Think Outside the Box for Interior Design Ideas

There are tons of Interior Design Ideas out there
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Whether you want to give your whole home a new look, or just makeover one room, this post is for you. Here we give you some ideas to help you to get the inspiration you need to make your home look its best.

Traditional sources for home decor ideas

We know from your comments that most of you love home design magazines. Despite the fact they are not cheap a lot of you clearly subscribe to them. They are a real joy to flick through. However, there is a problem, many of the ideas you find in those magazines just do not translate. Most of the homes in the articles are massive, so some of the features you fall in love with would look ridiculous if you tried to replicate them in your own home.

Other sources of inspiration

Fortunately, there are other places you can turn to for inspiration. For example, the web is full of websites like ours that feature posts that are designed to help you with home decor ideas.

Foreign home design websites

If you are looking for something a bit different, browsing foreign-based DIY websites is a great idea. Most include good quality photos, and if there is any text that you need translated, all you have to do is to copy and paste it into a translation programme like this one.

Showhomes

Show home interior design is usually ahead of the trend. For this reason, visiting local housing developments is a great way to get ideas for your own home. The fact that the properties you are looking at will have similar size rooms to those you have means that most of the ideas you see will work well in your rooms.

TV

Another source of inspiration many people forget is films and TV shows. If you like modern homes, the latest episode of soaps, and sit-coms are great for giving you home decor ideas.

For those who want a period look, watching films from that era can be a fantastic way to get ideas. If you see something that you like all you need to do is to go online and do an image search for that film. Often you will be able to find a photo of the room you like, and be able to print it off and add it to your stylebook.

Of course, DIY and home makeover shows are also a good place to get decorating ideas. If you are considering making over your kitchen try watching a few of the latest cooking shows as well.

Your friend’s homes

If a friend of yours has a room in their house decorated, and offers to show you it. Take him or her up on the offer. Often you will be surprised by what they have done, and get some ideas that are likely to work well in your home too.

Next time you are ready to decorate your home, take the time to do some research, and use the resources above to get some great interior design ideas.

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Steps to Take Before Shopping for a Patio Furniture Sectional

Have you ever heard of buyer’s remorse? If you’ve ever felt guilty after making a purchase, then you’ve experienced it. It can be a terrible feeling especially when it’s justifiable. It is often felt by consumers following the purchase of what is considerably expensive. 22% of homeowners suffer from this guilt after purchasing their homes. Consumers purchasing other items, such as expensive handbags, furniture and other household items also experience it. It stems from the fear of having made a bad decision and spending too much money.

sofa

If you’re planning to purchase a patio furniture sectional, you’re likely to suffer buyer’s remorse. However, with the right kind of planning, you can avoid this sense of guilt. The following are some steps you can take to ensure that you’re satisfied with your purchasing decision.

Begin by researching

Carrying out research is one of the most important steps when making a purchase. This step will help you make an informed decision. Consider the style you want and what you want to achieve with your outdoor furniture. If you want to create a small space for family, consider simple and cozy pieces.

Research styles, fabrics, materials and sizes. Find out what brands are available and which offers the best quality products.

Measure your space

You may have identified a style that you like, but it may not fit in the space available for your furniture. Measure the space available to determine the size of furniture you can purchase for the space. You’ll need to consult these measurements when making your purchase.

Create space

You can create more space for your furniture by clearing items from the space. This may give you even more room for the furniture you plan to purchase. You may be able to purchase a larger piece by simply ensuring that there is adequate space available.

Choose a color scheme

What’s your current décor? What look are you trying to achieve? Your furniture should complement the overall design of the space. Be careful to choose a color that will complement the décor. Keep in mind that the sectional you purchase will be the centerpiece of your outdoor space. If you like a sectional in a specific color, you may consider adapting the space to suit the color or pattern you’ve chosen.

Determine your budget

One of the main reasons people feel guilty after making a purchase is because they did feel that they’ve spent too much on an item. You can avoid this by setting a budget for your purchase. This will be your guide when searching for furniture. Although sectional furniture can be more expensive than traditional sofas, it provides more seating space than the traditional sofa. Taking the time to compare costs and styles from different suppliers will help you identify a good deal for your sectional.

Visualize

Visualize just how your purchase will make a great difference to your outdoor space before you make the purchase. Ensure your selected style will have the desired effect. If not, keep searching.

 

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Bachelor Tips: How to Furnish an Apartment

Furnish an Apartment

Got your first place? Just got out a long-term relationship? Whatever the reason is, you are a man living on his own now and you should have an apartment that reflects your sophistication and style. Here are some tips for bachelor’s on how to furnish an apartment.

Ditch the Dorm Room Decorations
Unless you want every guest you bring over to know you peaked at age 19, get rid of your frat-house tier accessories. I’m talking specifically about your Bob Marley poster, “keep calm” poster,  any beer related posters, or pretty much any poster. If you have a unique poster sized print you really cherish, spend a few bucks and get it framed. If it isn’t worth getting framed it isn’t worth putting on your wall. Also make sure you limit the amount of sports memorabilia in your house, a subtle pint glass or single banner are enough to show your love for your favorite team. Some people may like cereal but you don’t see their rooms covered captain crunch jerseys. Most importantly, ditch the empty booze bottles, there is no need to show guests how many bottles of Fireball or tequila you have consumed, in fact as an adult you should be concealing your booze bottles not showing them off as trophies.

Invest in the Essentials
If you are on a budget, that is okay, embrace minimalism.  Instead of buying one of everything from Ikea, invest in quality essentials. For example a quality classic leather sofa that will last is a must. Also a nice table and chairs, it doesn’t have to break the bank but a nice dining room set can last a lifetime and will be the center of countless memories. Once you have a dining room set, a couch, the only thing remaining is a bed; again this is an item that is worth spending a bit extra on. Now you are set, you can eat, relax, and sleep in comfort and style. Once you have these you can pick up secondary items at your discretion, when you see the perfect piece for your apartment and you have the budget, pick it up. There is no rush.

One-of-a-Kind
Furnish an Apartment

You’re unique and your apartment should reflect this. While department store serve a useful purpose and place, you don’t want your place to look like it was put together over night. You want an authentic and personal style. Make sure you include furniture and artwork that is one of a kind. Look for something at an antique market, an art’s fair, the thrift store. Not only is this a great way to save money, it is also crucial in making your place feel like home and a great conversation starter.

I hope this tips on how to furnish an apartment will help you make your bachelor’s pad reflect success and not the stereotypical messy studio. If you plan right you can have a unique, stylish, modern apartment  on just about any budget.

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