.

Use More Shiny Gold

You can use more shiny objects around the house to make it more fun, a gold spray paint is an easy way to do it.

Make the Curtains Count

You can quickly and affordably transform the space with the right curtains. We even have a number of ideas of curtain styling for you to choose from.

Mix Old and New

Breaking out of a uniform style is a trait of home decor with character. So get a piece of vintage furniture, or go the other way and get something very modern.

Make Way for Display

Character is all about display. Think in terms of every item as a display item, be it throw pillows, bottles, books or pictures. Use open display cabinets and create vignettes. Remember, you don’t have to do this all in one day, your home style evolves over time as you add and remove things.

Use Clocks

Wall Clock Decor

A decorative clock is a strong accent that’s both, functional and giving character. Consider having a clock in every room (even bathroom).

Make Use of the Unused Space

Unused space is unflattering and it’s the perfect place to create character. Use it for storage, houseplants, create vignettes. Try to go for something whimsical and unusual.

Mix and Match Cabinets

Cabinets all in one set are boring and do nothing to add character. Mix and match different cabinets, and if it’s too late (or too expensive) for that, paint them different accent colors, or even just replace the pull handles of the doors and drawers.

Add Interesting Architectural Elements

Interesting Architectural Elements

If your home lacks architectural interest, you can make it more interesting by dividing space with detailed folding screens, curtains, or panes. They are quite easily installed and aren’t very committing, so you can experiment and remove them if you aren’t happy with the result.

Add an Accent to the Curtain Rod

This small element is often overlooked as we tend to focus on window dressing, but installing a fancy curtain rod would make an unexpectedly brilliant accent.

Add Inset Panels to Doors

If you have inset style doors somewhere in your home, be it cabinets or room doors, add pattern panels to them and transform the look completely.

Paint Room Edges

Usually we like to soften the edges of a room, but we can go the other way too and put an accent on the edges to add architectural interest.

Add Light Fixtures in Unexpected Places

We are used to seeing light fixtures at the center of the ceiling or over dining tables, but a fixture in a corner over a reading chair is rather unexpected but flattering.

Frame Silks for Wall Art

Framed Silks Wall Art

Framed pictures and art prints are great for wall art, but framed silks add that extra dimension and whimsy.

Use a Chair As a Nightstand

It certainly is unexpected and rather ironical to use a chair for a nightstand, but it’s cheap to pull off and it gives your decor that chic look.

Use a Chest As a Coffee Table

Chests come in so many shapes and styles, there’s no reason why on wouldn’t make a great coffee table. It adds style and it’s functional.

Hang Art on Bookshelves

Add more depth to a bookshelf by hanging a picture in front. It brings the look together and you can hide any eyesores behind it.

Add Marble Wallpaper to Tabletops

Getting that marble finish look is easier and cheaper than you think by simply adding a wallpaper to the tabletop.

Create a Bar Bookshelf

Bar carts are great and all, but they are quite a cliche. Instead, why not turn a bookshelf into a home bar?

Hang Art Prints on Coat Hangers

Want an extra chic look? Use coat hangers to hang wall art. It’s certainly unexpected, not to mention cheaper and easier than finding the right frame.

Frame Flowers

Use an old picture frame to hang vases with flowers on a wall. Extra points if you find a vintage frame.

Decorate with Kids’ Stuff Too

If you have kids, don’t try to hide that fact by keeping kids’ stuff away from the “grown up” rooms. Integrate some children books and toys around the house in vignettes and make it part of your decor. Make it fun for your kids and yourself.

Add Decorative Hooks

Decorative Hooks

Make the entry way interesting by adding decorative hooks that will serve to hang your clothes and bags while filling in that empty wall. Bring your fashion clothes and accessories out of the closet and use them to decorate in a fun way.

Vintage Dishware As a Jewelry Stand

An amazingly simple but fun way to keep your jewelry is using old or vintage dishes as a stand by simply stacking them. You can use it on your vanity, bathroom or put on display in the living room as a whimsical accent.

Quilt Headboard

Here’s an easy and inexpensive alternative for a headboard. Install a curtain rod above your bed and hang a fabric such a quilt over it as a decorative headboard.

Cabinet Shelf Curtains

You may not always wish to have all of the shelves open for display. In that case you can add little shelf curtains and add a pop of color or accent pattern at the same time.

Decorative Doorways

It’s hard to say which part of home is decorated the least but some things are really often forgotten. This creates a great opportunity for you to be creative and unique. After all these two qualities require you to do what others don’t.

One of the most overlooked parts of home are the doorways. Sure, if the doorway has a door at all, it has some kind of design. But the doorway itself is left without an accent while there are so many things you can do with it to improve your interior design.

Decorative Doorway

This is a classic example of a doorway that matters. Done in 1930s the architect of this home had a plan from the start for a remarkable doorway.

Whimsical Pink Door

Paint a door in soft washed out pink (which is what rose quartz really is) to create instant whimsy in your decor and make it anything but boring.

Rose Quartz Curtains on a Gilded or Brass Rod

Rose Quartz Curtains

The combination of soft pink and metallic brass or gold oozes sophistication. A soft hue can be seen as neutral almost like a creamy white but it still maintains a touch of luxe.

Trendy Pink Rugs

Pink Accent Rug

Do you want to be trendy without committing? Choose a rug in large pattern and soft pink hues.

Mix Rose Quartz and Metallic

A blend of two trends – rose quartz and metallic brass or silver hardware gives your home a well rounded sophisticated look. If you want to use it as an accent, get a metallic lamp and a washed out pink chair for a quick and trendy look.

Pink Accent Walls

You may be as brave as painting your walls pink and you have two choices here – make a small accent wall or paint the walls with just a touch of pink hue that can be considered neutral. Use metallic finishes to complement the look.

Rose Quartz Kitchen Countertop

Whether you get a real rose quartz material countertop or use a faux one, the pattern and texture will make a strong sophisticated accent, especially when used with dark cabinets.

Pink Furniture

Furniture in a very soft pink hue, again, can be seen as creamy neutral but still add a little class to your living room. It pairs really well with another trend – hardwood floor in a warm grey finish.

Rose Quartz Accent Pillows

If pink paint or furniture is simply not your thing, you can add little trendy accents with good old accent pillows. It’s simply too easy not to try.

Wall Art in Pink

Another easy way to add pink accents to your home is by getting wall art that incorporates pink hues. It’s not as bold but sophisticated enough.

Accessorize in Pink

Rose quartz as a material is perfect to accessorize, such as using these wonderful candle holders that you can add to any room’s decor.

Small Accents in Pink

Another way to be trendy in a small but still meaningful way is to add dashes of rose quartz color in DIY projects and other small accents.

Pink Bedding

Don’t forget the bedding and get a throw or covers in rose quartz or other soft hues of pink. Pair it with dark grey or black pillows.

Creatively Paint the Door

Looking for a striking accent? Play with door styling. For example, add an unexpected accent by painting an edge of the door.

Picture Frame Jewelry Organizer

This little project isn’t just a jewelry organizer, it works as a wall art accent too. And it’s pretty easy to make following this tutorial.

Cake Stand for Kitchen Items

Do you have random kitchen tools and items lying around the countertop? Add some quick organization and class by using a simple cake stand to store them.

Spice up the Doorknobs

Do your doorknobs require some styling? It’s an easy way to add little accent around the house.

Shelf Brackets

Simple storage shelves look that much better with decorative brackets.

Decorate with Fresh Herbs

Growing your own herbs is not only healthy but has great decorative value if you use, for example, suspended wall pods.

Smart Drawer Organization

Drawer organization is not a trivial matter. Diagonal division, for example, is a more efficient way to use space.

Door Window Coverings

If you have a windowed door, a very quick and easy upgrade is to use a vintage pattern fabric as a shade.

Stylized Drawer Handles

Replacing drawer handles is easy but you can add very appealing accents this way.

Create a Piece of Art

I strongly believe that your home must have something handmade by you. Creatively painting a chair with fabric paint can be one of those things. And it’s really easy to do.

Get a Furry Office Chair

If your home has a home office or work area, you can spice it up with this furry chair design.

Unfinished Decor

Leave a half painted wall, incomplete patterns, to throw off the look and get an unexpected bohemian kick.

Create a High Focal Point

Normally the focal point is at the eye level but put it up high and it makes the ceiling look higher and the room bigger. Try it out and see if it lifts chins up.

Stack All Books Horizontally

You may have bundles of books stacked on the coffee table or a shelf, but an entire bookcase stacked horizontally has a powerful off beat look.

Hang Art Off the Center

Hang Art Off the Center

We usually hang art at the center of a wall to conform to the rules. What if you broke that rule and hung art in a completely unexpected place? The matter of fact is that there are many ways to create a gallery and you’re free to do it creatively.

Hang Pictures from the Ceiling

Step it up a little further and hang pictures on cables and lines from the ceiling. It will draw attention and give a very different outlook on the wall art.

Block the Access to the Windows

Yes, you can absolutely do that if it feels convenient. Just make sure you don’t put high furniture in front of a window and don’t block the light.

Wallpaper the Bookcase

It’s amazing what effect an accent wallpaper on the backboard of a bookshelf has. It’s almost a must do, yet few people are even aware of the idea.

Program the TV to Display Art

When you’re not watching the TV it just sits there in a blank screen. What if you turned it on and programmed it to display art?

Embellish the Ceiling

Look up and what do you see? If it’s just an empty white ceiling, you can do better than that. Add vinyl decals around a light fixture as ceiling embellishment.

Rope Vases

Instead of using the same old boring glass and ceramic flower vases, you can use rope to make a striped flower vase. This is a simple craft project which can be implemented by beginners. All you need is a piece of rope and glue. Apply some glue onto the outer wall of the vase and wrap the rope tightly around it. This will give the vase a rough texture which will be in perfect harmony with the soft flower petals.

Rope Door Handles

You do not need to use expensive metallic door and drawer handles in your home. A simple rope cut to the right length can do the job. You can tie the two ends of the rope to the drawer and use it as a drawer handle. The same idea can be applied to wardrobe door handles. In addition to being an inexpensive option, using a rope door handle will add to your home decor.

Rope Handrails

Instead of using metal in staircase handrails, you can use a thick piece of rope running from the bottom of the staircase to the top along the walls. In addition to offering guidance and support the rope handrail will add to the interior decor of your home.

Decorate with Toys

Decorate with Toys

Toys don’t get enough attention in home decor and that’s a pity. Cute and lovable toys can make great accents, especially if they’re vintage. And if they come from your childhood, their value is priceless.

Make Family Photos Count

Of course, you already have family photos on display somewhere in your home, but take it a step further and create wall art dedicated to your family and photos of your most important memories.

Decorate the Bathroom with Seashells

Decorate the Bathroom with Seashells

At first, it may sound like a cliche – we’ve seen seashells being used to decorate bathrooms far too many times. But if those seashells come from your travels, they have sentimental value that beats all cliches.

Keep Memory Jars

When it comes to traveling, try to get in a habit to make memory jars to be filled with memorabilia after each journey you take. They will make great display items and bring back the memories every time you see them.

Frame Your Kids’ Drawings

Kids grow up so fast, take the time to frame their drawings and capture those moments that will soon be left only in memories.

Use Heirlooms

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Whatever it is, a piece of furniture or a rare piece of art, don’t stash it away, keep it on display if not for the looks, then for it’s priceless sentimental value.

Frame the Key to Your First Home

Your first home will always have a special place in your heart, so frame it for a piece of art. You can also do the same with your childhood home key.


Unique Home Decor Ideas with Examples

The ideal unique home decor ideas ensure that the room space is comfortable, functional and aesthetically pleasing. More importantly, they capture the imagination of guests by standing out from the rest. This objective can be achieved without spending large amounts of money on a budget. The task can even be handled as a cool DIY project.

We’re all looking after the most unique decor ideas to make a house a home. They can be anything from small accents to an entire theme. In any case, they have to be doable and not just material for interior design magazines. So here is our collection of 30 unique home decor ideas that you can choose from!

Herringbone Accent Wall

This decor project demonstrates how easy it is to jazz up plain walls with a little imagination. It introduces the Herringbone patterns, which add character to the room.

Creative DIY Headboard with Storage

Build a unique rustic DIY headboard. The design concept used to redecorate a little boy’s bedroom in the project is a real masterpiece. It is easy to handle as a DIY undertaking yet the finishing is impressive.

Vintage Wine Rack

This handmade wine rack showcases an exquisite selection of wines in a stylish way while maintaining simplicity. It is made of wood, which contrasts nicely with the background. The inscription, ‘wine not’ adds to its appeal.

Crafty Built-in Bookshelf

This project creates a visual spectacle that provides a good platform to showcase a collection of ornaments, books and more. It can function as a mini library or display shelf.

Beautiful Built-in Bathroom Shelving

Incorporate an awesome bathroom decor by installing wooden shelves that complement the existing décor.

Rustic Kitchen Decor Accent Wall

Creating a heavenly look in the kitchen just got easier. The project incorporates wood, chandeliers, white walls and stylish cabinetry to create an eye-catching, sleek appearance.

Geometric Cabinet Under the Stairs

This project creates storage space below the stairway without compromising on aesthetics.

Industrial Pipe Shelves

Create a rustic shelf that contrasts nicely with white walls. It can hold a variety of decorative elements.

Horizon Lights

Add an artistic touch to the lighting by choosing fixtures with inspirational images.

Rustic Hanger

This project is a perfect choice for anyone looking to introduce a hanger that fits with a minimalist theme. It has never been easier to replace shiny new screws with some old rusty lag bolts.

Pallet Kitchen Cabinets

Using pallet wood to revamp your kitchen counters and cabinets create a great rustic vibe. Consider combining it with industrial elements as well, for this great look.

Shower Tiles

This amazing décor boasts a mix of traditional and modern design elements, including geometric pattern tiles, bronze details, and gray walls. The inscription on the wall captures the mood.

Stunning Skylight

This project is based on a minimalist theme that creates an exquisite look. The well-designed skylight is undoubtedly the room’s focal point.

Dazzling Living Room Decor

Adding a splash of color does wonders to any room. This project transforms the room using bold colors that contrast beautifully. The color scheme creates an impactful appearance that stands out.

Cute Farmhouse Door and Chalkboard Decor

The combination of a farmhouse door and chalkboard wall elements provides an inspirational backdrop for any room. The farm door can work in different rooms, including the laundry room or the kitchen.

Creative Bathroom Mirror

A modern bathroom design that combines artistic elements, beautiful tiles, and elegant lighting to create a stunning decor. The artistic mirror with a full-size wooden frame is the focal point in the room.

Cozy Bathroom

This home decor project allows you to create a cozy bathroom that looks contemporary and stylish. It features a towel rack made of wood that also holds the lamp.

Dreamscape Bathroom Wallpaper

Create an enchanting bathroom space by simply adding dreamscape wallpaper. The design manages to infuse character to the room and complements the chandelier and other decorative elements beautifully.

Stunning DIY Farmhouse Bathroom Decor

Add a personal touch to the bathroom by introducing classic mirrors with rustic frames. The project also incorporates multiple picture frames to create an amazing appearance.

Charming Bathroom Design

This project brings texture and character to the bathroom by introducing wood vanity elements, which contrast beautifully with the white walls. The golden faucets, pipes and other fixtures complement the wood.

Farmhouse Scale Centerpiece

This farmhouse scale is so refreshing on multiple levels. It allows homeowners to add different types of decorative elements, including flowers, candles or some green to the room.

Nesting Reclaimed Wood Tables

These nesting tables are loaded with personality and they help enhance the appearance of any living room. They add a welcome touch of elegance and simplicity.

Spooky Kitchen Design

Go classic with this gothic kitchen design that is sure to have your friends talking. Some of the kitchen elements are drawn from the World War II era.

Opulent Kitchen DIY Design

Making the most of the available space to create a stunning kitchen décor just got easier. This project involves the creation of a refreshing look that combines exquisite floral elements and glass chandeliers.

Unique Copper Pipe Chandelier

Create an outstanding work of art that transforms any room. This piece is guaranteed to captivate your visitors. It comes as no surprise that the design claimed top honors at the International Design and Architecture Awards 2016.

Repurposed Picture Frames

This DIY project enhances the appearance by adding a classic picture frame look. It involves the use of an old wooden window frame as a stylish backdrop for mantel décor or a rustic-style wreath.

DIY Coffee Bar

Enhancing the kitchen area takes a couple of planks, some paint, decorative glass bottles and mugs. The design can compete with any top coffee bar design without breaking the bank.

Rustic Bedroom Headboard

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Placing an inspirational headboard in a bedroom is one way to brighten up the mood. The project uses wood to create a masterpiece that comes with a star detail that hovers above the headboard.

Floral Picture Frame

Brightening up any room has never been easier thanks to this floral picture frame. It brings elegance to the plain walls.

Moon Wall Art

A combination of well-chosen artwork and a brick wall background provide an inspirational touch that can transform any room.


Small Space Decorating Ideas

Small Space Decorating Ideas

It doesn’t matter if you’re decorating a really small room or a room that could just use some more space, if you can make it look visually bigger, you’ll get accolades for your decor work. Home decor is, after all, not only about the looks and style but function too – an efficient use of room space is one.

So today, we’re giving you some very simple ideas how you can transform a room to make it look bigger than it really is.

Use Wider Curtains

Wider curtains will make the window look bigger and naturally the room itself. So pick a longer rod and make those curtains much wider than the window.

Use Big Wall Art

Small wall art is fine, but nothing makes as strong a statement as big wall art that occupies the majority of wall space. In turn, it does make the room look visually bigger.

Negative Space

Don’t make the mistake thinking that every inch of a small room has to be put to use. Filling it with furniture and decor pieces will only make it look cluttered. Make sure you use negative space for every piece you add to the room to balance it out.

Use a Big Rug

In order for a room to look bigger, you have to avoid dividing the space visually. So for a rug, choose a big one that will anchor all the furniture and keep the space together.

Place Light Sources Lower

One of they ways to make the room higher is to focus on floor, table lamps and wall fixtures, instead of recessed lighting. So get recessed light dimmers and use the low sitting lamps as the main light source.

Use Wallpapers and Mirrors

Small spaces can feel boxed out, so add depth by using wallpapers and mirrors. Using big wall mirrors, in fact, is a great way to create an illusion of a bigger room.

Skip the Sofa

Sometimes you’re better off skipping the sofa altogether. Get a couple of armchairs or a love seat instead and leave more open space.

Use Plants

Add more depth to the room and soften the edges by using live plants. They’re especially effective in corners or behind sofas and chairs.

Use Multi-functional Furniture

There’s no better setup for a small living room than an ottoman with a tray for a coffee table. Try to add less pieces of furniture but with multiple uses, you’ll have more open space and still keep it functional.

Place Bulky Furniture in the Corner

A big bulky sofa is good for a small room because it actually makes the room look bigger, and it’s actually the furniture that you should place against the wall. Better yet, get a corner sofa that can seat a lot more people.


Minimalist Home Decor Ideas

Minimalist Home Decor Ideas

Minimalist decor is appealing in its simplicity but there is a difference between a well done minimal decor and simply having less stuff in your home. It takes some effort to create the right style and make it work.

The key to pulling off this style is finding the balance between each piece you add and its surroundings, following the rules more carefully because in minimal decor everything seems exaggerated. Luckily, it’s not that difficult if you just follow a few easy guidelines.

Keep the Balance

Balance is the main attribute of the minimalist design style, so you have to carefully choose each piece of furniture and accessories to match their scale, texture, pattern and color. We’re not saying everything must be uniform, and you can of course mix things up, but do that very carefully making sure each piece compliments each other. If you do choose to add a piece that stands out, let it be the focal point that looks intentional.

Quality Over Quantity

To create a minimalist style you will choose a few decor pieces to make them count, especially when choosing statement and accent pieces. Uniqueness is very important, so don’t be afraid to splurge on that remarkable chandelier or a high-quality sofa. Creating a strong statement focal point makes all the difference.

A Bit of Rustic Touch

Since minimalist style rarely features popping colors and usually you will go for a neutral and warm color palette, the texture is a key to making the decor interesting. Wooden furniture, especially in the natural rustic finish adds much needed warm detail to balance the cold whites out.

It’s All in the Detail

Talking about detail, while keeping the space as much clutter free as possible is key, adding little accents that are barely noticeable at first glance is very important to create personal and original decor. Anything that you can DIY works perfectly here, especially in rustic style.

Dress the Windows to Direct the Light

Light is very important in any decor style, but even more so in the minimalist style (especially natural light). You’ll often find that windows are left completely untreated to let in all the light possible, but using simple curtains in a neutral color is also a great option that allows you to direct the light the way you want.

It Doesn’t Have to Be All White

While whites are prevalent in minimalist decor style, it is by no means the requirement. You can add more color to your color scheme but do it in soft hues that don’t pop out and keep the overall balance. Everything is used sparingly and so is color. If you need to add pops of color do it via art and accent pieces.

Group Small Pieces

You have few and small decor pieces so you have to make them count. If they’re sprinkled around the space solemnly, they simply disappear. So group them together in clusters to make small but high impact statements.

Design in Straight Lines

Erratic, irregular and ornate shapes aren’t minimalist and you should avoid them. Visualize the space as a grid and try to fill it in with straight lines and less curves. Of course, irregular shapes can be used sparingly in a statement and accent pieces, but that should not be the tendency.

Use Open Shelving

Open and moderated shelves in any room including the kitchen and bathroom are essential to keep the minimalist vibe. They will always keep the space more open and interesting.

Use a Lot of Negative Space

You can’t create beautiful minimalist decor without thinking about the negative space. Decorating minimally means leaving a lot of empty space, especially on the walls, so it has to be balanced out to avoid feeling under-decorated. So hang art in the visual center, use the rule of thirds to keep that balance. It may not come easy at first but you’ll get better by experimenting.

Organize Your Documents

If you have many random documents, from bills to work papers lying around on tables and shelves without any order, it’s time to put an end to it. Dedicate a small cabinet or two specifically to organize files, use document organizers and file binders, cabinets with drawers. Knowing where to look for a certain document will make your life so much easier.

Keep Your Nightstand Clutter Free

Clutter Free Nightstand

It’s easy to let the nightstand go unchecked especially when the night and early morning is the only time you see it. You may have several books you “will read eventually” lying around, chargers, an empty cup, and so on. If your nightstand doesn’t have drawers to put things away, make it a habit to keep a minimal number of items lying around on it.

Minimize the Number of Bathroom Products

Throw away all those bottles you’re not using and keep the number of products to the minimum. Get a basket or a few jars to store them and prevent the space from cluttering up.

Remove the TV from the Bedroom

Yes, it’s that harsh. Unless your TV blends in the decor perfectly, remove it entirely and get rid of the cable mess and an eyesore it makes. Keep the bedroom simply for sleeping.

Add Towel Hooks

Towel bars tend to make a mess in the bathroom as you carelessly throw towels on them. Instead, install hooks and you can even add them to the bar for a quick and easy solution.

Change That TP Holder

Does your TP holder give you a headache and you keep finding it empty because you or your family members avoid changing an empty roll because it’s too complicated? Replace it with a simple but stylish holder and get rid of this seemingly trivial but nagging problem.

Use Fitted Sheets and Duvet Covers

Do you want your bed making to take a few seconds rather than several minutes? Avoid flat sheets, blankets and throws and choose fitted sheets and duvets with covers and it will be as simple as pulling the duvet and puffing the pillows.

Keep the Window Dressing Simple

Simple Window Dressing

A simple curtain rod and drapes is classic, elegant and simple enough. If you’re tired of blinds or shades that constantly get stuck, simplify the window dressing.

Add a Pot Rack

Making your kitchen simpler is a big part of simplifying your life. Avoid looking for pots and pans lost somewhere in cluttered up cabinets and pick them up immediately off the rack for a fast use. All you need is some free wall space to install it.

Keep the Clutter Away from the Shelves

Less is more and you should keep that in mind when organizing your storage and display shelves. Invest in a few baskets to store smaller items that tend to add up to a clutter and keep them out of view. Create “drop zones” for everyday items and always know where to look for them.


Rustic Home Decor Ideas

We like hardwood floor as much as the next guy because it’s timeless classic that will always look warm and classy. However, there’s no reason why wood should only be used on the floors. That’s what this new trend is all about. We’re taking wooden tile and creating accents all around the house.

This way we create unique rustic accents that warm up any room and make your home a cozy place. The new take on wooden tile is to have it everywhere we see fit – from accents walls and tabletops to vanities, mirrors and even light fixtures, not forgetting the hardwood floor. Because for as many new ways we can find for using wood creatively, there’s always a place for the classic design.

Bedroom Accent Wall and Bed Frame

Wood tile creates a cozy rustic feel as an accent, as well as the focal point of the room. The combination of wooden wall, floor and bed frame enables the design to maintain rustic feel all throughout.

Wood Tile Kitchen Backsplash

Kitchen backsplash is one of the best ways to showcase a statement accent in room decor. It oozes rustic warmth and creates a lot of decor interest. What a great home decor project it is.

Wood Tile Shower

Wood Shower Tile

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Many people have shown interest in wood tiled shower walls and we can see why. Rustic accents are being embraced in modern interior design wholeheartedly and there’s no better way to make a house look like a home. A rustic bathroom is a great way to surprise your guests as well.

Reclaimed Wood Bedroom Accent Wall

Reclaimed wood comes with the notion of recycling and contributing to making our planet cleaner. But that’s not the main reason why this accent wall looks so great. It’s about the shabby chic look that weathered wood creates and the warmth of the pattern.

Wood Tile Wall Art

Lovely wall art of wood tile for a cozy rustic accent

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While accent walls are very impressive you may not necessarily want to get involved in remodeling your home. If you still want small rustic accents with wood tile in your decor, try wall art.

Wood Tile Counters

Wooden countertops are popular for their texture, color and durability, but there’s no reason why entire counters or cabinets wouldn’t benefit from wood tile pattern. It’s a great accent in the kitchen and you can even do it yourself.

Reclaimed Wood Floor

Reclaimed Wood Floor

Hardwood floors may be classic but we can be creative with them as well. The weathered shabby chic look of reclaimed wood gives this floor an exquisite look to crave for.

Wood Tile Countertop

Wooden countertops are popular for their durability and texture so we can experiment with tile here as well. There are countless wood tile patterns to create a unique rustic kitchen decor accent.

Herringbone Wood Tile Tabletop

For a different take on wooden tabletops try a herringbone pattern. While it’s more often used on wood floors and accent walls, a tabletop benefits greatly from this decor statement.

Reclaimed Wood Tabletop

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Reclaimed wood, again, is perfectly used to create wonderful rustic tabletops. Any rustic decor will benefit from this shabby chic look.

Wood Tile TV Accent Wall

Love the rustic wood tile TV accent wall

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Decorating around the TV can be as challenging as it is fun. We don’t want to make a TV the focal point of the room because that’s just boring. So instead, we can create an accent wall with wood tile that just looks great.

Wood Tile Ceiling

Let’s not forget the ceiling and keep in mind that it can benefit from a rustic design as well. Reclaimed wood tiling adds a lot of depth to this kitchen design without making the space look small.

Wood Tile and Open Shelving

Love the rustic wood tile accent wall and open shelving

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If used together with open wooden shelving, accent wood tile walls extend the rustic decor statement to the white walls. It’s a lot more interesting option than leaving empty walls or using closed cabinets.

Wood Tile Vanity

Love this shabby chic wood tile vanity look

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A vanity is another place where we can use wood tile accents successfully. Just like the shower, a rustic accent wall makes the bathroom a lot more interesting.

Reclaimed Wood Mirror Frame

Love this rustic reclaimed wood mirror frame

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Another small rustic accent where wood tile can be used is the mirror frame. Reclaimed wood makes a natural pattern in this design.

Wood Block Light Fixture

And finally, even light fixtures can benefit from a wood tile look. These wood blocks used for the chandelier create architectural interest while making a rustic decor statement.


Timeless Home Decor Ideas

Timeless Home Decor Ideas

What makes home decor timeless? Some homes look like they were decorated yesterday and they’ve been like that for decades. Others quickly get worn down and look out of style. If we consider the differences between the two we can quickly see what decor decisions are what we can call timeless.

On the same note, timeless decor means that you never grow out of it on a personal level. Home decor that evolves with your own design taste over time. There are several tips and ideas you can employ to make sure that the interior design of your home will stand the test of time, and here are 12 of them.

Choose Neutral Colors

Color trends come and go every year and every season. You’d have to commit to re-painting your entire home every time to stay relevant. But if you choose neutral whites, shades of grey, beige hues, they will provide a backdrop that will stay in style forever.

Stay Minimal

The minimal uncluttered decor will always stand the test of time better than busy decor. Choose quality over quantity if you want to keep it timeless.

Add Color Accents with Accessories

Of course, neutral only colors are boring and have no character. You need pops of color and accents, but instead of committing to wall painting or big accent furniture, choose small accessories like throw pillows, or even smaller furniture like stools or ottomans that are easy to switch.

Think Through Every Detail

Choosing every detail that you add to your home not only will save you money but make you like your home better for a long time. Give it a good thought and don’t buy things on a whim.

Functional and Comfortable is Timeless

Always choose functional and comfortable over trendy and stylish. Something that looks chic today might look tacky in a year and you’ll have to throw it away. On the other hand, comfortable furniture will be hard to get rid of even if you need to because you fall in love with it.

Blend Old and New

As time goes by you will add many decor pieces of different styles from different epochs. You can even emphasize it with antique items. Such a blend gives your home a well-collected look.

Display the Best of the Best

You may have a lot of collectibles and accessories that you’d like to show, but don’t just put everything on display. Keep the best of the best only and you can rotate things to keep it fresh.

Choose Functional Window Treatments

Lighting is very important in home decor and natural lighting is irreplaceable. Choose window dressing with functionality in mind to let as much light in as possible.

Consider Classic Features

Classic is timeless so consider such features as crown molding and ceiling medallions for an accent that will stand the test of time.

Smart Storage

Smart storage never goes out of style and keeps your home clutter free. This cabinet design provides ample storage space with extra slide out compartments and it will be just as good for years to come as it is now.

Choose Small Trendy Pieces If You Have To

Just because you want a timeless decor doesn’t mean that you can’t indulge in trends. However, do try to get smaller pieces only that you can easily swap out when you get bored of them.

Keep What You Love

In the end, the only thing that matters is that you surround yourself with things that you personally love. It doesn’t matter what style, trend or whether it’s timeless in general sense as long as you love it and you want to keep it forever.

Keep Rearranging Things

There’s no one right way to arrange a vignette, a display shelf or even the furniture. Keep rearranging things regularly and look for new ways to create a different look. The key to being creative is always changing things.

Keep a Stash of Decor Pieces

You can’t work on your decor empty handed that’s why you need a good stash of various decor pieces to turn to anytime. You don’t need to display everything you have, in fact, you need only a small part of it, but having something to choose from will enable you to be a lot more creative.

Display Your Collections

Framed Silks Wall Art

One of the best ways to show your creativity is by displaying a collection. So if you haven’t got one, better start collecting something. It can be absolutely anything that you like and find interest in. A collection that you spend time creating translates the effort to your home decor and it will not go unappreciated.

Check Thrift Shops Regularly

It’s not about being cheap and trying to save every penny, thrift shops are great for random decor gems that you won’t find anywhere else. You’d be surprised how unique vintage thrift shop finds can inspire you.

Use Striking Colors

Nothing kills creativity more than neutral colors. Yes, a neutral pallet is safe and leaves an empty canvas for accents, but it’s also dull and uninspiring. Let a touch of striking color dictate the decor and you’ll feel your creativity gaining momentum.

Decorate the Kitchen to Inspire Cooking

You probably spend a lot of time in the kitchen, so make sure it inspires you to cook and eat healthy. Create a mini herb garden that will make you want to eat fresh food.

Keep a Decor Journal

Anytime you get a spark of creativity, make sure you have somewhere to scribble a note down or sketch out what’s on your mind. Keeping a journal will help you get your creative thoughts together.

Take Risks

Creativity isn’t born out of playing it safe, you have to take decor risks. For example, experiment with neon colors or mixing patterns, you won’t find out what works until you try it.

Create a Beautiful Pinboard

Having a pinboard available to pin art, notes, jewelry and other ideas is a great way to keep your creativity alive. Use an attractive frame or even a beautiful cover fabric and you can make it part of decor in any room.

Decorate the Bathroom Like Any Other Room (or Even More)

Make the bathroom your home spa by really putting your effort into its decor. Bathroom is often the least decorated room in most houses, so use that space to be creative.

Create Mood Boards

Mood boards allow you to get the vibe of the room’s decor to be, and it’s a great way to get inspired.

Create an Outdoor Getaway

No matter how small your backyard is, even if you just add some seating to it, make it a place where you can go out of the house and spend a moment to think.

Practice the DIY

Nothing helps your creativity grow than creating something beautiful yourself. So embrace the DIY and try to find the time to practice it regularly.


Home Decor Risks Worth Taking

Home Decor Risks Worth Taking

At some point, we have to take risks when decorating our homes, whether it’s to try something new or experiment with decor ideas. Not all of these risks end up working but those that do can create some of the most unique interior designs.

Mismatched Chairs

Yes, a set of matching chairs looks orderly in their uniformity but mixing things up can add variety that pushes the look off just enough to make it interesting.

Unexpected Art

Be confident in things that you like and don’t be afraid to show off. Like this combination of a map and twinkle lights.

Add a Wall Mural

A mural is very visual but that may be just what you need in your room. We have a great gallery of wall murals that just look stunning.

Create a Striking Accent Wall

Accent walls are popular but don’t settle with just an accent color, create a pattern that modifies the shape of the room.

Decorate the Fridge

Fridge decals are easy to add and they will really freshen up your kitchen. Try applying interesting and whimsical embellishments.

Use Fancy Fixtures

Fixtures are rather easy to change even if you’re not up for a complete makeover and having unique fancy lighting fixtures or faucets will have a huge impact.

Install a Sliding Door

Upcycled barn doors are trendy but I think we can step up the game. A sliding door provides a unique opportunity to add a mirror and expand the visual space.

Use Many Patterns

The general rule is to be careful with patterns and use them sparingly, matching many vibrant patterns takes an expert to pull off. But it’s a risk that we’re willing to take.

Go Dark

Dark colors create a sophisticated, mysterious and even dramatic look, so don’t be afraid to play with dark tones.

Paint Vintage Furniture

If you’ve picked up a piece of vintage furniture in a flea market or perhaps inherited one, it may be difficult to fit it in your home decor. And while painting is not the way of antiquing, doing so allows you to “force” it in.

Paint the Ceiling

The ceiling is usually left white to make it seem higher and leave the space open but painting it in a color or even a pattern can have a dramatic effect that lifts chins up.

Wallpaper the Ceiling

Yes, you can actually put wallpaper on the ceiling and while it’s not for everyone, it can have an amazing effect if things go right.

Use Non-traditional Furniture

This is a risk really worth taking if you’re on a tight budget. Look at this wonderful accent of stacked vintage suitcases and an old picture frame being used as a nightstand.

Add Hanging Plants

There are two main reasons why you’d want to hang plants from the ceiling. For one, you can soften the corners of your room and add depth. Secondly, hanging them over furniture will give its placement a purpose.

Add Unexpected Color in Unexpected Places

And while you don’t have to use such eclectic colors as this kitchen, painting a cabinet in a neon color for an accent can be an impactful surprise.

Use Quirky Decor

Nobody likes boring interior design – add quirky and whimsical elements around the house. I love this idea of a cup and plate as a light fixture.

Bring the Outside In

Nature makes the room look lively and it’s not only for a rustic look. If you like this tree bookshelf idea, we have more of them.

Paint the Door Trim an Accent Color

You don’t have to play safe with door color, paint the trim or the doorway frame in a popping color.

Lay a Colorful Rug

We’ve had accent walls and ceiling, now it’s time for the floor. A popping rug is actually quite a safe risk to take because it’s easily replaced, so you can’t afford to try it.

Toys as Decorative Accessories

Don’t just sell or give away old toys that your kids aren’t playing with anymore (or your own toys form the childhood). Toys, especially vintage, can make great decorative accessories for a playful look.

Add a Lot of Prints

Having a full wall of print art is not an easy arrangement to pull off but try it to fill in empty spaces.


How to Hide Home Decor Eyesores

How to Hide Home Decor Eyesores

Home decor eyesores are those nagging small things that keep bothering you no matter how well done your interior design is. Things like ugly power outlets, light switches, vents, cords and so on. The problem is that they are useful, so you can’t remove them and have to live with them.

You can, however, decorate around and camouflage so these small things become invisible (sometimes even attractive). Here are 20 ways how you can easily do that.

Invisible Bookshelves

Home Decor Invisible Shelves

Simple square shelves suspended on the wall can sometimes have an unwanted boxy effect, but they are very useful especially in small spaces. Here’s a clever idea to create a hidden shelf and have bundles of books suspended on the wall.

Hide Computer Cords Under the Desk

A home office can become an eyesore, especially if it shares space with a living room. Hide the cords behind a skirt of fabric which is easy to DIY.

TV Covers

You can make an attractive TV cover fabric to hide it out of sight as well as keep it clean from dust.

Embellish Your Fridge

A default white fridge may be a decor eyesore if it doesn’t blend in the overall kitchen design. In that case you have a choice to paint it, add decals, and even wallpaper.

Use Beautiful Boxes

There are many things you can hide in a box, from cables to electronics, and an attractive box on a shelf or a desk will just blend in.

Create Cable Art

Home Decor Cable Art

One of the most brilliant ways to hide cables is not to hide them at all and instead create cable art.

Charging Stations in Drawers

One of the most visually jarring things in home decor are phones, tablets and laptops lying around with their chargers. Create a charging station hidden in a drawer to hide the ugliness.

Camouflage Electronics

We’d love it if electronics like routers came in attractive styles but instead they’re just ugly black boxes with no decorative use whatsoever. Hide them in old book covers or cases, create vignettes around them and pretend like you don’t own them.

Cover with Pictures

Cover ugly things on the wall with pictures. Bonus points if you install hinges for easy access.

Use Tilt Out Cabinets

Deep tilt out cabinets are great hiding places for trashcans.

Camouflage with Picture Walls

Can you find the thermostat and a light switch in the picture above? Hiding these ugly contraptions infesting the walls with beautiful picture frame arrangements is one of the easiest ways to cure your home decor.

Use Sideboards

Hide radiators or air vents with visually attractive sideboards.

DIY Covers

Hide random pieces of electronic with DIY covers, such as this sub table and you’ll get an extra rustic accent.

Use Deep Drawers

A lot of electronics, such as printers, can be hidden in deep drawers.

Furniture Skirts

Sometimes you want to hide the storage space of some furniture. Using an attractive pattern cloth as a skirt can do that wonderfully. Same idea can be applied to hide the ugly bed box.

Cover Shelves

Shelves aren’t necessarily the decor eyesores we usually have in mind, but you can cover them with knit laces or popping wallpapers if they’re worn out or to add an accent.

Cover Bookcases

Install roller shades to cover parts of a bookcase that you want to hide out of display.

Hidden Storage

Hidden Storage

Hide random things for easy access in hidden storage, such as this lovely rustic suspended wall shelf.

Use Picture Frames

Frame Home Decor Eyesores

Some things can be made attractive if you just frame them properly.


Most Common Home Decor Dilemmas

Most Common Home Decor Dilemmas

We’ve all had to face them at some point when decorating our homes. Not everything is as easy as it may seem at first and sometimes you just hit the wall, so to speak. Faced with a dilemma we are often left scratching our heads without a clue how to proceed.

So here are the top most common home decor dilemmas and how they can be solved. Hopefully this will help you move past the creative blocks you may be facing.

How to Hang All the Pictures On the Wall?

How to Hang All the Pictures On the Wall?

If you have more than a couple of pictures, it can be challenging to hang them all without disrupting the rest of the decor. Always think of creating an imaginary shape and aligning picture frames to it. If the pictures are the same size, you can use the same frame style and form a grid. If the pictures vary in size, use different frame styles and try to create an anchor with the largest picture.

How to Make the Recessed Lighting Right?

Recessed lighting coming from the ceiling lighting fixtures is usually not enough to create the right mood. While it’s popular and most used form of lighting in modern interior design, it should not be the main part of the lighting. You can balance the light out with shade lamps just below the eye level to create the right lighting mood.

Can You Place the Bed at an Angle?

This question arises when dealing with small spaces and awkward floor planning. Usually, you should be able to do away with placing the bed flat against the wall, because angled placement actually takes more space. But if it works, such as this layout with a dresser used as the footer, by all means do it.

How to Update the Kitchen Cabinets?

How to Update the Kitchen Cabinets?

You can paint the cabinets without sanding with the right paint, so by all means do it. Replace the handles or the entire face of the cabinets. Also, redecorate the space around the cabinets. There’s a lot you can do on a limited budget and time, to update the look without replacing them.

How to Decorate Small Space?

This is a big question but the most obvious answer is to use the small space to your advantage. First of all, don’t make the assumption that a small room needs small furniture. Well placed bigger furniture will be more functional and will make the room look bigger. Small things have a big impact in a small space, so don’t be afraid to add accents and create character easily.

How to Create an Accent Wall in the Bedroom?

Bedroom is a place to rest so vibrant and popping colors are avoided. To create an accent wall, use muted soft colors. If the rest of the color scheme of the room is neutral, any gentle accent color will work.

How to Remodel on a Budget?

You want to do a makeover with an impact but you’re on a tight budget? Start with paint, even if you re-paint just parts of your home it will have a big impact. Move on to accessories that don’t cost much but add accents to the decor, such as accent color throw pillows on a neutral color couch.

What Do You Do with the Dead Space Under the Kitchen Sink?

The cabinet space under the sink is usually a dead space due to the tubing and it’s hardly useful. But if you install this two layered drawer system, you can save a lot of storage space around the sink.

Will Everything Work Together?

Mood Board

So you have your eye on a number of items to decorate your home, from patterns to furniture to accessories. But how do you make sure everything works together before buying it? Finding out something clashes after you’ve already bought it is the last thing you want. Here’s where the mood boards come in handy. All you have to do is cut the pictures of your items and paste them together on one board to get the general feel of the whole decor.

How to Avoid a Boring Kitchen?

You may have a sleek modern cookie-cutter kitchen but it looks just plain boring. It’s hard to avoid that without careful prior planning and going over the budget for designer furniture, but adding some simple accents to personalize can save the day. Add live plants, rustic items, even an old refurbished cabinet will add character and make your kitchen look anything but boring.

Switching Colors

So you’re tired of the same old wall color and want to try something new but you can’t or don’t want to commit to repaint the entire room? Switch small furniture and accent pieces to different colors. You’ll be surprised how differently the same room can look without even repainting it.

Put Slipcovers on Old Furniture

The old furniture has worn down or you simply got bored of it? Try putting new slipcovers on in a pattern and color you like to completely transform it.

How to Decorate a Small Entryway

How to Decorate a Small Entryway

Having a small (or really non existent) entryway can pose a real challenge. If all you have to work with is a small wall, try to keep the decor minimal. Add a few hooks, a suspended shelf for a landing strip and a mirror. Don’t clutter it up with massive coat racks and shelving.

Hem the Curtains

The correct length of the curtains is as important as the height its hung from. A proper hem will weight it down neatly and will make it look elegant. And you don’t even have to sew to make it (see the tutorial).

Get a Bedskirt

If you want a quick and easy upgrade for your bed, get a bedskirt in a pattern and color you like. It’s an easy way to hide an old worn down bed and make it look like new.

Stuff the Pillows

Get pillow covers a couple of inches smaller than the pillow itself to make it look stuffed and puff rather than drab and tired.

Cover Dresser Drawers with Wallpaper

Drawers get worn down because they are used so often. One option is to paint them, but an easier one is to add self adhesive wallpaper that will hide the tears and give it an upgrade in style.

Embrace the Washi Tape

Washi tape is a godsend to hide just about any small cracks, chips, holes and other eyesores on the walls. Create wall art while covering the ugly spots without having to repaint or apply wallpaper.

Paint the Faucets

Once the faucets in the kitchen and the bathroom wear down, there’s a cheap step you can take before replacing them – spray paint them for a new life.

Rotate the Dining Table

This is one of those ideas that makes you say, “why didn’t I think of it?”. The floor in your dining area wears down as your family uses it several times a day. But if you rotate the table regularly, it will wear down more evenly.


The Biggest Home Decor Do’s and Don’t’s

The Biggest Home Decor Do's and Don't's

While there’s a lot of leeway in decorating your home, you still want to make it look pretty and without very obvious inconsistencies and mistakes. Even if you’re not one for rules, you will appreciate some guidelines on what does work and what actually doesn’t work in home decor.

So here are 10 of the biggest home decor do’s and don’ts. It is a recipe for a truly beautiful home.

Don’t Hang Small Art on Big Walls

There’s nothing wrong about small art but if you hang it on a big empty wall, you either have to build a gallery to take that space up or use bigger art. Choose either one of the two options but don’t just hang a small picture and leave the rest of the wall empty – it immediately makes the room look smaller and under-decorated.

Do Hang Curtains High

Remember, drapes decorate the wall, not the window. So you have to hang them just below the ceiling, or if your ceiling is too high, at least a foot above the window. Correctly hung drapes make the ceiling look higher and space bigger while hanging them too low makes them stick out in an uncomfortable way.

Don’t Get a Rug That’s Too Small

Another way to make your room look smaller is to use a rug that is obviously too small. Such a rug divides the space visually and it’s not what you may want, especially in a smaller room. Make sure the rug is big enough to fit all the furniture it is supposed to anchor.

Do Mix Textures

To introduce more home decor interest, use different textures to create a well-decorated look. Choose different furniture finishes, upholstered furniture fabric patterns, rugs, and curtains.

Don’t Clutter Up

Clutter is a major no-no in home decor, it’s pretty obvious. And it includes not only misplaced everyday use items but unmoderated display items and decor pieces as well. Make sure you establish storage space and drop zones for various items and edit your displays to keep only the most important accent and statement pieces on view.

Do Use Color

Use color to make your decor interesting but do it moderately. While an all-neutral color scheme is boring, random pops of color that don’t play well together don’t work either and make the place look cluttered. Instead, match a few accent colors and introduce them with accent pieces making sure they complement each other.

Don’t Forget About Seating

Surprisingly, chairs can be quite expensive and you always need extra seating. The solution is getting relatively cheap poufs that are compact, comfortable and cute. Not only they provide the seating, but they also add to the home decor and they can easily be stored under a table (even a coffee table).

Do Test Paint Colors

So you’ve decided on a color based on its psychology and the mood you want to create for the room, you paint the room and notice it doesn’t look how you imagined it would be. Test before painting the entire walls, use swatches and mood boards to get a good idea of what it will really look like.

Don’t Ignore Architectural Details

Having molding in a room is a feature that has to be used to its full extent. Paint it in an accent color (or paint the wall in contrasting color or pattern) to create architectural interest. Use furniture that compliments the classic style but don’t be afraid to introduce a few modern pieces as well.

Do Trust Your Instincts

Finally, trust yourself in decorating your own home. Everything goes if it feels right and you believe it is a great fit for your home. So feel free to go on splurges for statement pieces, feel free to experiment, and even break some of the rules. Nobody knows better how your home should look like than you.


The Biggest Home Decor Mistakes

The Biggest Home Decor Mistakes

We all make home decorating mistakes, that’s just part of the game. And it’s OK, mistakes allow us to learn and improve, and sometimes a mistake can become an accent or a feature. But some mistakes are better avoided at all.

We’re making a list of common things that can go wrong when decorating your home and we hope you’ll find it useful. Below are top 15 home decor mistakes that we think you should do your best to avoid.

Painting without Testing

So you’ve decided on a color based on its psychology and the mood you want to create for the room, you paint the room and notice it doesn’t look how you imagined it would be. Test before painting the entire walls, use swatches and mood boards to get a good idea of what it will really look like.

Marble Countertop

Marble is a classy material and the idea to make your kitchen look expensive is a tempting one, but you will regret the decision to install a marble countertop when the first scratches and stains appear. Consider a more durable material like quartz.

Fancy Sofa

So you want to create an accent and go fancy with the choice of sofa. Colorful pattern explosion gives character to the decor, unfortunately, it’s very committing and you can’t switch the sofa as easily as you can replace accent throw pillows. Being stuck with a vibrant sofa that’s becoming boring can quickly become an eyesore.

Clutter of Photos

We all have a lot of memories to share, pictures of people close to us that we want to see every day. But keeping that many pictures in a cluster on a surface quickly becomes a clutter and that’s just no good. Instead, consider creating a grid gallery on the wall and moderate the surface displays.

Visible Cable Mess

Cables of the TV and electronics can add up to a mess very quickly and you should do your best to organize and hide that mess. Read about how to hide the cords and cables in your home.

Too Many Patterns

Your style may be eclectic and you may adore busy patterns but keep in mind that too many patterns that compete with each other make visually stressed decor that looks cluttered. Mastering pattern matching isn’t easy and we’re not saying you shouldn’t experiment to learn it, but begin with fewer patterns and soft hues.

Rushing to Decorate

You don’t have to attempt to decorate your home overnight as if there’s going to be a photo shoot for a home decor magazine the next morning (unless it really will). The real home decor happens over time as you bring more things to your home and your ideas evolve as you live into it.

Buying Old Furniture That Needs Reupholstering

You may find that cool looking vintage chair in your local flea market and you may get a good deal on it, but don’t underestimate the cost of reupholstering that it may take.

All White Rugs and Furniture

All White Home Decor

White is classic and elegant, so it may be tempting to get a white rug or a sofa and give your room a striking clean look. Unfortunately, even if you don’t have pets or kids and you really keep your home clean, that white will wear out and get discolored eventually. Try to limit the number of white pieces at home.

Uncomfortable Furniture

That piece of furniture looked good in the catalog and it may even look good at your home, but if it’s so uncomfortable that it becomes an item of display and nobody uses it there’s no point in getting it in the first place.

Going Too Trendy

Chasing trends is not the best idea for two reasons. For one, trends change and you may have to keep changing things up with them. And secondly, not everything that looks good in a catalog will look good at your home and you may end up with clashing pieces.

Oversized Furniture

That oversized couch may seem like the most comfortable idea but if you don’t spend that much time crawling up to watch TV it will just be this big piece of furniture that takes up so much space. Pick things that you will actually use, don’t buy into just the idea of them.

Unresearched Houseplants

Getting some houseplants for your home is a good decision but you have to do your research first. You don’t want them to die on you because your home doesn’t have the required conditions.

A DIY Project That Went Wrong

There’s a big community of DIY home projects and a countless number of ideas to try. The tutorials make it look easy but you may find that it’s more complicated than it seems when it goes wrong and you end up with something horrendous. Worse yet if you invest so much time into it that you don’t have the heart to throw it away.

Cliche Art

You have to decorate the walls but don’t resort to a random piece of art. What you hang on your walls must have a meaning, be it something personal or at the very least complementing your color scheme.

Professional interior designers see the strangest of interiors every day and besides the most obvious decor mistakes, they see more subtle things that an untrained eye might not even notice. While these mistakes aren’t big, avoiding them can improve your home decor in a sophisticated way.

Overdecorating

How much is too much? If your home decor uses every inch of the room space and it looks like it might be suffocating, you’re probably overdecorating. A good interior makes use of pauses that direct the eye in a natural way without being overwhelming.

Too Much of the Same Material

Likewise, too much of the same material will look overwhelmingly boring even with enough negative space. Try to mix it up a bit and add furniture with different finishes.

Matching Too Much

Matching Home Decor

Matching every piece of furniture and every pattern is a sure way to make your home look like you’ve decorated it in a one-stop shop. Frankly, it looks “cheap.”

Missized Rug

Use a tiny rug and you make your room look much smaller than it is. Using a small rug in a small room is the biggest mistake to make, even though you might think otherwise.

Not Taking Risks

Taking risks can lead to mistakes too, but playing it safe is a mistake in its self. Do at least one risky thing in your home decor, be it a whimsical decor piece, a trendy piece of furniture or painting a wall in an accent color.

Clashing Furniture

While some variety of furniture is necessary, using an over sized couch with a small arm chair is totally off. Try to keep the scale of furniture similar without much contrast, keep accents to patterns, colors, and materials.

Going All Classic or All Modern

It’s rare that all classic or all modern home decor will work in real life. It’s just plain boring. Instead, mix and blend styles to make your interior look well collected and established over time.

Look vs Functional

Look vs Functional

Trying to make your home look too pretty in the expense of functional and comfortable design is a big mistake that can go unchecked. If your vignettes take so much space that there’s nowhere to put a drink, you’re probably doing it wrong.

Not Using Negative Space

Using Negative Space

Negative space is very important in aesthetic design so be sure to use it. Don’t feel the need to decorate every single corner and free space in your house, leave some space empty. As already mentioned above, decor pauses are essential.

Focusing on Living Room Too Much

Living room decor

The living room might be the main room of your home, but that doesn’t mean you should bring everything you have and put on display in one room. Decorate all your rooms equally.

Bad Lighting

Definitely the number one cause of discomfort at home is bad room lighting. It’s especially true if recessed lighting is all you have to light up the space. An easy way to tell if it’s not good enough is to look for shadows made by furniture and other pieces of decor. Think in terms of layered light to solve this problem, get a few table or floor lamps and experiment with positioning them for extra lighting layers below eye level.

It’s Too “Trendy”

Every year we get new trends of choice and to be stylish you may pick up one or two decorating ideas over time. But each year it adds up and different ideas clash, after a while some of these ideas may not seem that good anymore at all. If the thought “what were you thinking?” crosses your mind now and then, get rid of the gimmicks.

Inconvenient Layout

Home Decor Layout

Does your furniture block access to some areas of the room? Is there a clear path that follows to the doors? Without a convenient flow of furniture the place may look closed out and definitely uncomfortable. Experiment with different furniture arrangement with this in mind.

It’s Too Cluttered

Clutter is always stressful and nobody feels comfortable in an untidy place. It may be hard to avoid with a lot of small but useful items lying around, so get several attractive baskets and create drop zones around your home. This will help you cut down the clutter significantly and it will look good.

Bad Choice of Colors

Painting a room is a committing project so you may be quite tolerant about the current colors. However, do pay attention to how the current color scheme makes you feel. Dark or vibrant colors add character to the room but what good does it make if they make you feel uncomfortable?

Overdecorated Walls

So you’ve heard that leaving walls empty is not a good taste of home decor. However, your home is not an art gallery, so why would you want to dedicate a full wall for art and pictures? Keeping wall decor subtle may be not as striking but it is certainly comforting.

Too Many Decorative Throw Pillows

Getting more throw pillows for the sofa and chairs may be the go-to decorating technique, but stacking too many of them will make the place look cluttered and overdecorated more than anything. Keep just a few floor pillows around and stash the rest away, change them up regularly instead.

Electronic Gadgets Everywhere

In this day and age, it’s hard to imagine your life without electronics so no wonder your home is full of them. A phone here, a tablet there, and chargers everywhere. If you feel like you’re going to flip out if you stumble on another cord of a charger carelessly lying around, get yourself a charging station. Organize all advanced gadgets in one place and make it part of the decor.

Hanging Pictures and Mirrors Too High

Hanging Pictures and Mirrors Too High

If you have to look up to see a picture or a mirror, it’s probably too high. Pictures and mirrors should be hung at the center of the wall at about the eye level of an average person. If you hang them too high, they look out of place and destroy the integrity of your interior design. So find the center of the wall when hanging your pictures and mirrors.

Hanging Drapes Too Low

This mistake is more common than it should be. For some reason people hang drapes just above the window and it is just wrong. Remember, drapes decorate the wall, not the window. So you have to hang them just below the ceiling, or if your ceiling are too high, at least a foot above the window. Correctly hung drapes make the ceiling look higher and the space bigger, while hanging them too low makes them stick out in an uncomfortable way.

Pushing Furniture Against the Walls

Sometimes it seems that some people are building a dance floor, not a comfortably and tastefully designed room. Don’t push all of your furniture to the walls and leave the center space empty. Your home is not a warehouse and unless you really need that room for a dance floor, simply don’t do it. Move furniture around, find a balanced layout.

All Same Size Accessories

It’s an easy mistake to make and overlook especially when you have a lot of pictures or various collectibles to show off. A lot of even size accessories make the decor look uninteresting and boring, in other words, it becomes a distasteful clutter. So add some accessories of varying size for balance, make it pop so that it attracts attention in a good way.

Leaving Walls White by Default

Don’t get me wrong, walls can be white but only if that’s the style you’re going for. Perhaps you’re going for a clean modern look, or you have accents in your decor that pop in a white background. But if you just leave walls white because you can’t choose a color, that’s a huge mistake which destroys you entire interior design. Look for ideas and paint those walls, wallpaper them, make murals or wall art but don’t leave them blank.


Home Decor Cheat Sheets

Decorating your home can sometimes become a daunting task because you can get lost in measurements, styles, and other decor choices. Then you can either begin researching your problem online and experimenting or getting help from a professional designer.

To avoid all that hustle, here are 20 home decor cheat sheets for you that you can keep handy to turn to whenever you face a decor problem. These cheat sheets and guidelines will put the most common home decor rules in simple terms, which will help you decorate your home almost like a real interior design professional.

Area Rug Size

Choose the right size of the area rug before buying one. Make sure it fits your furniture perfectly.

Home Lighting

Use this guide to choose the correct lighting for your home.

Decor Style

Decor Style Cheat Sheet

Feeling a bit lost in the world of interior design styles? Use this guide as a map to the most popular design styles.

Measuring

This cheat sheet provides the most common home measurements and takes out all the guesswork.

Decorate the Space Above Sofa

Make sure the space above sofa isn’t left blank by using these wall art hanging guidelines.

Gallery Wall Layouts

Gallery Wall Layouts Cheat Sheet

Creating a gallery wall that looks good is not easy, so here’s a diagram that will help you in many different situations.

Decorate a Mantel

A mantel is the perfect surface for display items and vignettes but when you begin arranging multiple things it can be a challenge to make it look right. Use this diagram as a reference.

Living Room Layout

Living Room Layout Cheat Sheet

Having trouble arranging living room furniture? These layouts will help.

Gallery Placement

Gallery Placement Cheat Sheet

Creating a picture gallery in different places has its quirks. Refer to this diagram for ideas.

Window Coverings

Window Coverings Cheat Sheet

Take a look at this drawing before deciding on your window coverings – there are a lot more of them that you might have imagined.

Choosing Colors

The choice of colors is a complicated subject but this diagram will help you choose the main colors for different rooms based on their psychology.

Choosing Indoor Houseplants

We’ve already talked about keeping houseplants alive, and the first step is choosing the right plants. Refer to this diagram for the most common houseplants.

Feng Shui

Feng Shui Cheat Sheet

Following the principles of Feng Shui in home decor can be a daunting task, but this diagram will make the process a lot easier.

Styling Sectionals

Styling Sectionals Cheat Sheet

You didn’t think you can just throw pillows randomly, did you?

Print Size Guide

Print Size Guide Cheat Sheet

Here’s a quick guide to determine the print size for a typical setup.

Choose the Right Rug

Never make a mistake of choosing the wrong rug for different rooms again.

Bed Make Up

This diagram shows the correct way to make your bed.

Basic Vignette Layout

Vignettes make great accents and here’s how you can make a basic one.

Hanging Curtains

One of the biggest home decor mistakes made is with hanging the curtains. Refer to this drawing to never hang them at an incorrect height again.

Sofa Styling

Sofa Styling Cheat Sheet

Create a sofa style like a real interior designer.