Decor for Living Spaces

 

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Add pops of colour with accessories
It's easy to add colour to any room in the home using decor accessories. Shop around your favourite home decor stores and you will find decor accessories in bold, bright colours and patterns that make it easy to add a quick and easy dose of colour to liven up a room. 
DIY ideas for making a console table
If you entry or hall lacks style perhaps you should think about adding a console table. A simple console table topped off with a few favourite accessories and you can add your own personal touch to the space. We put together a selection of DIY ideas for console tables, so grab your power tools and start planning!
Cheat your way to a refreshed home
Whether you read home decor magazines, watch home improvement TV shows, or browse the Internet for design ideas, you will have seen before and afters that show how to transform a plain room into a spectacular space on a limited budget and in no time at all. The secret to the success for many of these projects is to cheat... just a bit !
Decor ideas to steal
Decorating a home isn't easy if you don't have an inate talent for bringing together different elements. Some people find it much easier to put together a collection of images - a mood board - of things they like and then use these as a guide in decorating a room. If you are one of those people, here are some ideas to steal for decorating your home.
Create a cosy living room
The past few days of icy-cold weather have had many pulling out blankets, tossing on woolens and staying indoors as much as possible. Creating a cosy home isn't necessarily about turning up the heat but more about how you dress a home during the colder months so that it looks and feels warmer.
Mix together modern and traditional styles
These days, when it comes to decor and style for a home, it seems that anything goes. Where eclectic was previously not considered as mainstream now, top international designers are combining old and new to create eclectic interiors that bring together a mix of traditional and modern in new, very pleasing ways.
Making a small apartment, flat or townhouse larger
When you are living in a small apartment, flat, townhouse or house, finding extra space can be challenging. But there are quite a few ways of adding on extra space without spending too much money simply by taking a careful look at the layout and incorporating a few clever space-saving methods.
Ideas using reclaimed or salvaged window frames
We have looked at ways to re-purpose a reclaimed door, or how to re-purpose old drawers, so how about even more ideas for repurposing a window frame. Take a Sunday drive out into the country and pop into vintage dealers, pawn shops and secondhand stores to pick up a window frame or two and be creative...
 
Modern solutions for dividing open space living areas
Open plan living spaces might be a way to create a home that feels spacious, but it does have its disdvantages when it comes to creating a certain amount of privacy in living zones. Let's be honest, unless you're an absolute neat freak one hundred percent of the time, you're bound to have areas that you would prefer to not have in full view. Here are some modern solutions for dividing open space living areas.
 
Winter home window treatments
When it comes to keep out winter chills, something as simple as adding a window treatment can make all the difference. Adding blinds, curtain panels or drapes goes a long way towards helping keep a home warm during winter. If you don't already have blinds or curtains, take a look at a few options to consider that not only look good, but will also help insulate your home.
 
Dress up a plain interior door
Here's a quick and easy DIY option to dress up a plain interior door. Use pine moulding or trim to add a framed fabric panel to doors. You will find a selection of pine moulding and trim at your local Builders Warehouse, and most fabric stores stock burlap or hessian to add a fabric panel to a door.
 
Decor accessories make a home
Remove all the personal items from a home and you're left with a room that is sterile and unlived in. It's the little things that make a house a home, and decor accessories, soft furnishings and personal touches are what make a big difference. Not to mention the fact that, when mixed with a few of your favourite collectibles and treasured pieces, a few additional décor items allow you to set the scene, lift the mood, or just add some colour to a room.
 
Adding a rope bannister to staircase
Nancy Muchangwa, our resident DIY Divas, is busy doing improvements to her house. One improvement is to knock down the wall at the side of the staircase, as it blocks a lot of light and makes the staircase cramped and dark. After looking at various alternatives I stumbled upon a rope bannister as an affordable way to finish off a staircase...
Add an element of warmth and texture to a home
We have seen quite a bit of metallics used in home decor and this trend doesn't seem to be fading, as gold, silver and copper continues to show up on catwalks, and makes a feature in homes when used a wall tiles, textiles and decor accessories. You can easily add a touch of metallic to a home with the Rust-Oleum Universal range of metallic spray paints.
A warm welcome to your home
After curb appeal, the next best way to create a welcoming atmopshere in any home is at the entrance. Creating a warm welcome immediately sets the atmosphere for guests and visitors and makes them feel comfortable. We put together a few ideas on decorating an entrance, small or large, that won't cost a fortune and that anyone can do.
How to paint upholstered furniture
I know that there are many readers who will find this project interesting. Having previously posted on painting upholstered furniture, and receiving lots of enquiries on this topic, I thought it might be nice to share another painted upholstery project with you.
Home decor without the hassle
The Internet and online buying has brought about a change in the way we design our home interiors. While previously limited to hiring a professional interior designer, or spending countless hours searching for those perfect items, the Internet makes the process easier and far less hassle.
White with a splash of colour
If you are living in a rental home this article will definitely interest you since we look at decorating with white and adding a splash of colour with accessories, art and soft furnishings. Many people think cold and sterile when thinking of white interiors, but white can be warm and comfortable as well.
Decorate a home to suit your personality
If you feel that your house doesn't quite feel like home, or reflects a style that isn't comfortable that fits in with your lifestyle, perhaps you need to look at adding more personality to your living spaces. Use these tips to create a home that looks beautiful and that connects on an emotional level.
Ikea inspired designs for 2014 - It's all about colour!
The Ikea catalogue for 2014 might offer products that sadly aren't available to us here in South Africa, but that's no reason not to take ideas and inspiration. The new Ikea catalogue is filled with colour, with colour-splashed furniture being the dominating feature. Hone up your upholstery skills and grab your sewing machine... colourful slipcovers and cushions are going to be a feature this year!
Paint a ceiling with metallic paint
Add unexpected drama and elegance to a plain dining room with a metallic ceiling trimmed with pine or supawood moulding. The Plascon Metallic range of paints is an effective way to transform a ceiling into a statement. Gold metallic paint bounces light around the room and adds another dimension to a boring dining room.
 

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