The long winter means spending loads of time indoors — which can lead to a severe case of cabin fever. Instead of going nuts staring at the same four walls get up and start sprucing up your home decor.
Bypass the basic re-dos like a change of wall color, and get crazy by selecting a bold accent, an unexpected furniture piece or a funky design element to breathe new life into your living space.
1. Cantilevered Floating Shelves
Cantilevered floating shelves are a great way to streamline a wall in your bedroom or living room. It’s not magic that keeps them attached, but super strong brackets hidden inside the shelves combined with solid anchoring in the wall.
2. Bold Wallpaper
Even if it’s just on one wall or part of a wall, a bold wallpaper can completely transform the look of a room.
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3. Mixing Eras
Mix up the look of a room by peppering it with pieces from different era’s. Try pairing a “Mad Men” style mid-century modern couch with a contemporary coffee table and little Victorian touches. If you unify the room through color, you’ll prevent it from looking like a case of home decorating chaos.
4. Statement Sculpture
Give your guests something to talk about with a statement sculpture. This is a piece of art that’s unique or quirky. It doesn’t have to be oversized to qualify– just one-of-a-kind.
2012 is all about indulging in indoor greenery. This doesn’t mean setting one or two plants on the window sill– that’s so last year. Instead, cover a whole wall in a mix of hanging and potted plants in a variety of shapes and sizes.
6. Architectural Bed
Bring drama back to the bedroom with a stunning architectural bed. This is a statement piece that’s meant to take center stage. Think unique, wrought-iron frames and breathtaking canopies.
7. Rain Shower Head
Cool design isn’t limited to the living room and bedroom. Up the ante in your bathroom by installing a rain shower head. Rather than coming out of the wall, this shower fixture is installed in the ceiling in order to simulate the feeling of a gentle rain storm. Not only are these shower heads beautifully modern but they instantly make your bathroom feel like a spa.
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8. Kitchen Chandelier
The old school way of thought said that glamour and style isn’t meant for the kitchen. These days though, the trend is to incorporate your design aesthetic into every room of the house. Take a kitchen from bland to chic by installing a fabulous chandelier over the center island.
By Megan Mostyn-Brown
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