So you think hangers would look out of place in a living room?

There’s immense scope to turn the humble clothes-hangers, usually confined to your wardrobe, into something that attracts attention and commands admiration.

Turn Them into a Centerpiece

There’s no need to buy a new centerpiece for your coffee table. Simply put your clothes hangers together to make one. You’ll need about 20 wooden hangers and some hot glue.

Get rid of the lower bars and cut the hangers neatly in half so that you retain the hooks. Stick all the hangers together with the hooks facing down. The hooks will act as the stand for your new bowl. Place large pebbles or fruits in the bowl and your centerpiece is ready.

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Display this masterpiece proudly in your living room and get ready for compliments and accolades.

Turn Them into Wall Art

You’ll need about 20 – 22 slim-line hangers and black yarn for this. Get rid of the hooks and individually string each of the hangers with the thread.

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Hang your creation on the wall, as shown in the picture above, for a pendulum-like effect. Spread the hangers out (artistically) a little so that the strings remain taut and untangled.

Turn Them into a Coat Rack

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For this, you’ll need a wooden board, 5 – 6 wooden hangers and super glue. Cut the hangers in half and glue them on to the wooden board with the hooks facing down.

The hangers have now been transformed into an elegant coat rack. Feel free to hang your hats, bags, and scarves on it too!

Turn Them into Poster Holders

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Turn your living room into a bohemian wonderland with this one. You’re going to need 4-5 skirt hangers, an equal number of your favorite posters, and some paint or satin ribbons.

Paint the skirt hangers in a color of your choice, or decorate them with satin ribbons that blend in or contrast with the color of the wall, depending on your preference. Hook the hangers on the wall and clip on the posters. Hang the posters in a straight line or in a particular pattern.

 

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Traveled the corners of the world, stayed in the most expensive and luxurious hotels, camped in deserts and rainforests and found solace in cozy cottages. Been there, done that, and I’d still say there’s no place like home.

Our homes are not just places we live, eat and sleep in. They are also an extension of our lives and personalities. No other space has as much significance for me as my home. It therefore becomes imperative for me to love the space I live in. To achieve that, I never let monotony or boredom settle in my home. And you can achieve that too.

There are some surprisingly simple ways to make your home interiors look completely fresh and new. Borrow a few ideas from homes that you have visited and loved and bring your own fresh perspective to things. Stay updated on home décor trends but don’t follow them blindly. Keep a tab on all the thrift stores you have visited and found beautiful home décor pieces in. Also visit art galleries and exhibitions for inspiration. Keep experimenting with home décor ideas and designs. Don’t stop or be disappointed if some of them don’t turn out great. They will only make you a finer interior designer.

Here are fifteen innovative ways to spruce up your interiors and wake up to a new and lovely home.

Switch on the Retro Magic

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Some things never lose their charm. Vintage décor is one such thing; it is timeless. While you might think that adding retro magic to your home would be an expensive affair, most of the time our homes already possess many artworks, heirlooms, and furniture that look like they are from a bygone era.

You only need to turn the spotlight back on them. Couple the antique lamp with a chest purchased from the junk store. Some of the things found in junk stores and flea markets are worthy steals. Keep an eye out for them.

Frame your old black-and-white family photographs in metal or wood and hang them on the wall next to a table lamp. Unused cutlery handed down to you by your grandma can also be used as decorative pieces.

Old trunks piled on top of each other make for unique side tables and transport you to another era. And if you are lucky enough to possess a gramophone and have stored it in the attic somewhere, get it out. Give it a spot of pride in your living room. You have just created a classy corner!

Spice up the Bedroom

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Stir things up in the bedroom with unpredictable colors, prints and designs. Move over the regular square, round, and floating beds. Get a suspended bed to create a dramatic impact and lots of floor space. If that seems too adventurous to you experiment with colors and textiles in your bedroom to give it a fresh look. Couple ethnic prints with contemporary ones, and soft muted shades with a burst of color, to add depth and dimension to your bedroom. Metallic shades are all a rage this year. Buy gold-laced cushions for your bedroom to create a regal feel.

Bathe in Style

What is a bathroom without a bathtub? Invest in this one luxurious piece to redefine the look of your bathroom. Chuck the usual bathtub for something classic and different like the wooden bathtub in the picture above and bathe in style.

Invest in Multi-storage Furniture

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Invest in furniture that is the perfect blend of comfort and design to derive maximum utility from it and also to keep your interiors spacious. A dining table with a sliding top that transforms into a pool table? You definitely want to consider that! Such furniture looks chic and is a great way to make a home look larger as well as more organized.

A Spellbinding Piece of Work

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Artwork can transform the dullest of spaces into something memorable. It could be a work of a popular artist, a wood-paneled mirror in the dining room, or a beaded chandelier. Your options are many. The idea is for it to be so grand that it casts a spell on your visitors, and of course enhances the beauty of the room it is placed in.

Fire up the Interiors

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A beautiful fireplace can transform your home into a stunner. Look to marble, glass, textured tiles and fieldstones to give a facelift to your fireplace. Pay attention to what you place inside the fireplace as well. Think unique firestones and uniquely cut logs. You can also arrange seating around the fireplace, in true vintage style, to impart a grand look to your living room.

It’s All about the Lighting

The right kind of lighting can do wonders for your interiors. Have you noticed how certain rooms have a refreshing effect on you the moment you step into them? Lighting plays a big part in this. Good lighting can lift a room out of darkness, literally and figuratively, and exude a positive energy.

1. Use a Variety of Lights and Lamps

Four lamps are better than two. Pick your lamps in gorgeous colors and unique shapes. Switch them on and off according to your moods and to create the desired ambience.

2. Versatile Lighting

If having too many light sources is not a feasible option then opt for those that are versatile and can go from dim to bright as you want.

3. Light up Unexpected Places

Incorporate back lighting in unexpected places. Under-the-stair lighting looks fab and can glam up your interiors. Opaque glass window panes with soft light focused on them looks ethereal.

Splash Some Color

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While a room painted white is always classic and never boring, this season home décor is all about colors- fresh, dark, and royal colors that give your home a wow factor. Here are a few suggestions on how to use colors the right way.

1. If your house is painted in one color, mark out one wall in each room and paint it in a different, preferably contrasting, color. This will impart a sophisticated look to the room.

2. Introduce gray, the new neutral, in your home. It works fabulously with both bold colors like yellow and red as well as with softer shades like mauve and violet. Use it as a background for a king-size mirror or combine it with navy blue in the library to create rooms you will never want to leave.

3. Red and tan look rich and royal with wooden furniture but can be a risk in homes with contemporary decor. In such settings they should be used as accent pieces.

Create an Impression at the first Hello

Don’t ignore the exterior of your house. Create an impression at the first hello. Create a unique front door that catches people’s fancy. Give it a personality. A fun, warm, and cheery door would make people want to visit you. You can achieve this by a creative play of colors, patterns and accents.

Unconventional Arrangements of Flowers

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While regular flower arrangements in lovely vases are very appealing, they can hardly be called unique. Think of uncommon flowers and arrange them in unconventional containers. Measuring devices like vials, test tubes and beakers can serve as beautiful containers for flowers. So can conches, surrounded by seashells. Combine rarely used varieties like hibiscus and marigold with roses and hydrangeas in your flower arrangements to create an oriental feel. It will be a true delight for the senses.

Reduce the Clutter

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Interiors containing a million things fighting for space will look congested and off-putting. Reducing the clutter and storing things the smart way is how you keep your home looking tidy and beautiful.

Think of the unused spaces in your rooms and if they can be utilized for additional storage. Space under the stairs can be used to store books, clothes, and other items that you do not need on a regular basis. Use hanging organizers to neatly store your accessories, which otherwise lie all over the place. Make maximum utilization of baseboard drawers in the kitchen. You will have much neater and nicer rooms.

Don’t Ignore the Floor

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Do not underestimate the power of a beautiful floor. If you have no plans of changing the now old and dull flooring in your house, make use of rugs and carpets to bring it to life. You have a myriad of options available in different shapes, colors, textures and fabrics. Pick the ones that will best complement your existing home décor.

Condition Your Furniture to Restore its Glory

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Before you decide to get rid of your old furniture, consider conditioning it. Leather and vinyl furniture must be cleaned and conditioned twice a year to prevent it from drying and cracking, especially if it is exposed to light and dust. Furniture conditioning is easier on pocket and will leave your furniture looking gleaming new.

Add Depth to Your Decor

Add depth and dimension to your décor by including skirted furniture like ottomans and divans in your living room. This will lend warmth, as well as an exotic charm, to the room.

Convert the space below the staircase into a cozy corner or a library. Bring the indoors and outdoors closer by installing glass doors and windows in the kitchen.

Move Your Best Pieces Around

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Most of us have tried this one, but for all those who still haven’t here is a tip that is cheap and always effective. Try shuffling up your home décor a little. Take off that family photograph from the living room wall and hang it in your kids’ room. Remove that beautiful piece of art from the guest room and bring it into spotlight by placing it in the living room. Add a few more artworks around the piece and you have your creative corner right there.

This is easy to do, inexpensive and makes your interiors look new every single time.

To Sum it Up

I hope these tips have been helpful and you feel inspired now to take on the task of giving your interiors a fresh look. Before you start though, do some more research and browse through Pinterest for more ideas. Once you have enough material, develop a strategy to revamp your interiors. Don’t start till you know what you are getting into, especially if it involves spending money or making physical alterations to your place. But once you are clear about the way you want to proceed, happy times await you. Have fun redecorating!

 

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Black and white, classy and vintage, refined and regal, these descriptions sound great and add a touch of glamour to our living spaces. I was a fan myself and my home was a testimony to that. But reading some great home décor blogs and seeing bright and happy colors in friends’ homes stirred a desire in me to do something different with my abode. I decided to experiment with colors I had never touched before.

Luckily for me, my experiment paid off well and I have a beautiful, well-lit, and (for the lack of a happier word) a delightful home now! Basically, I gave my black and white interiors a break and welcomed a few vibrant colors into my home – pinks, reds and yellows. Lots of them!

Are you wondering if these colors can work for your house? The answer is yes, and you’d be surprised to know just how well. So make yourself a hot cup of coffee and settle into your couch with your iPad as I tell you how to bring color and cheer into your home.

Get Ready for Red

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What does the color red bring to your mind?

Excitement, passion, energy? Well, that is exactly the vibe I wanted in my house. I wanted to come home to something that infused life in me after a long and tiring day. A friend of mine suggested I add a bit of color and fun to my living room, something that would stoke the imagination as well as perk me up. He suggested experimenting with red. I was intrigued and decided to give it a try. The results have been fantastic!

A Touch of the Orient

Painting the living room red or bringing in lots of bold red furniture was a bit too adventurous for me. So I decided to start small. I replaced my black and white striped rug with a red and white rug (yes, my love for white continues). I fell in love with this rich red chinoiserie rug, which brought elegance and positivity to the room and complemented the white sofas and couch beautifully. It also made me realize that nothing brings out the beauty of white better than red.

These are some fun ways to add red to your living room:

1. Red walls work great for both compact as well as large rooms. In smaller living rooms where you do not get much light, have one of the walls painted in red. An oak or white fireplace would provide a brilliant contrast.

2. Grey, white, black and wooden furniture looks glamorous and charming with a dash of red. Including red cushion covers, red upholstered tables, curtains and artifacts, and paintings and home décor pieces where the color dominates will keep your living room looking beautiful while also making you feel powerful. Red is associated with power, after all.

3. For all you nature enthusiasts, fresh red flowers arranged in vases or left floating on water is a timeless way to infuse color and freshness into your décor.

Letting the Color of Love and Passion Adorn Your Bedroom

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The charm of red need not be confined to the living room either. You already know the magic the color holds. Wouldn’t you love some of it in your bedroom too?

Here are some interesting ways of incorporating red into your bedroom:

1. Retain the sophistication but switch on the glamor with subtle red accents in the bedroom. Hints of red on vintage artwork or in upholstery like pillow covers and cushion covers create romance.

2. I would recommend going all the way by painting your walls red, enhanced by red rugs and red artwork. Let love and passion take over! Just make sure you use different shades of red to break the monotony and add an element of luxury to the room.

Say Yes to Yellow

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Yellow has always meant spring to me. Cheerful and lovely, yes, but what do I do with it? Fortunately, I recently discovered that the color is synonymous with many other things besides spring. And guess what? It has always been a favorite with interior designers! Why? Because yellow is an energetic and happy color that can transform the dullest of the interiors into something picture perfect!

Create a vibrant and lively home with yellow by using it in your porch, living room, kitchen, or the bedroom.

A Sunny and Happy Setting

Yellow is great for hallways, entrances and porches. A yellow front door will stand out and impart a happy and welcoming feel.

Yellow being a bright color makes smaller places look bigger, which makes it an ideal shade for tight spaces.

Be imaginative and intelligent and pick the right shade of yellow for your home to create a sunny and happy setting.

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Experiment with hues of yellow to give a zesty touch to your bathroom. The yellow wall and floors make quite a stylish statement in this bathroom

In the Kitchen

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Whether you have a compact eat-in kitchen or a big cooking area, using yellow in a generous measure will make dining and cooking an even more enjoyable experience.

Blend the bright with the subtle- this is a good idea when using bright yellow in your kitchen. If you are opting for yellow cabinets or walls, team them up with oak and mahogany floors and a granite backsplash.

However, if you feel skeptical including so much yellow, you can always opt for clever yellow accents. That’s what I did. Take inspiration from the picture below.

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The yellow chairs complement the black doors and the turquoise vase and curtains well.

Perfect Partner to Other Colors

Anyone who has an eye for artistic details will notice that yellow doesn’t just look good with most other colors, it makes them look better.

When you want to add a touch of softness and warmth to a minimalistic décor, opt for the lemony shade of yellow. Introduce yellow in the form of curtains, rugs, a storage cabinet, or simply a lounge chair.

Finally, remember that yellow can be extremely overwhelming and must be used in your décor with caution. Yellow is like a shot of tequila that has you buzzing in no time but a binge will only result in a nasty hangover.

It’s those cozy corners and paintings with yellow frames, the vintage bookcase, or the yellow mantel that make us drool; drowning a room in yellow, however, will only result in crankiness and irritability all around.

Moving into a Pink Paradise

Move over feminine and sweet, this color has come into its own in fashion and interior decoration circles, and many connoisseurs of art and all things classic are welcoming it into their homes with open arms.

Hot Pink for the Pretty Young Thing

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They don’t call it hot pink for nothing. This color has the ability to make anything look sensuous and sexy. If you are a single girl living in the city, and lucky enough to have a place of your own, go wild with pink in your home!

Have that hot pink room you’ve always desired. Paint the walls in this shade. Metal and wood furniture looks great with pink walls or carpets. If you have black floors and black upholstered furniture in your room, a mantel or a dresser in hot pink will create a dramatic impact.

Have a frosted glass-door wardrobe that allows a peek-a-boo into your proud collection of designer clothes and accessories. It will be both stylish and functional. Invest in glamorous pink or satin hangers to arrange and preserve your clothes. The pink of the hangers visible through the glass doors will instantly raise the style quotient of the room. Chic and classy! You will, however, have to make sure that your wardrobe is well-organized at all times, especially when you are expecting company. A messy wardrobe would just kill the effect we are trying to achieve with this arrangement.

When Pink Spells Sophistication

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Soft pinks, whites, and pastels are some of the most relaxing and calming colors to include in home décor. Baby pink or light pink accents in your bedroom would look fabulous. And ladies, your husbands won’t complain if the pink is of the right shade, in the right proportion, of the right design, and in the right place. Strike a balance with pink and soon the sophisticated, subtle and soothing nature of the color will mesmerize your man.

Pops of Pink

This dynamic color has the ability to transform the most boring and dull of the rooms into stunners. Include pops of pink in your living room in the form of curtains, photo frames, a single oversized chair, the couch by the window, or just a lamp. The shade of pink you choose can border on red or have strong undertones of lilac and purple. Choose wisely from the vast and diverse family of pink.

If you want to use pink in your bathroom, think of pink wall papers, pink paintings or light pink ceramic for the bathtub. However, light pink ceilings in bathrooms are show stealers. Fresh pink flowers are also a great way to spruce up any space.

To Conclude

Home is where the heart is, and it’s also where we spend most of our quality and personal time. So investing time, money, and a little thought into setting it up beautifully is totally worth it. Colors add joy, fun, and meaning to our lives. Using the right colors in our home and making it a beautiful place to live in is an enjoyable process, therapeutic even.

I hope this was a good read for you and you have found ideas that stimulated the designer in you. We would love to hear from you if you try out any of these ideas for your home or have new and fabulous suggestions of your own for incorporating pinks, reds and yellows into your décor.

Till then I leave you with a few fantastic blogs that will be a great read for those interested in all things beautiful, fine, and unique about home décor.

http://www.designtripper.com/

http://stylebeat.blogspot.com/

http://www.elledecor.com/

http://www.sohautestyle.com/

http://www.designsponge.com/

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