All-round Organizing Tips for Your Home

By Ron Maier | Filed in Uncategorized

Everybody loves a neat and tidy home which has been smartly laid out. Living spaces should be functional, beautiful, and used to their optimal capacity. But it’s easy to be fooled into thinking that a lack of space essentially amounts to a lack of options as far as smart organization is concerned.

Nothing could be further from the truth. It is possible to perk up your home décor, organize things well, and maximize storage — all in one way.

You don’t have to spend a lot of money doing it either. Your local supermarket could sort you out with most of the things required for this purpose. You could also use existing items in your house and create smart solutions out of them. (We’ll show you how.)

In this post we are bringing to you some of the best home organization tips for your home from a variety of sources. Whether it’s your living room, bedroom, kitchen, or even your yoga corner, there’s enough material in this post to be your go-to solution when faced with storage and organization challenges.

What you will need

  • Loads of organizing bins
  • Wicker baskets
  • Storage boxes
  • Crates
  • Old refrigerator vegetable baskets
  • Ice cube trays
  • Old jars, glasses, and mugs

In the unlikely event that you don’t already have any baskets, boxes, or crates in your house you can get all of them for cheap at Target, Walmart, or the Dollar Store.

So let’s get started then.

Storage Tips for the Living Room

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Living rooms are the first port of call for visitors. We spend thousands of dollars making sure we have charming living rooms and they set the tone for what to expect in the rest of the house.

While we pay a lot of attention to the décor of our living rooms, we don’t think much about its storage capacity. Since most living rooms are big, it makes sense to tap into all of that space smartly and maximize its storage capacity, without making it look like it’s been run down.

Here are few ways you can accomplish that:

  • If you already have wall-to-wall shelves in your living room, you’re in luck. You could make the most of the lower shelves by stocking them with organizers and baskets.But if you don’t have many shelves to speak of, no worries. Use the space underneath the tables in your room (as indicated in the picture above) and place lovely wicker baskets over there. You can put anything you want in the baskets since they aren’t going to be transparent.
  • Wall hangings are another excellent idea to free up space from the shelves and the tables. Move your magazines, newspapers, and other light things over to the wall hangings and use the shelves for something else.
  • If your room is devoid of shelves entirely and if you have a couple of empty walls in your living room, you might want to get long shelves installed on them. Shelves come in a tremendous variety and are an extremely handy way to add storage to a room.

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Even corner shelves are a great storage expanding solution for living rooms. They don’t get in your way and make use of an otherwise wasted space.

Organization Tips for the Kitchen

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  • If you’re fond of cooking, chances are you have a ton of bottles and jars of spice, herbs, condiments, and the like in your kitchen cabinets. But that also means that when you actually start cooking you have to sometimes take out a number of bottles to find the one you are looking for. It’s annoying, to say the least.Revolving storage bins are a smart solution for this. They will save you a lot of time and hassle when you are looking for one condiment in a sea of jars.
  • Set up assorted baskets. If you have enough space in your cabinets, you can set up dedicated boxes or baskets according to the material they hold. For instance, one basket for all the material related to Italian cooking, another for Mexican cooking, and so on. This ensures you do not have to spend a lot of time fishing out the required ingredients when you’re in a jiffy, and also makes it easier for you to put things back in their right place.
  • Rack up the insides of your kitchen cabinet doors to stock towels and kitchen rolls.
  • Vertical stacks in your cabinets are a great way to store your dishes and bowls. That allows you to make the most use of the space inside the cabinets.
  • Vertical storage is a great idea throughout as if frees up a lot of space. Another example, instead of storing boxes and boxes of different kinds of teabags, why not empty them all into one tall and transparent jar? That will take lesser space and you will be able to spot your teabags easily too. If you have an old cookie jar lying around, put it to use now!

Organization tips for the Bedroom

The closet takes the place of pride in most bedrooms, so there’s where you begin, and then move on.

  • We have devoted an entire blog post to how to set up awesome and functional closets. The best we can do here is direct you to that post for all your closet organization needs.
  • How can you maximize what your bed offers? Do you have any space under your bed? Wow, that’s just what we wanted to hear! You probably have some suitcases and sundry items thrown in there, too. Leave the suitcases alone (we are assuming they are already stuffed) and take the assorted items out. By now we are hoping you already know what to do next. Yep, bring out a few storage containers (preferably bins with wheels) and put all your items in them. Label the containers if you want. A bit of care now will make retrieval super easy later on.It’s a bit like choosing the aisle seat each time you are on a long haul flight. Makes getting up and going to the loo that much easier!
  • If you have got more books than your shelves can hold, you might want to turn them into bedroom decor, especially the big hardbacks.

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  • For seating space, turn a shelf on its side and foam it up with a bright cover (as shown in the picture above). The storage space stays as it is plus you get a place to sit on!
  • Be seasonal in your organization. Only keep things and toiletries relevant for the season on your dresser; put everything else in old jars and containers, and move to the lower drawer of your dresser.

Here are some more tips to keep your bedroom tidy:

 

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The video is more than worth a look. It’s got some really ingenious tips to care for the little things in your bedroom, which, if left cluttered soon become a daunting mess. For instance, did you know that you could turn ice cube trays from your freezer into an organizing tray for your jewelry? Yep. Anybody who owns jewelry knows the dreaded feeling when you are reaching out for your chandeliers, only to find them horribly tangled with fifteen other things. Now thanks to this tip, you could finally bid tangled jewelry goodbye!

Organizing the Bathroom

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So what do you keep in your bathroom?

If you already have a few cabinets or shelves, great! Personally, I prefer a minimalistic bathroom in light shades. That’s one place where I have absolutely no patience for clutter. So this is what I do to ensure that I have a neat-looking bathroom to start my week with.

  • Small organizing bins and old glass jars are life savers if you have no intentions of stepping out of the house on a cold and frosty Saturday morning when you finally decide to tidy up your bathroom. So if you’ve got an old favorite mug that you are no longer drinking from, import it into your bathroom.
  • As suggested in this bathroom organization video, stick a couple of magnetic tapes or strips on one of the walls of your bathroom cabinets and let your often used steel things – like tweezers, nail cutters, safety pins, and scissors keep stuck on them.
  • Use old mugs to store your toothbrushes, eye pencils, eyeliners, lip liners, lip sticks, makeup brushes and all the long-stemmed things that you are in the process of reaching out to often in your bathroom. You can fill the mugs with sand or grains of rice to keep your pencils stuck in place, as suggested in the above-linked video.
  • Hanging storage is a great option for those who don’t have many shelves installed in their bathrooms. You don’t need to make any changes to the physical structure of the space, just get one of these and hang them in a good place. You can tuck in towels, underwear, sanitary napkins, and a lot of other stuff into it. You can also label each section for easy retrieval of things.

Organization for the Spare Room

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People have spare rooms in their homes for different reasons. Why do you have yours for?

Does it double up as a yoga corner, a meditation room, a home office, or to accommodate guests with inflatable beds? Whatever your purpose, if it’s a space within your house you should be setting it up optimally. Here’s how:

  • Your purpose itself is the best indicator of how to set up the spare room. If it’s a yoga corner, you keep it minimally stocked. It should be spacious, which means there shouldn’t be too much of the bulky furniture in it. Let wicker storage baskets line the floor along the walls and rest your folded mat on top of them. (A windchime would be a great addition to the room!)
  • If your spare room serves as your daughter’s retreat when she is back from college, don’t stock it up with too many irrelevant things. Leave a corner or two that she can personalize when she’s home.
  • Categorizing, organizing, and labeling become even more important when you are storing things in rooms you aren’t going to be using on a daily basis. Whether you have stored things in suitcases, baskets, or drawer-wise, you should ideally label them all for everybody’s easy reference.
  • You can also take out old refrigerator vegetable baskets and stock them with things that you have no idea what to do with but don’t want to throw away yet. Let them make their way to the spare room where they remain tucked away neatly till the time they will be of use next.

Conclusion

We hope the above has inspired you enough to devise some smart storage solutions of your own. This can actually be a fun weekend activity, so why don’t you start with implementing some of the above-mentioned tips this weekend itself?

While we don’t recommend you buy any new furniture just to gain some more storage space, but we do suggest that next time you’re planning to buy a bed side table, a coffee table, or a closet, make sure you only buy furniture that gives you a lot of storage options. Anything you buy should contain many drawers or shelves, as these come in supremely handy.

Since you are going to be using storage boxes and baskets a lot, we suggest getting them in different colors and patterns to add a dash of style to your décor. If you don’t want to spend any money on new storage containers, transform old ones into something exciting with a bit of DIY magic and they’d be as good as new. Organization doesn’t have to be boring!

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Bidding adieu to your old property and moving to a new house is an emotionally and physically tiring time. There are endless things to keep track of and confusion abounds. It can take a toll on everybody involved, or it can be a positive experience, depending on how you approach it.

This post is aimed at those who are in the process of packing to move to a new place. This also happens to be the best time to lay the groundwork for setting up your new home.

We are great fans of planning and organizing here, and we firmly believe it will save you a lot of grief. To that extent we are going to suggest you create a number of lists (and even access the power of technology to simplify things for you) because well-organized is well-executed.

You will need a plan for both packing as well as unpacking. When you arrive at your new home with vans full of furniture and boxes and start putting them away haphazardly you know you are going to have a tough time rearranging it all. So save yourself considerable hassle and put things in their right place the moment you have landed in your new home with your belongings. (Speaking of which, it’s a great idea to set up the utilities in your new home before you make the move.)

How to do it?

That’s what we are here to tell you. So let’s begin. Take out that phone/tablet of yours and start taking notes!

Build a Smart Home Bottom Up

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Moving to a new place is a great way to turn over a new leaf. Here’s your chance to make those changes in your home décor that you always wanted to but couldn’t for various reasons. A number of things impress us but we aren’t able to implement them all when we already have an established decor. Making changes is hard, time consuming, and often impractical.

But moving to a new home means you get a blank slate to draw your magic on. All that you have read so far in home improvement magazines, blogs, and websites about optimizing your resources and increasing the storage space can now be put to work. If a particular way of storage had captured your imagination, we hope you were paying attention and have saved the clip for future reference, which is now. And here’s one way to do it:

Download Helpful Apps

When you are undertaking something as big as moving to a new house (or a new city), you are going to need all the help you can get to organize the multiple tasks ahead.

Apps are a great way to simplify our daily lives and ramp up our productivity, and chances are you use quite a few yourself. So put your smartphone to even better use and bring up the best to-do or listing apps because you are going to be making a huge number of lists (to keep things systematic and to prevent yourself from going insane).

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You can, of course, power up your computer and open an Excel spreadsheet to make and save your lists, or you can do it the old-fashioned way – write it all down on a piece of paper.But pieces of paper tend to get lost and computers, or even laptops and notebooks, are bulky things that you can’t always have on you when you are running around taking care of things (and you are going to be doing a lot of that). Smartphones are your best bet since we always have our phones with us.

Take pictures of things in Evernote or One Note and leave comments below them so that you are able to keep a track of what goes where. Here’s a story of somebody who tapped into the power of productivity apps to assist his move from New York to Chicago. (Note: This is not an advert for any app; we are merely bringing to your notice how any of these apps can help you with your move.)

Apps dedicated to interior décor are especially a great help for people who are about to move into a new place and may be confused about where to begin decorating it (unless you want your new rooms to be the replicas of the old ones).

Houzz and Remodelista are great places to start. They will help you create decoration and design plans for various rooms (while you still haven’t moved) and determine how best to accommodate your existing furniture in your new abode.

Martha Stewart here has some good advice to help you simplify your “big move.”

Create ‘Essential’ Boxes

Each and every member of the family should have an essential box, which is like a suitcase that carries all their most important stuff, as well as things they are most likely to use within a day or two of reaching your new place. You don’t want to be rummaging through all your boxes to find your favorite pillow, do you?

Movinginsider.com is a great website for those interested in doing the packing and the moving all by themselves.

And if that’s not enough for you, here are some more interesting tips on the topic:

http://www.buzzfeed.com/video/tlo27/moving-hacks-you-need-to-know

Create Checklists for Each Room

You have already seen your new house and know what it is like. You have a very good idea who is going to take up which room, or what each room will be dedicated to.

Make a checklist then of all the things that you feel should fill up and enhance your rooms. Apps will prove priceless in helping you do this. They will let you organize your lists category wise so that you are able to include the maximum number of things in your room-specific checklists. And then when it is time to implement your plans, start with the bedrooms. (We hope you have already determined the room set up with an interior decoration app.) We recommend the following order.

  • ➢ Bedroom1
  • ➢ Bedroom 2
  • ➢ Bedroom 3 (or however many you have in your house)
  • ➢ Bathrooms (simultaneously with the bedrooms)
  • ➢ Kitchen
  • ➢ Living room
  • ➢ Other rooms in the house (like yoga room, study room, children’s playroom, etc.)
  • ➢ Scullery (if you have one)
  • ➢ Garage
  • ➢ Porch
  • ➢ Garden
  • ➢ Backyard
  • ➢ Shed

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If you have an army of people willing to help you out with this task, you can assign them separate rooms to set up so that you will get a lot done in lesser time.

So then, if you got an empty landscape to work with, what would you do and where would you start?

The answer would change from person to person, but we recommend you start with the bedrooms. One bedroom at a time. After all, when you are tired after a long and hard day’s work, you will need some place nice and cozy to crash, wouldn’t you? Bedrooms are more important than living rooms, so they should be your first pick.

However, you need to semi-set up important things in the kitchen to tide you over till the time you organize it properly. The aim here is to get the most important rooms (i.e. the rooms concerning our daily functioning) set up first and anything that is not crucial to our purpose can wait.

Work with a View to Maximize Storage Capacity

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This is another thing that you will have to take into account when creating room-specific checklists.

Create a separate list for everything that you feel doesn’t need to be put on display as of now (create a ‘don’t need now’ folder in a listing app) and should make its way to storage. Further divide this stuff into room-specific storage units.

Storage should ideally be set up first, right after the distribution of furniture, simply because doing it in the end will disturb the settled rooms and increase your workload. But this may or may not be feasible, depending on the storage space you have. Regardless, here are some excellent suggestions to help you make the most of the hidden and not-so-hidden spaces in your bedroom. This is another helpful resource for people looking to create stylish bedrooms that also pack in tons of storage.

At whatever stage you do this, make sure you have a plan (there’s that word again!) for it.

Tackling the Kitchen

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This might take the longest to set up, depending on the amount of kitchenware you own. The average American family owns a lot of cutlery, tableware, appliances, crockery, and utensils of all kinds. Then there are the endless number of jars and pots and pans. This is going to be heavy work. We recommend taking this up only after your bedrooms have been conveniently laid out so that you can rest well when arranging and organizing things in your new kitchen, which may well stretch up to a week (depending on the enthusiasm you have for the work).

Speaking of which, how to set up a kitchen gives us some great ideas on how to tackle this aspect of setting up our new place. Lots of cabinets are always great news. They give you good storage space but with that comes the problem of remembering what you stored where. Once you get the hang of your new kitchen you won’t have to open and close a number of cabinets to find the thing you want. But till then you might want to get hold of a chalkboard or any big whiteboard on which you can list all the most frequently used items in your kitchen and where you’ve stored them.

If a board is too much for you, buy a truckload of post-it notes and paste them all over the cabinets, drawers, and shelves for everybody’s easy reference.

Place a Great Emphasis on Functionality

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In plainspeak this means getting rid of everything that you don’t need. What better time to give away redundant stuff than when you are moving to a new place? We all have a lot in our homes that we don’t have any use for, and we know it in our hearts that we probably won’t need it later either. But the hoarder in us prevents us from giving any of it away and creating some much needed and cherished space in our homes. If you have ended up with things that go back 15 years and that which you only vaguely recall having purchased (much less used) you might want to look up the number of your closest charity and hand your old things over to those who actually might have a use for it.

Conclusion

There are many ways to set up a new house, but going about it in a systematic manner, tackling one room at a time armed with well thought-out lists, is the best we can think of. The above are some suggestions that we feel will serve you well in settling down in your new house.

Begin when you are still about to move; be very clear in your mind about how you want to set up your new rooms; brainstorm with your spouse and/or children to find ideas; and create and recreate plans on Houzz or Remodelista. By the time you are done with all of it, you will be in a good position to set up your new place in a functional yet stylish manner.

The entire process – packing, moving, and setting up your new home — will take a few days so make sure you undertake the move when you have enough free time to devote to the job at hand. Involve your kids in the process, divide responsibilities among all the family members, and try to make it fun for everybody.

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Ho ho ho! And we are back. New Year, new resolutions and new trends. I know you probably already have a bombardment of 2014 trend alerts in your magazines, newspapers, TV shows and of course the internet. But if you are still here and reading this, you are probably still seeking out that something more, something new in terms of aesthetics, fun and functionality that you can incorporate in your home decor.

So what we do is just try to give you that tiny push you need to get started to do some serious business- redecorate your home bang on with the trends and make it one fashionable abode to dwell in.

Something Old Something New, Something Borrowed Something Blue

2014 will be an interesting year in home decor trends. With sleek furniture and sharp silhouettes ruling the roost in home decor the last year, what marks the uprise of the traditional, the old styles of decor this year? Ah! The wistfulness I suppose. However, home decor gets edgy and experimental this year combining elements of the old and the new. We like the way Lindsay Souza, the mind behind the stylish website thepursuitofstyle.com talks about vintage wonders being the real interior design trendsetters this year.

The ease and romance of vintage pieces come together with the comfort and practicality of modern decor to create spaces that breathe exuberance, style and warmth. Consider borrowing ideas from a bygone era. Brick fireplaces and bringing in a vintage style shelf in your study for books or in the dining space for crockery creates some old-world charm in a modern setting. The Pinterest board Shelved Spaces offer you some fascinating designs and functionality of shelves that can be placed anywhere from the bedroom to the kitchen.

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Pantone has announced dazzling blue as one of the leading colors of the year. Having something blue in your interior decor mission 2014 is a good idea. What works for this color is its versatility. As discussed in the much acclaimed Interior Design Show, Vancouver this color can be easily integrated in home décor through large furniture pieces, rugs, curtains, ceramic pottery or simply bright cobalt upholstery.

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Glamor Beckons

Say goodbye to the subtle and demure. This is going to be a year of unrestricted glamor. A trend that has firmly planted its feet in the year is one of black and metallics. Door handles, chandeliers, poster beds,candle-stands, cutlery, the list just goes on. The metal attack is here and we are loving it. Golds and copper have been here for a while, but the real revival has been of brass.

Lending instant drama and glamor to home décor, this metal is becoming a favorite of the aficionados of stylish living. See the pictures below to get an idea of incorporating this in your home décor.

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Brass lamp, photo-frame and flower pot! Still does not like seem like an overdose, right? That’s what true glamor is all about. But if you do not want to go the excess way and instead have one big statement piece, you can always opt for a big mirror or vintage clock to up the glam quotient of your interiors.

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Now just look at this big round brass cocktail table in this Elle Decor page. The table oozes glamor and sophistication. The best part- such varieties of furniture can be easily incorporated in your current setting.

The next big step to make your home look luxurious and dramatic – bring on the Dark-and-Blacks! Black innately is a glamorous and bold color. When combined with metallic accents, it personifies opulence and chic elegance.

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The Splash of Colors

If dazzling blue is one of the leading colors of the year, radiant orchid has managed to emerge as the color of the year. The color is all about exuberance and energy. Having such a color in your interiors is definitely going to liven up your home. The versatility of this color makes it a good choice for all color palettes. So if you are too much in love with your beiges and taupes, but would just love to include a pop of color in your home décor that does not look out of place, you have your color. Radiant orchid is a perfect complement to beige and taupe interiors.

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However, if you want to experiment with colors this season and really make them work for your interiors, there are a myriad of options awaiting you.

Welcome the happy color yellow this season to your homes to add some instant vivaciousness and warmth. Slip in some yellow cushion covers, or just paint that side-table yellow. It has been needing a makeover forever really. In fact check out some great ways to usher yellow in your homes on http://decoratedlife.com/home-decorating-trends-2014-yellow/ .

Miranda Kerr made neon look drool worthy, the runways just could not have enough of them. Wouldn’t it be some fun to add these bright, bold shades in our home décor as well?

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Watch how the turquoise and cobalt look just oh! so lovely paired with the neon cushions. Neons have this adorable tendency to not just stand out with their brightness but also make everything around them look just a tad bit chicer and cuter.

It wouldn’t be wrong to say then that colors will rule the roost in 2014.

Rise of the Ethnic

2013 saw lots of native prints and ethnic handicrafts being incorporated in mainstream home décor. The trend is all set to continue this year too. So if you were planning to travel to the far-east or the Africas, you have one more good reason to do so. Collect the exotic, the local, the ethnic from your travels and use them on your home décor. One of our favorite illustrations of using ethnic art and print in home décor has been John Robshaw’s New York apartment.

Don’t miss the mango-wood lamps and the bamboo side-tables. Transports us to the Indian forests… so peaceful, so relaxing…

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Ode to the Outdoors

Homes are moving beyond just being close spaces. With hectic schedules and little time to travel, the only communion with the outdoors and nature comes from our own little backyards and lawns. Think of having a nice relaxing outdoor oasis and sipping some wine there after a long day of work.

A pool area or a deck with a hammock sounds divine. But the interesting trend seen this year will be the blurring of the indoors and outdoors. More and more walls are being broken to include a room that is literally under the sky but has all amenities of a traditional living or dining room. Similarly open hot patios are being converted into inviting spaces for socializing and dining sessions. Luxurious furniture were earlier designed and made only for indoor functionality. However the residents and the designers have realized now that luxury cannot be confined to four walls and more and more options for design,luxury and comfort are emerging for the outdoors as well.

luxury and comfort are emerging for the outdoors as well.

Better Homes and Gardens offer a fresh perspective on fashionable decor and utility of the outdoors.

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Have your imagination soaring already? Can’t wait to try out these new trends in your home redecoration and renovation? Well, we do give you a little bit more information on implementing these hot trends, room-wise.

Living Room Chic and Chintz

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Modern and traditional blend together to come alive in this stylish living room. Wooden flooring, sharp geometric mirrors and liberal use of rich blacks and browns with metallic accents spell sophisticated glamor. The bamboo flower baskets are such an innovative touch and not to mention bang on trend.(remember the rise of the ethnics)

But we would love a splash of color though, maybe throw in a radiant orchid cushion or a nice big colorful artwork or maybe just a wall painted yellow.

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How we love the yellow lamp shades and the peeping bolster there!

Styling the Bedroom

Bedrooms go uber glamorous in 2014. Graceful and elegant fabrics like silks and velvet, with bursts of color and a vintage piece of work will make your bedroom a show-stopper.

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And what did we tell you about the royalty and versatility of our color of the year – radiant orchid? If you really want to make a change to your room this season, our pick would be paint your bedroom walls in this shade. If all walls sound a bit too risky and dark for you, you could always pick one or just a corner. Open wardrobes with clothes neatly displayed on wooden and bamboo hangers could also be a nice and functional addition to your bedroom.

The Mayhem Room

Color and cheer will be the keywords to decorating your child’s room this year. If we love neons, the kids dote on them. Go overboard with colors in your kids rooms this year. Different shades do not just make the room look vibrant and cheerful but also demarcate territories for children and make organization of their items more systematic. Use a lot of colorful baskets in their room. Color the racks of the cupboards differently so the yellow be for socks, red be for scarves and so on. Toy baskets can also be categorized accordingly. Because kids play around all the time and are running around constantly, keeping adequate amount of lighting in their rooms and sheer curtains is a timeless trend.

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The colors and use of space is quite attractive and intelligent in this room. Don’t you think?

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Lounge chairs and loungers like these in the colors of the season not just make your children’s room trendy but also comfortable. Moreover, these are useful for you too when you want to say those bed-time stories. Another concern that is duly being looked at this season is safety of the children. The material used and rounded edges of this chair thus makes it perfect for your child. Besides the little monsters can jump on it, fall on it, fall with it and not hurt themselves. Now here is an investment worth your money.

Kitchen Wonders

Gold and brass replace iron and steel this year in kitchen trends. The fact that they look fantastic against veined marble slabs in the kitchen only add to their appeal. Stainless steels can bid adieu.

Glamor continues in the food-station as bejeweled kitchen are all set to be a rage this year. Opt for dramatic countertops and backsplashes bedecked with semi-precious stones, agate, malachite and brass, copper and gold accents.

Let the vintage and the contemporary come together for you in your kitchen. Antique pieces in the kitchen is really posh and functionality of modern designs simply cannot be ignored. So blending the two is a good idea.

Black and white is going to be another combination that is trending this year for sophisticated, dramatic kitchens. Black granite and quartz that has a honed or leather finish or browns in wood will be the source of the drama while the lighter colors like marble or light gray will add the touch of subtle and sensual.

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Beautiful Spaces- Bathrooms

Fashionistas and designers claim the bath will emerge as the actual luxe spot of the home this year. No longer can it be ignored as trends evolve specifically to make your bathroom look like a king’s in a reasonable budget.

The statement colors gold and black can totally be put to use to add a real glamorous edge to your bathroom. Elegant, dark frames of another era will break the monotony of your white tiles and add a dramatic look to the otherwise clinical looking bathrooms. Bath tubs get deeper and cozier and more affordable. Metallic décor takes over beyond the fixtures.

A good and inexpensive way to infuse some instant glamor- sleek, modern lighting, frames that appear vintage and silver leafed sink.

But, if contemporary is your medicine and you want to go all bold in remodeling your bathroom, consider fusing in some colors. Having a bold colored tub or painting your bathroom in a bold color will definitely give your bathroom that edginess and uniqueness, the magazines are dictating and you are craving right now. But think about it, can you live with it when the trend changes?

Otherwise, you could just invest in putting a couple of sunny paintings, neon vases, colored racks, flirty mirrors. They will work just as well in changing the look of your bathroom and keeping it trendy.

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The color and freshness!! Now wouldn’t you simply love going to a bathroom with such funky furniture.

So here they are the biggest, brightest and bestest home decor trends of 2014. Get set to make your house a real style haven this year. Having a willingness to experiment will definitely score you some brownie points this season. While these trends are enough to keep you occupied for a while, here are a few more links to some pretty funky websites that will keep you inspired and the home decor connoisseur in you satiated:

http://www.becomegorgeous.com/travel-living/home_decor/interior-design-trends-2014-A11691 – Fashion, lifestyle, home and living they cover it all in style

http://www.viewalongtheway.com/2012/08/whats-your-take-brass-and-bronze-in-decor/ – A charming blog about making changes to make your home more beautiful and warm each day without cutting a hole in your pocket

http://www.eyefordesignlfd.blogspot.in/ – Painted headboards and medals, venetian motifs, this blog is all about vintage and with vintage making such a comeback you should check this out for some stunning home decor pieces and ideas

http://www.pinterest.com/cathryndavis/bedrooms/ – As the name suggests, all your creative thirst for having that most beautiful bedroom will be quenched here

http://www.jws-interiors.com/ – Your sneak-peek and guide to affordable luxury in home décor

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