Fun and Funky Kitsch and Curiosities

April 16, 2014 by  

Kitsch gets a bad wrap more often than not. It’s often stigmatized as being cheap, cartoony, and sometimes even in poor taste. However, the great thing about things that are considered kitsch is that they eventually come to be appreciated as art. Kitsch has started to gain a massive number of people who appreciate it as art and are starting to decorate their home with it. If you have a bunch of kitschy looking knick knacks that you are thinking of getting rid of then you may want to reconsider as you could be sitting on a home decorating goldmine. Here are some tips on how you can turn your kitsch into amazing decorating material.

LitchThe first thing you need to keep in mind is just what kind of kitsch you have in your home. Do you have knick knacks, posters, or collectables that nobody really collects? Whichever kind you have you have to build your decorating around the type. This gives you a theme that you can play around with and make work. Even building your theme out from a color featured on the kitsch or the time period it’s centered around can be a great way to play it up without making the kitsch the only interesting thing in the room. Kitsch is known for it’s uniqueness and interesting bits so using that to it’s full potential is only going to serve in making your decor amazingly unique.

The thing to keep in mind about kitsch is that to make it work as a decorating tool you have to make it fun. Lots of kitsch pieces have interesting textures and designs that can be used to add something extra to what is an otherwise boring or drab room. Turning a beige or neutral room into something fun with colorful kitsch pieces is easy to do and invites guests and even family to start conversations. In fact, if you want to take it up to that next level, you can even start to add to your kitsch collection to tie the theme together.

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The Art of Pattern Mixing

April 14, 2014 by  

MoreSpicedTones600Growing up, you probably learned that pattern mixing was a fashion faux pas. Whether you were pulling together an outfit or making over a room, the old rules dictated that you should only use one pattern and stick to solids for everything else. Anything else was considered tacky. Happily, that rulebook has been thrown out the window! Pattern mixing is no longer a no-no. Interior design has embraced the art of the mix, and beautiful room decor often incorporates multiple prints into a single space.

Pattern mixing, when done correctly, works much in the same way that using different fabrics and textures in a room, adding a sense of depth through layering. Using multiple prints adds visual interest to a room, which in turn makes it feel more inviting. In the end, it’s all about balance. In a room that is too stark, our brains get bored quickly, prompting us to move on to something more interesting. In a room that is too cluttered, our brains get overwhelmed quickly, prompting us to seek out a more tranquil spot. In the middle is the sweet spot; just enough variety to keep our interest without being overwhelming.

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Travels and Trunks

April 14, 2014 by  

Travel inspired decor is one of the hottest interior design trends for 2014. Globes, maps, compasses, steamer trunks, and vintage suitcases are all making an appearance in home accessories. You’ll find an endless array of items to purchase, but you’ll also want to dig out souvenirs from your own travels to add a personal touch to your decorating efforts. You can’t vacation all the time, but there’s no reason you can’t bring some of that feeling into your home.

Here are some fun ways to add a global twist to any room in your house:

1. Maps – Whether you find them in art shops, on thrifting excursions, or at teaching supply stores, maps are a fabulous way to add color and interest to any wall in the house. Old or new, depicting the world, a country, or a state, they’re all great for decorating. If you want to personalize your map, add pushpins to the places you’ve been. You’ll also find map print wallpaper, throw pillows, and curtains if you prefer that to an actual map.

2. Globes – You’ll find globes ranging in size from miniscule to enormous, built to stand alone or to sit on a table top. Globes come in a wide variety of colors; blue and beige are the most common, but with their rise in popularity, artistic versions of these old standbys can be found in every color of the rainbow. Globes look nice as decor, but they’re also fun and educational. Everyone from small children to the elderly are drawn to them, and if you have company, it will be the rare person who can resist the urge to give it a spin.
Trunks and Travel

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Get a New Look on the Cheap with Accents

April 14, 2014 by  

If you’re feeling bored with your living room’s look, but new furniture isn’t in your budget, you can give it a brand new feel without breaking the bank. The best way to change the overall style of any room without spending a ton of money is to focus on accents. You can switch it up by playing with colors and patterns, breathing new life into your tired old furniture.

1. Pillows – You can find great pillows at every price point imaginable, so this is one category where there’s something for everyone. For anywhere from ten bucks to hundreds of dollars each, you can indulge your love of color, patterns, and texture in ways that will make you forget that you thought your couch was boring. Don’t make the mistake of wedding yourself to a cluster of pillows that are all exactly the same. You’ll achieve a better look with a hodgepodge of colors and fabrics. Mix it up by pairing suede with silk, or embroidered cotton with rugged saddle leather. Create a lovely chaos with stripes, florals, and solids.

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Lighten Up! 5 Tips to Brighten Any Space

April 14, 2014 by  

There are a number of ways to brighten up your space, and there are a lot of reasons to do so! One important factor is that the quality of light in your home can have a serious impact on your mood. A dark home can feel drab, heavy, and depressing. The lack of light has a sedating effect, so you could find yourself feeling tired and sluggish. Brighter rooms have the opposite effect. They feel more cheerful and uplifting, and you may find that your energy levels increase from spending time in areas that have more light.

If you live in a home with small rooms, there’s another advantage to brightening up your space. It can actually make your rooms look larger. Dark colors in a small room have a tendency to make it visually shrink. On the other hand, lighter, brighter colors open it up and make it appear larger than it actually is. The illusion of more space might not give you more square footage and storage capabilities, but it can make you feel like you’re less crowded, and that’s almost as good.

If you feel like you and your home could benefit from lightening up, it’s easier to achieve than you might think.These five simple tips will help you brighten up your space in no time flat:

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