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When you think about Home Interiors decorating, it really is all about turning a house into a comfortable and loving home. There are many things you can do to achieve that perfect interior decoration using colors, a particular theme, the proper furniture and various decorative elements and items that give your house that extra character.

 

Basically your main goal when you are decorating or re-decorating your home is to give it character and personality. So here are some tips that you can easily use based on what is trendy right now.

 

Make the room cozier. If you flip through various home decor magazines, you will notice that many pictures are showing rooms that are really cozy and homey, yet stylish and elegant. Gone are the cold, aristocratic homes that look like a non-personal museum. You can now easily create your own intimate space in any room that you choose. One of the main aspects of making your rooms cozy is by getting the proper lighting. For example you no longer need ceiling lights. Right now the fashion is on lamps with down-shades that basically give a room that proper homey and comfy mood. If you want to increase the cozyness in the room, use various soft and heavy textures for your drapes and furniture covering. This will give the room a feel of closeness and compactness that increases the sense of comfort in the space.

 

If you have a rather small room, there are several ways to make it look bigger. Using softer and even lighting will keep the room compact rather than dividing it into various smaller areas. The ambient lighting that offers a diffused illumination will make the room seem bigger than it is. Also the Comforter Sets should have plenty of space between pieces, and they should not be crammed next to each other. This again ads to the feel of spaciousness in the room.

 

Modern and contemporary, even futuristic, is in style today. Use stainless steel accessories particularly for your kitchen. For example having all appliances of stainless steel makes the kitchen look almost like it is coming from the future. Many new young homeowners love this sleek and classy look.

 

When it comes to the overall colors, texture and fabric, everything should be nicely coordinated, from the walls to the fabrics of the furniture, pillows, curtains, linens and even carpeting. They should all complement each other and offer the room the ambient that you want to achieve, be it cozy, or vibrant. With the many types of options available today, you can create just about any look and feel that you want for your entire home.

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The Moroccan decorating style is one that conveys both elegance as well as mystery to your home. Moroccan décor brings together Islamic, Persian, African, and Mediterranean influences, mixed with those from Spain, Portugal and France. Often Moroccan décor can be said to be a blend of the outdoors located indoors as it is reminiscent of a posh desert oasis.

Think exotic as in Marrakesh, Tangier and of course Casablanca then add a sprinkling of romantic interludes to the look. The exotic flair of these locations is not only extremely sensual but infinitely mysterious.

The colors of Moroccan décor are simple, borrowing from the ocean with its greens and blues, Sahara sands gleaming golds and silvers, and incredible sunsets that paint the desert with its warm oranges as well as its vibrant reds. The furniture is detailed with elaborate mosaics and often is sumptuously hand carved, and terra cotta tile figures heavily in amazing detail.

Fabrics will need to be both well-appointed as well as sensuously lush and will need to be draped over window frames, furniture and even over the ceiling. Swagged canopies made of luxuriantly hued silks and veils will add the note of sheer mystery to the room. Be sure to add a myriad of throw pillows to achieve the true Moroccan look, and use Persian rugs on the floors for complete comfort.

Lighting is never brash nor bright white unlike the modern "look." Instead it is soft and dissipated through colored glass, or tiny holes from various cut metal lamps that are hung from the ceiling, reminiscent of exotic candlelight. Because the lighting is soft, part of the Moroccan "look" involves mirrors strategically placed throughout in order to surround the room with supplementary reflective soft light. Mirrors are especially exotic when framed in mother of pearl inlays.

Be sure to scatter plants throughout your Moroccan décor as well as pillows. The more exotic plants such as banana trees will highlight the southern warmth of this kind of décor. Place the plants in colorful pots and even in baskets to bring the outdoors into your Moroccan nest.

Introducing sensual scents into the room often helps to create the desert ambiance of the room. Choose diffused scents of exotic spices such as saffron, nutmeg, and cinnamon. Incense or scented candles can be used cleverly to add the ideal finishing touch to your room.

Regardless of what specific furniture or veils you may use, always keep in mind that a Moroccan styled décor at all times uses the highest quality textures as well as the richest styling available. You room needs to evoke complete relaxation, as that is partly what makes it as romantic as Morocco is. Fountains that trickle in the background will cement the romantic look you are trying to achieve.

Lest you forget, be sure and have the soft strains of the seductive Andalusian classic music that is Morocco playing in the background. The music should have plenty of lutes and drums, which are both sensual and evocative of a beating heart, thus it is the perfect accompaniment to the romantic Moroccan style you've achieved.

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Decorating the Dining Table with IKEA and San Jose Food Blog

Learn how to decorate your dining table to entertain a small or large party. Hosted by IKEA East Palo Alto and San Jose Food Blog. Watch til the end for a special giveaway! Good luck to all entrants.

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Looking to freshen up your lifestyle with a new look for your living room? Redecorating the family or living room is sometimes one of the easiest ways to breathe new life into your daily routine - and you can do it in an eco friendly way! Fresh colours, great second hand finds, here are some great eco home decorating ideas to show off your green leanings.

Minimise your lighting - Are there strategic places to arrange lounges and chairs to minimise light use? Get a few floor and table lamps to avoid needing to switch on all the lights in the room if you're only going to be using a small area.

Intimate conversations - For winter, consider making your social areas more "intimate" to reduce the need to heat an entire room. Move sitting areas away from windows to avoid draughts and remember there's still nothing like a cozy chat by the fireplace.

Second hand gems - Visit an op shop or second hand furniture shop for some great recycled gems. An old vintage mirror will instantly create the illusion of space and depth to your room. Look for small pieces, to create a "lived-in" look throughout the room.

Colorize - If you're looking for a new colour scheme, use an earth friendly paint for your walls, they don't release toxic VOC's into the air which can be harmful when breathed in. Look for a wide range on our Paints & Finishes section of our green directory. Meanwhile, consider eco fabrics for your cushion and furniture cover.

Eco Home Tip # 54 - Eco creativity - be inspired by the pieces you already own and think of new ways to up-cycle "junk". Be crafty - decorative cans or Tupperware can be turned into lampshades while an old boot can be fashioned into a unique flower vase! Embrace your eco creativity around your home.

For more great tips for the eco home check out the Green Pages, Eco Home Section.

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