Easy Home Decor Changes

A beautiful home is a reflection of people who live in it… The decor of your home speaks volume about your aesthetic sense. Whether it is plain & simple, eclectic, vintage, traditional or modern, the decor of your house is the first feel that one gets as they enter your home.

A home decor can be based on a theme or a style you love. The objects that adorn your walls or the furniture that defines the space of your rooms, follows the style or theme that you select. Home decor is therefore a decision that involves planning not just the color of your walls but also some unique finds that will exhibit your unique taste.

No matter how much you love your decor, but there is always a scope for some changes that bring in freshness around the existing theme. You could consider making a few changes here and there, all without much expenditure (or none at all!) and give a new look to your rooms.

There are many things that you can work around with, some of which are listed…

1) Change Covers:

Bed, Pillows, Cushions & dining table… there is a lot of newness that you can create by changing dull or boring covers around your home. Bring out those exotic bed covers you’ve neatly stacked for a special occasion or just get creative with your plain cushion covers and creative appliques / fabric colors / lace / embroidery. Create a theme for each room and then pick covers that suit. Sometimes, creating a festive ambience at home is a great idea… it brightens up the ambience and your mood too!

2) Rearrange display on walls:

Bring down art or handicraft that’s been on walls for ages and replace them with new ones (just exchange between rooms or get the ones that have been lying unused in store / garage!). Wall decals are the newest and very popular way of creating grand effects on walls, often around the furniture. Kids room can be amazingly transformed with wall decals. And if you are a confident artist, just go freehand with colors and a brush… paint the house red! (not literally!)

3) Rearrange furniture:

Many a times a rearranging some furniture can completely change the look of a space. You could create a cozy place for two around your balcony by placing light furniture – a set of two chairs or two huge cushions and a coffee table!

4) Work on Shades:

Work upon curtains. A window with ample sunlight could be toned down with some light color shades, blinds or drapes. Get creative by making your own drapes with some exotic fabric or just some melange for an eclectic styled room.

5) Flower Arrangement:

Whether it is natural or artificial, flowers brighten up any space. Use tall vases to accentuate the flower arrangement. Get creative by touching up flowers with golden shimmer or just a spray of natural essence water to give a fresh look. Dry flower arrangement looks very elegant and is quite easy to create with just some dry branches/flowers/weeds or simply pine cones!

6) Create Natural Ambience:

Placing plants that can be kept in indoors or semi-shade is a great way to create a natural ambience within your home. Indoor plants lend a wonderful natural color to the interior and at the same time carry out the divine task of purifying your home off the toxins, act as natural humidifiers and infuses fresh oxygen. Some of them are Ferns, Golden Pothos (money plant!), Areca Palm, Chinese Evergreen etc. However, research well before your buy them (check if they are safe with kids or pets around the house).

7) Create Art:

There are a number of ways to create an artistic piece. Canvas, colors, fabrics, modgepod, embellishments are just a few things you could gather from a stationery shop and create your very own masterpiece!

8) Use stuff around the house (books, soft toys, photo frames)

If nothing works, books and photo frames can always work wonders. Create an intellectual corner in your living room by arranging books in an artistic manner. There is certainly no dearth of ideas to arrange books (shelf, rack, stack, bookends etc). Find some vintage photos of your parents, grandparents and make a unique framed Sepia gallery or just collect colorful pics of your kids (at beaches, parks, pool) and create an artistic display. Soft toys too (albeit a few of them) can bring about cuteness to a space. A sweet little brown teddy on a white couch does look divine… Isn’t it?

9) Create a ‘Flooring’ Look!:

While you may ignore flooring of your house, it can certainly perk up the look with minimal effort. No hammering, no sticking, no hanging. Plain and simple ‘Throw’. Get some inexpensive rugs, mats, throws to infuse a brand new style in your room. Carpets are high maintenance but if you do own one or a few, put them to good use – spread it where it suits best.

10) Brighten up with Lights (Candles, Lamps):

Lights are the magic makers of home decor. A single lamp shade can change the ambience completely, no matter how huge or small your house is. Besides that, it reduces the strain on your eyes. Its also a great way to accentuate masterpiece art on walls. Candles work well in the dining area (be careful with kids around). A reading corner can be made cozy with a soft shade of lamp.

A bit of rearrangement to your home decor is always a welcome change. Then what are you waiting for, Christmas?

5 Simple Steps to Turn Your Home Into a Beautiful Photo Album

OK… we all have LOTS of pictures.  In photo albums – in shoeboxes – on CDs – still in the camera.  Do your friends see all those great pictures?

Do they know what you and your family have done – what you’re all about?  Where you have been? Do they see what you and your family looked like in years past?  Do they see what your parents and grandparents looked like?  Do they see your friends?  Does anyone actually take out your photo albums and look at the pictures?

In our house, the answer is definitely yes! But for many people, the answer is, unfortunately, no.

Why not change that?  It takes just five easy steps to turn your home into a visual testament to your life.

  1. Select the Photos You Want to Show. These are the ones that really tell the story of your family.  Two types of pictures that work best: show just people, or show people doing something.  Sometimes a photo without a person (like a place you have been) will be good, but mostly, you want to see people.  And for people pictures, up close is the best.  You really get to see what they were like at that moment in their lives.  For the photos of people doing something, though the people will be smaller, the location or activity tells the story.
  2. Write/Create Captions. This is best done when the photos are new and fresh because this is when you remember exactly what happened and why you took the photo.  Could be as simple as “Wanda’s Birthday Party,” or more detailed with location and some of the back story.  These captions are less important today, but years down the road, they will help bring back memories, and remind you of forgotten names (see if your grown children can identify their classmates in their third grade class picture).  Captions can be visible within or below the frame, or can be put on the back of the framed photo should someone be curious.  The visible caption can be the kind of fun statement placed in an interesting shape that you would put in a scrapbook, though these generally are short and sometimes not too informative.  Or they can be more in depth – which lends itself to mounting to the back of the framed photo.
  3. Print and frame. Here is where your creativity really comes in.  When printing, you can crop the photo to get rid of unnecessary and distracting elements and print to just the size you need for the area where the picture will be shown.  The result will then feature your subject and what they are doing.  Framing and matting should complement your décor.  It can be modern or traditional, but it should not distract from or overpower the photo, but enhance it.  Remember, the people and the picture are what is important.
  4. Display with pride.  This is your family and your life.  And as photos change over the months and years, it becomes a dynamic visual history of you and your family.  One of the easiest ways to work out the layout of the pictures is to lay them out on the floor.  You can then move them around to create the pleasing arrangement that suits you.  You can also cut out pieces of Kraft paper the same size as your pictures and temporarily tape them to the wall and rearrange them to get the best arrangement.
  5. Rotate photos over the months and years – bring new photos in.  But when you take old pics out, put them in scrapbooks with captions intact.  In the years to come, you and your family will be very glad you took the time and effort into documenting these pictures.  Also change frames.  It helps bring variety to your interior design, keeping your home always looking fresh and up to date… new photos and frames are easier than new paint on the walls.

The most important point I can make here is to really do it.  Get those photos out of hiding and get them up for you, your family, and your friends to see and enjoy.  And, of course, as you learn more about taking better photographs, people will look at your pictures with admiration and awe.