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Zena's Secret Decor Tips 



Ready to get some of my secret decor tips?


We all have preferences at the moment of warming a living space.  I take into consideration these 12 tips when reviewing my pre-shopping list.


The more you know on how to organize your space the more you will benefit by combining the 5 elements of health:  1. Body - 2. Thought - 3. Family - 4. Society - 5. Finances


Read them and select two per item to create you own style... Have FUN !!!  


1. Rugs

Rugs can be purchased in varying sizes and shapes and in varying materials and costs can range from inexpensive to very costly. A quick and easy way to add color, texture, warmth and character to a room is to place an area rug within a room. Rugs create intimacy, feeling of coziness and create a focal point to establish a color direction in a room.


There are antique rugs, and there are new ones that are made using traditional patterns and motifs. An antique rug is technically at least 100 years old, althou an 90-year-old rug may be considered an antique. A semi-antique rug is 40 to 70 years old and generally is not as valuable.


An antique rug is an investment and the condition should be carefully examined before buying-one in good condition will increase in value over time. Older rugs are made by hand and show irregularities that add character and originality. New rugs can also be made by hand or else by machine. Reproduction rugs are available in many different styles. Area rugs are traditionally made from wool, silk, or cotton.


* Animal-hide rugs: can be very chic. They have an interesting shape and texture, either short and brisly or shaggy depending on the animal. A cowhide rug has a Western look that is often used in contemporary design and can be great in any room. There are also cowhide rugs stenciled with zebra stripes. Bearskin rugs, with a head still intact and mouth open showing big, sharp teeth, were often seen in nineteenth-century Victorian houses. Finding such a rug today requires combing flea markets and auctions, but can make quite a statement, on the floor or on the wall. A bearskin can also impart a Hemingwayesque hunting lodge look. Finally, sheepskins make wonderful throw rugs in front of the fire or by a bed.


* Auburn rugs: are made with flat weave technique and are generally quite ornate. the name comes from the town of Aubusson in central France where tapestry works were established in approximately the seventeenth century or earlier (Aubusson was also well-known for producing tapestries.) These rugs often have floral designs with architectural elements and beautiful soft colors. An Aubusson rug is delicate and best used in a room that is not heavily trafficked. It has a very French and formal look to it.


* Bessarabian rugs: are from the region of Bessarabia on the Western shore of the Black Sea that has been a part of both Romania and the Ukraine-depending on the political situation. The designs are often floral with elegantly drawn motifs and colors in earth tones. The style shows both French and Oriental influences. Bessarabian rugs rugs are almost always woven, meaning they have no pile. The rare Bessarabian rug with pile is very valuable. Bessarabian rugs are not as formal as, for example, Savonnerie or Aubusson rugs.


* Braided rugs: are made with braided strips of cotton or wool. The strips are sewn together making a rug that is often oval but can also be square or rectangular. Braided rugs have an informal, rustic appearance and, these days, can be either machine made or handmade. Use braided rugs, either cotton or wool, in a country house in any room. They are versatile and attractive and can also be used in an informal city setting.


* Flokati rugs: are Greek hand-woven area rugs made from 100-percent wool that are almost always a natural, off-white color. They have been produced for centuries and were a staple of early Greek shepherds. In the 1970s these sheep's wool rugs were very popular, and in recent years they have reemerged in contemporary design. Flokatis are very shaggy, with a pile 3 or 4 inches long. They are cozy and have a great texture. They are relatively inexpensive and not too big, which make them easy to take with you to your next home. They are great in a bedroom or a living room or really any room that is not formal in the traditional sense. They are best used as throw rugs over a wood floor or over a flat floor covering such as sisal. Flokatis suit any look from comtemporary to Mediterranean.


* Kilim rugs: are hand-knotted rugs that are thin, lightweight and durable. Kilim is a turkish word that implies the flat weave technique. kilims typically have a geometric design that can be bold and colorful. They are used in a wide variety of looks-from country to contemporary-and create a great splash of color on floors of wood, terracotta tile, or sisal. Kilims are often used in Southwestern style. They can also be used as wall hangings. Over time the colors of a kilim fade to beautiful soft hues.


* Needlepoint rugs: are made with wool yarn that is cross stitched onto a heavy canvas backing. Any variation of color and pattern is possible. Needlepoint rugs primarily come from France. England, and, to a lesser extent, Portugal. They can have fine or large stitching. The large stitching is called gros-pointe: the smaller stitch is petit-pointe. Needlepoint rugs are still made today, but if you find an antique one in good condition, it will be a jewel. They are versatile and can be used from living room to bedroom. The design of the needlepoint will have much to do with the look of the rug. Besides rugs, needlepoint can also be used for upholstery and for throw pillows.


* Oriental rugs: is a general term for rugs that are Caucasian, Chinese, Indian, Persian and Turkish. These rugs are named after the place where they were made or the people who made them. All have unique traditional designs. Many have a center medallion. The richness of color and and the intrinsic design value make them works of art for the floor. Oriental rugs suit both contemporary and traditional design. They are timeless and highly versatile. An Oriental rug is a purchase that you will have forever. Here are the major types of Oriental rugs:


* Caucasian rugs: come from the region between northwest Iran and eastern Turkey including Armenia and Azerbaijan. Of these rugs, there are three main types: Karabakh, Kazak, and include Daghestan, Kuba, Shendje, and Soumak. Although there are more refined, they generally have primary colors and a provincial look.


* Chinese rugs: dating from early times are sometimes called Nangxia after the region where they were made. Basically all traditional Chinese rugs have Buddhist or Taoist motifs including the endless knot and the dragon. The predominant colors in Chinese rugs are navy blue, ivory, and yellow. A Chinese rug will almost always have blue in it. They are made with silk and wool piles and often have a pale background with a more deeply colored design.


* Indian rugs: often from Agra and Amritsar. Other types of Indian rugs include Kashmir, Lahore, and Srinagar. Most Indian rugs have softer colors and a less rigid design than other Oriental rugs. The designs are similar to Persian rugs but tend to be less opulent.


* Persian rugs: come from the area that is now Iran. They include the popular Tabriz, Heriz, and Sultanabad rugs. Tabriz rugs, which come from town in northwest Iran, have a more formal look than some other Persian rugs. Heriz rugs tend to have geometric patterns and colors in jewel tones, meaning deep reds and blues. Subtanabad rugs come from the Arak region in northwest Iran and have a short pile. Other types of Persian rugs are Bakhtiary, Bijar, Feraghan, Kerman, Sarook, Senneh, and Serapi rugs.


* Turkish rugs: come mainly from central Turkey and include Anatolian, Hereke, and Oushak rugs. Oushak rugs are quite popular and for good reason. The designs are fairly informal and larger in scale. In general they are attractive and highly versatile.


* Painted floor cloths: are literally paintings that go on the floor. Heavy canvas is stretched and painted, often using stencils, and coated with protective finish. Floor cloths were first popular in early eighteenth-century England and America. It is possible to buy pre-primed canvas for this purpose at art supply stores. If you 're preparing the canvas yourself, which you might do for a floor cloth that is not a standard size, the canvas must be stretched first and both sides of it primed before painting. It's important to talk to an expert at an art supply store about which products to use. Painted floors offer a great opportunity to have a custom-made floor treatment with the right scale, colors, and pattern for the room.


* Rag rugs: are traditionally made using scraps of cotton and wool textiles. Rag rugs were born of necessity on the American prairie in the late nineteenth century, out of clothes worn thin from hard work. They are generally not very big and often are round or oval. During the Arts an Crafts Movement at the start of the twentieth century, the rugs were particularly popular. They are made by pulling scraps of cloth through burlap with a hook or with braided strips of fabric sewn together. They tend to have simple designs. Rag rugs can be used in a country house, a beach house, a child's room, or by a bed. They have a cozy handmade feel. They go very well with the light and airy Scandinavian or Swedish style.


* Savonnerie rugs: were first made in France and graced the grand estates of nobility in the seventeenth and eighteenth centuries. The savonnerie rug factory was established in the early seventeenth century in an old soap factory, thus the name, which means "soap factory" in French. A Savonnerie rug, which has a thick pile, is best used in a special room without a lot of traffic. They are formal and have a very European look. The style has been widely reproduced and Savonneri-style rugs come from all over the world.


* Tibetan rugs: with a luxuriously thick pile, are mostly handmade in Nepal for export to the West. Tibetan rugs are made with wool or silk pile or a combination. The motifs are sometimes traditional Tibetan Buddhist images, but many of the rugs are made in solid colors and with contemporary designs to meet the demands of the Western market. Their rich simplicity makes them suitable for almost any style. The colors are generally very beautiful. Tibetan rugs have become widely available and more popular in recent years. They are generally high-quality rugs that are a good value.


2. Candles:

Candles are widely available in many different shapes, colors, and sizes. Choose a color that you think works with your ceremony, and ideally buy ones that are scented with essential oils.


Candle colors link to your aspirations. You can bring in some basic color therapy when choosing the candles to use in your clearing ritual. The warmer or cooler vibrations of the various colors will create a different feel to the room being cleansed; choose one that achieves the effect you desire.


Candles are wonderful energizers, which have a long religious history: temples and churches have the uplifting glow of candles in them, and visitors will often light a candle to dedicate to a loved, deceased relative. In the home the positive, energy of candles will revitalize a room's atmosphere.


Choosing candles: candle colors link to your aspirations. You can bring in some basic color therapy when choosing the candles to use in your clearing ritual. The warmer or cooler vibrations of the various colors will create a different feel to the room being cleansed; choose one that achieves the effect you desire.


- Red: a warm stimulating color that encourages physical activity; it can also revive passion in the bedroom.
- Orange: a creative color to enliven a room and bring in joy and enthusiasm
- Cinnamon: a stable, grounding color that will harmonize a room.
- Yellow: a mentally stimulating color that can help arouse lively conversations or increase concentration.
- Green: a harmonizing color that brings balance, soothes the emotions, and offers security and protection.
- Blue: a calm, cool color that engenders feelings of peace, particularly in the bedroom.
- Purple: a soothing, intuitive, and psychic color, used for cleansing meditation rooms and bedrooms.
- White: the color of purity; it gives protection and comfort.
- Gold: the color of abundance and understanding.
- Silver: the color of the moon; a balancing color that encourages change and learning.


3. Lighting:


Lighting creates ambience and makes a room welcoming. Good lighting enables activity, enhances color, and gives a room a sense of warmth and life. Lighting can fill a dark corner, lift a low ceiling, camouflage a dark angle, or brighten up a gloomy room. We are always seeking balance, so we don't want to over-light or under-light any area.


Light fixtures also bring fun and fashion to a space. One of the keys to creating a comfortable and flexible room is to layer the lighting. There are three kinds of lighting to consider. Use a mix ambient, task, and accent lighting to delineate different zones. Choose light fixtures and lamps that add character to your decor.


Ambient lightingBegin with the ambient lighting or general lighting that just makes the room visible. Ambient light is the basic lighting layer, illuminating walls, open areas, and main pieces of furniture so that you can navigate the space with ease. For instance ambient lighting in a living room is very important because the room is often occupied by more than one person. Hanging ceiling fixtures offers the broad wash of diffused illumination required for soft, general lighting. Ambient light can be direct, bounced off a wall, or diffused through a shade to warm up the quality of the light.


* Select your style:
- Torchières are uplights that emit a soft, even wash of light, their beam bounces from the ceiling before angling down.
- Recessed downlights are built into the ceiling and have a reflective lining.
- Pendants hang from the ceiling. They come in different shapes and styles that can add another decorative element to a room.
- Suspended uplights are ceiling-mounted fixtures that cast light upward and give an even glow.
- Wall-mounted uplights or sconces cast a diffused glow and are wise choices for pale-colored rooms or reflective wall finishes.


* Select your style:
- Table lamps with three-way bulbs allow for adjustable levels of light. They come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and wattages.
- Swing-arm lamps have adjustable arms that allow the light to be swung into position, perfect at the bedside.
- Sconces attach directly to the wall and can offer useful supplementary lighting.
- Floor lamps are freestanding and may be adjustable in height.
- Desk lamps focus a bright, downward beam of light with high level of illumination.
- Closet lights come in options such as hard-wired, low-voltage, or battery-operated.
- Accent lightsAccent lights are specific and attention-grabbing. They are used to set mood, draw focus, or add sparkle. larger accent lights like wall washers impart a soft, colorful glow; spotlights can draw attention to favorite artwork or emphasize a focal wall; candles create a sense of movement and cast dramatic shadows.


* Select your style:
- Picture lights perch over artwork to illuminate it. They are usually low wattage to minimize glare off reflective surfaces.
- Track lights can be aimed to highlight architectural details and favorite objects.
- Mini-chandeliers hang from the ceiling and add sparkle.
- Candles fill a room with warmth and animation; they can add color and scent as well.
- Nightlights are very low wattage and offer illumination by which to navigate or sleep.
- Beaded-shade lamps change the quality of light, tinting it with jewel tones.
- Lighting every room:Foyers, halls and stairways: size the decorative fixture to the space. 


 4. Art:

Focus on enhancing the harmony and vitality of your environment. Surround yourself with things that lift your spirits and deepen your love for life as a primary goal, either you like abstract art, contemporary art, sculptures, photography, watercolors, mosaics, ceramics, art nouveau, tibetan art,... Get inspired when visiting art institutes, now you can buy online, art framed, prints, art reproduction. Visit art galleries in your area. If art is your passion, find art school, art college in your area. Take some art classes...


Pour your individuality into your home, room by room in exactly the way you find most appealing. The colors and images in your art reflect aspects of yourself that can build you up or tear you down. Your artwork elicits positive feelings and acts as an environmental affirmation throughout your home. Your art should be an accurate reflection of your inspired self. Spiritual art that is meaningful to you is also a potent way to attract and uplift energy. This includes images of angels, saints, gods and mystics. Choose symbols that have personal, inspirational meaning for you. Your creativity and artistry should be an integral part of your home. Whether it's watercolors, photographs, ceramics, weavings, or collages, any art that you or your family have made and are proud of is your home as a result.


Original art, touched directly by the artist's hand, also carries a concentrated amount of energy. When you buy local artists' works, you are benefiting from their creativity while supporting your community. Only a few of us can afford the original art of the great masters, most of us can afford the creative works of our local artists.


TIPS:Take a few moments to look into the art you have collected in the last past years and ask yourself what part of you does each piece represent? Do you like what you see? If not, make it a priority to let it go and replace it with art that you really love.

Your art, like everything else that surrounds you, is meant to lift and nurture you on a daily basis. Enjoy collecting art that reflects your goals and dreams. Express yourself, and relish the process of creating a home that is, in itself, an "original".


5. Flowers

Use silk and/or fresh flowers to add color, vibrancy and life to a room and place the flowers in a beautiful vase or jug.

Not everyone has the same taste in flowers. Yet everyone gives and receives them from time to time- a bouquet to show appreciation for services rendered, some roses in thanks for a dinner invitation, violets as a sign of friendship, lilacs to suggest budding love, floral arrangements for festive occasions.


Giving flowers is not only the most popular way to express a desire to please, it is the surest way to succeed. What other gift is so likely to be understood and even appreciated in even the most sensitive circumstances?


There in lies the true virtue and perhaps power of flowers- a pretty bouquet can say it all, congratulations and condolences, appreciation and respect, or deep attachment and true affection extending as far as love, for which flowers are known to work wonders. When it comes to love, flowers are not a small affair.


As Valentine's day approaches, hordes of lovers are stirred and armies of florists storm flower markets in every major city of the world. Women are delighted by a gift of flowers, claiming to prefer it to any other present, far ahead of dainty lingerie or chocolate. Not only are women the first to receive flowers, they are first to buy them.


Above all, however, women buy flowers for themselves, for their home.

" Fill the home with flowers and greenery, which sanitize the dwelling. Nothing embellishes a house better than this fresh, varied finery. It is the most charming of luxuries, the highest elegance."

6. Mirrors:


Use mirrors to open up a space and make it look larger and make sure that the mirror is reflecting something appealling to look at , an attractive chandelier in the living room, an attractive landscape, which will bring the vibrant energy of a garden...


Mirrors have many curative uses. Mirrors should never distort or cut into the image of a person...

Mirrors are useful in small spaces where they apparently double the size of the area. Large mirrors will make a room feel much larger.


They are also useful in dark spaces where you want to reflect as much of the available light back into the the room as possible. This applies to basement apartments or a room that only receives northern light.You may be able to strategically place a mirror so that natural light from a window is reflected back into a dark area of the room or a stagnant corner.


7. Vases & Vessels:

Vases are like rooms within themselves; they are what houses the flower or object. If you think of vase in this way, it frees up the mind to come up with new, creative ways of furnishing it. It is not necessary to fill vessels and vases with fresh flowers and greenery. You can fill a vase with white sand and coral or with nothing more than a coil of natural rope, it not only looks fabulous, but is ideal in less-used areas of the home, such as a guest suite or in a vacation home where it would be impractical to maintain fresh flowers.


Vases of colored glass are beautiful in their own right and need nothing in them. Glass of different hues is the perfect way of introducing small amounts of color into an otherwise neutral room, they give an interesting contrast.

When you find vases you love for their own sake, rarely fill them with flowers but leave them empty. Wonderful hand blown glass vessels, for example, have such a beautiful organic shape in their own right they need nothing else added. You have to make a simple choice as to where you want the eye to fall: on the flowers or on the vase. Vessels come in many different textures, making them perfect for introducing textural contrast.


The rule of thumb you can use when choosing flowers for your interiors is either to buy a lot or a little, and this naturally influences the choice of a vase. You need something large for dramatic flowers with star quality and long stems, but you also need containers on a much more modest scale. If you find a good shape-such as a clear box, globe bowl, test-tube vase or tall cylinder-then buy them in quantity. One rose bud in a test-tube will go unnoticed, but a row of ten becomes a striking installation piece.


8. Plants:

Use plenty of greenery and plants of varying sizes and shapes with nice containers to add warmth and texture.

Plants provide a sampling of nature, variety and beauty, and help us to stay connected with the wonder of the natural world. They give a good energy when they are healthy. Choose them when they have a good appearance and they will transform your room. Choose a nice container that is pleasing to the eye, choose in colors, shapes, and materials that correspond the most to you. A splendid plant in an attractive container gives a good atmosphere to your room.


When choosing the right plant for your needs, make sure to match the plant growth habit and light requirement with the location. An optimal location, care that is tailored to the individual requirements of the plant. Improper care weakens plants and makes them vulnerable, prevention is always better than a cure.


Plant provide us with the fundamental benefit of cleaning the air around us. Plants are powerful tools for activating the various corner of your home.


9.  Centerpieces:

The centerpiece is one of the detail that add personality to your table. Centerpiece can have a theme like Christmas, Thanksgiving, Halloween, Easter or Wedding. They can be personal, sentimental, dramatic, humorous, or what you want them to be. Let your creativity be your guide.


Get some ideas on centerpieces in interior design magazines such as Martha Stewart, Elle Décor or just on internet you will find a huge selection of great ideas.


The items needed can be candles, vases, flowers, gemstones, fruits. Centerpieces can be realized within a budget and have a dramatic effect.


Place a vase with flowers on a mirror with votive candles and gemstones and enjoy twice as much flickering light from the reflection. The result is amazing and doesn’t cost too much.


Create floral centerpiece that coordinate with your theme ceremony and color. Don’t make floral centerpiece too large that your guest cannot see each other.


A single clear vase with a single flower and greenery can look elegant.

Create your own inexpensive vase by wrapping them with colored tissue or fabric that will coordinate with your ceremony color.


Elegant feathers in color of you theme make an elegant centerpiece.

Place floating candles in a glass bowl half filled with water and add some fresh flower petals around the candles for a romantic touch. You can also add a few drops of food coloring of a matching color of your theme ceremony to tint the water.


Add Christmas balls in a clear vase of flowers to add the holiday touch on your table surrounded with votive candles

Be creative and add character to your party within a budget and impress your guests with fantastic effect.


10. Aromas:

Beyond the pleasing effects of their aroma, the oils from flowers, fruits, grasses, leaves, roots, and wood resins can enhance our physical and emotional well-being, according to some researchers. Holistic healers often use aromatherapy to ease ailments such as anxiety, depression, and breathing problems. The plant oils may be inhaled, massaged into the skin, or added to bath water. For best effects, be sure to use essential oils-pure plant oils that are volatile and aromatic.


"For the sense of smell, almost more than any other, has the power to recall memories and it is a pity that we use it so little" Rachel Carson, biologist and author:

- Cedar: speeds healing, purifies, and enhances your spiritual connection.
- Eucalyptus: Clears congestion and improves concentration.
- Juniper Berry: Calms the emotions, enhances healing, and fosters a sense of love and protection.
- Lavender: Puts the body and spirit at ease, and evokes deep serenity.
- Orange: Restores strength and uplifts the spirit.
- Patchouli: Stimulates the senses and restores tired muscles.
- Peppermint: Clears the mind; stimulates and refreshes.
- Pine: Invites a deep sense of relaxation, purifies, and promotes healing.
- Rosemary: purifies, heals, refreshes sore muscles, and encourages loving protection.
- Sage: regulates the central nervous system, eases night sweats, soothes sore throats, and promotes healing and protection.
- Sandalwood: Enhances sexuality, healing, and spirituality.
- Thyme: Encourages love, eases insomnia, and soothes bronchial infections.
- Verbena: Lowers blood pressure and eases stress.
- Ylang-Ylang: Ignites passion and desire, heightens joy, and creates an atmosphere for romance.


11. Color:

"Color belongs to our being: maybe each one of us has his own". Le Corbusier

Color is a universal language, it stimulates the emotions, shapes, cultures and forms the background of our world. Everybody's life is enriched by color, which both energizes and lifts the spirit. Color can be a tremendous enhancement when you love it, or cause a real depletion in energy if you don't.


"The rights colors are silent music; the wrong colors irritate and disturb". Louis Cheskin Explore the impact color has on our living spaces and how we respond to its presence. Consider how color and texture in the natural world can act as your guide. Color can be vibrant and arresting, or calm and soothing, we are all born with our personal response to color. If a color bugs you, get rid of it. Color is powerful and personal, each one has its own unique color palette.


The way we see color can be very different from the next person, and what one person may consider to be bright and colorful, another may consider garish. Each basic color includes a wide spectrum of tones and hues.


Stay within the palette you are attracted to, and your color choices will create an atmosphere you will enjoy every day.

Color can nurture your soul as food nourishes your body. Determine what colors are your favorites. You don't have to soak the walls in lurid planes of saturated shades to achieve a sense of color. Choose items in your colors, such as fabrics, vases, dishes, throws, lamps, and flowers, and place them where they can feed you with glance. Small details will punctuate the space with a sure touch.


Be guided by what you love, and enjoy the result. Be acutely aware of color, intoxicated by the colors in nature and the impact they had on the environment.


Choosing colors for your home can be an exciting journey of discovery.

* Color creates mood:

Color has a powerful psychological impact and can influence our state of mind. Some colors are regarded as healing, making us feel happy and well, while others have a negative impact, inducing melancholy.


Many of these emotional responses to color have become expressions in everyday speech. We refer to black moods, to feeling ÓblueÓ and "seeing red.


For instance, the use of flowers in the home illustrates the mood-enhancing powers of color. Yellow flowers will create a bright and happy ambience, while white or green arrangements create a feeling of calm and serenity.


* Top Colors:

Yellow is the happiest color of the spectrum. On the color wheel, the opposite of yellow is violet, and mixing yellow with purple or blue works well.   

Orange is an exhibitionist, the hottest color in the spectrum, it can be an intense and challenging color to work with, but the results can bring a carnival. Mixing bright orange with vivid reds and yellows, or rich burgundy and plum works well. Orange and purple are a vivacious team.                                       

Bright pink is a positive, happy color, is a saturated hue with purple and red in its color makeup. It's fun and frivolous.

Blue is the ultimate cool color. Sky blue , shades of dove gray and fawn, and pure white create a peaceful retreat to soothe the soul, sending a message of calm and serenity.                                                                                                                                                                                                      Azure blue can be bright and vibrant as well as creating a feeling of calm. Pale shades of blue against white, brown and quiet gray are gentle colors to work with in bedrooms, bathrooms, living rooms. Their quiet subtlety quite simply enables you to relax.   

Lilac: it works best placed against white rather than dark wood. Look for heavy pottery, solids rather than patterns, especially floral. 

Lavender: tones of shell pin are especially pleasing in bedrooms and bathrooms if you want to create a clean, calm atmosphere.  All shades of lavender and mauve look wonderfully elegant partnered with silver groups and gray-greens.   Green, deeply relaxing, is a central color in decorating, connected with nature and the sea, it may be one of the reasons people find it so easy to live with. Bathing room in plain green, using shade of apple, pea, and euphorbia, strong and subtle at the same time, always warms the walls and lifts the spirits. Relaxing and eating will seem the most natural thing to do surrounded by such a reassuring range of colors. Works with plain wooden or painted furniture rather than elaborately upholstered or decorated. 

White: combinations of white on white are always clean and refreshing (gray-white, bone-white, dirty white).  White is always pure and appealing, a good way of neutralizing crowded thoughts and busy.

Cream means white with a hint of yellow. It is a soothing and result on the eye, but also elegant. Shades described as ivory, oyster, magnolia, shell, and vanilla all sit within the color band. 

Red is active more than passive, stimulating rather relaxing. Color of flame and passion, color of energy, spirit, power, vigor, love sexuality, and danger. It suggests both love and hate.  Rich red is opulent and substantial, imposing and seductive. Use it with confidence on a grand scale or as obvious highlight for glamour and gloss. Red for drama, purple for passion, rose for emotion. 

Rust symbolizes the glorious display of fall colors when shades of rust prevail. Mixing rust with burgundy, brown, plum, and deep reds, while paler shades mix with light  yellow.

Plum is a sophisticated color. As a close relation to black, plum is a receding color that absorbs light. To make plum look grand in a formal Victorian manner, mix it with grey. By contrast acid lime-green makes plum look fresh and modern. Plum by itself is quite moody- even a touch of melancholic. 

Burgundy is a rich and sophisticated color.

Silver has been a key color on the fashion and design circuits since the year 2000.


12. Enlarge a small places:   

Even if your space is tight, you don’t want to sacrifice style for utility. How can spaces be multi-functional and beautiful?
Tips:Colors: use lighter hues like icy blues, pale green, white and cream, butter yellow, pale lilac, the color palette is huge. Everyone has his own favorite color. What’s your favorite? If you love color, introduce this with accessories.

- Use monochromatic paint technique, fabrics, and patterns, tone on tone will make the space bigger.
- Bring in more light, adding more light fixtures like rope lights, bookself light, floor lamps, wall sconces. It won’t take any room in your space.
- Use mirror opposite a light source such as a window to maximize the natural daylight and enlarge the space and make sure that mirrors reflect nice view.
- Use plain upholstery when you cover sofas, chairs.
- Use window treatment that let in as much light as possible and keep treatment clear.
- Avoid blocking view to windows and doors.
- Choice clever furniture : low-rise furniture in which you can store and display belongings , freestanding shelves.


Translucent saucer chairs that seem to take hardly any space at all.

Maximize unused spaces with attractive storage and shelving. Are there any spares corners where new shelves can be added?

Do you have “dead alcoves”, niches, corridors, corners, which can be brought efficiently into play?
Provide plenty of storage and organize the interior of your closets for the most efficient way.

Open up the space, it offers very effective use of space and shared light. Draw boundaries for each area by using floor finishes like a rug, installing screens or sliding doors, or carefully position the furniture.


Conclusion: Less is more, think minimal by choosing only useful pieces of furniture and refuse to be distracted by anything you don’t really need. Clutter tends to visually accentuate the potentially cramped look of small spaces. Work out your storage needs incorporating built-in storage designed to fit.

Express yourself when decorating your space, your house reflects your personality and you will enjoy everyday your space if it is comfortable and beautiful.Encourage gathering, socialization, love, relaxation when you chose your furniture. 

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