Ten Oriental Design Ideas for Your Master Bedroom

If there’s one trend when it comes to interior design that has never gone out of fashion is it of course the Oriental theme – one that’s just as popular today as it’s ever been. In fact, the bonus for those looking to create an Oriental these days is the way in which the world has never been smaller or its treasures more accessible, meaning that the kind of decorative touches and adornments that were priceless rarities in years gone by are now incredibly simple to get hold of.

Take the following ten examples of wonderfully decorative touches to help transform a master bedroom in a single stroke:

  1. Paper Lanterns – The quintessential Oriental touch that cannot fail to bring any room to life, paper lanterns are as practical and affordable as they are effective. Traditionally displayed in various colours at times of celebration, there are infinite shapes, colours and designs on the market today that can be picked up for next to nothing.
  2. Mosaics – A stunning, creative mosaic made with broken Brick Tiles is something of a DIY project that’s well within the capabilities of pretty much anyone. This is one of the few instances where a lack of skill can actually work in your favour as the more rustic and haphazard the mosaic, the more authentic it often looks.
  3. Bamboo Blinds – One of the best things about the bamboo blind is the way in which it will blend in seamlessly with literally any existing interior design trend while adding that subtle Oriental touch you’re looking for. And again, they couldn’t be more affordable or practical.
  4. Painting Scrolls – Chosen and hung with care in the right place, an Oriental scroll painting has the potential to transform an otherwise plain wall into an incredible feature to be proud of.
  5. Statues – Be it the classic Buddha statue or really anything else from Oriental reaches of the world, there’s nothing that can bring a room to life and create talking points quite like stunning statues and icons.
  6. Shoji Room Dividers – Probably the most practical on the list, a shoji room divider has the potential to create an incredible Oriental feel while adding a practical divide to room and in no way imposing on any space available. Depending on the material chosen, they can also be extremely bright and breathe new life into the room.
  7. Mini Zen Garden – These are the small tabletop gardens which in the true traditions of Oriental simplicity sport nothing more than an area of sand with various rocks, pebbles and sometimes small statues.
  8. Futon Bed – Another incredibly effective touch is to replace a traditional bedstead with an Oriental inspire futon style bedframe – one that’s much lower to the ground
  9. Bonsai – A classic if ever there was one, there’s little that screams Oriental charm more than a handful of stunningly crafted bonsai trees around the bedroom.
  10. Simplistic – Last but not least, it’s sometimes easy to overlook how an Oriental feel can be achieved simply by going as minimal as possible and doing away with all clutter, instead favouring warm tones and block colours.

Cottage VS Skyscraper

Introducing the opponents:

Before this match begins, let me introduce you to our opponents. At one side we have the world’s largest building. It is taller than a mountain, wider than a river, made of steel! Undefeated champion from the moment it entered the scene. Ladies and gentleman, I present to you “The Skyscraper”, whereas at other side we have a veteran fighter, present from the beginning of this discipline. Small in size with the natural build but full of spirit and ready for the comeback. One and only, “The Cottage”. Some might say ”it’s an unfair fight”. Some might say “it’s like David VS Goliath”. But let’s not make any presumptions. Can the champion be defeated? I don’t know that. But what I can tell you is that it’s going to be a hell of a fight!

Round 1. The battle of opposite:
 

And the match has begun! What we can see is that our opponents have completely different styles. While The Skyscraper is attacking with its colossal structure and modern design, its glass and steel facade is using every sun ray to throw glittering strokes around. It is sticking trough the city ropes so no spectator can miss it. Cottage, on the other hand, has an opposite approach. Blending into the area, making itself unnoticeable until you come really close. And then it hits you so it turns your head around. From that moment you are under its pace. It is a slow pace full of elegance and grace, but once you are caught into it, it’s hard to get out of its embrace.

Round 2. Soul and temper:
 

Like its appearance, Skyscraper’s inner side is all about attack. Big shiny halls, panorama elevators, and, again, metal and glass. Open space with a million dollar view. If you can pay for it, you can have it. But its soul has a dark and deep fear of being alone. Once it is left without its spectators, it is gone, and some new and younger gladiators take over. Cottage’s spirit is something else. It is very intimate. It can stand alone taking the punches from the wind, rain and snow without showing the pain.
But don’t think of it as unsocial. If the company is right, it can be the greatest host, and it never counts the guests. Natural and rugged fabrics used on sofas and beds, fireplace made of unpolished stone and tons of details hanging around the place possesses a healing influence on others. Its wooden structure makes it much more resistant to all sorts of impact, even to fire. And it can never disappear. It always rises up, taking some new form but using the same old and sustainable materials.

The verdict:
 

This is obviously going to be a never ending fight. Judges have stepped down and left the verdict to the audience. Many of them are cheering for The Skyscraper, but Cottage will always have its own fans. People will never stop believing in the everlasting soul and temperamental spirit of The Cottage. And even though The Skyscraper’s body is all steel, many believe that its chin is made of glass. So it’s just a matter of time when that chin is going to be broken into million pieces, and the throne will rightfully be given back to The Cottage. And that day is coming sooner than you think.

Summer Bedroom Makeovers for Girls

“Hello Readers, Every knows that summer is at our door so I thought it would be nice to share makeover of our little princess bedroom in summer, Hope you all enjoy the post”

Summer is a great time to give a girl’s bedroom a makeover. She will be out of school and therefore will have the time and energy to be an active participant in the project. Upgrading her bedroom over the summer may also make her feel more mature when she goes back to school in the fall. A bedroom overhaul is an appropriate reward for major milestones like graduating from elementary or middle school. The new decor will make her feel as if she is truly entering a new grown-up phase in her life.

Colour Scheme:
If the bedroom is already predominantly pink, as so many girls’ rooms are, the girl may want to consider living with another colour for a while. Emerald green is an unconventional yet deeply feminine colour, as are ruby red and navy blue. However, the bedroom’s furnishings should not all be the same shade of the colour that is chosen. Different complementary shades bounce off each other and give the impression of style without demanding a great deal of effort from the decorator. For example, light yellow tones accent green and blue very well. Small amounts of pink look chic against red, despite the old rule against pairing pink and red together. Placing them next to each other is a bold and modern choice befitting a young girl.

The carpet or rug should be in the darkest tone of the chosen colour. The bed’s comforter can be in a slightly lighter shade or have a pattern on it that incorporates that colour somehow. Common choices are plaids and florals. The accent shade will be used for the curtains and for other small accessory items. The walls can be painted in alternating light shades of the dominant colour. A dark shade can be used on the framing around the door and windows. Dark paint should be used sparingly. It becomes overwhelming very quickly.

Furnishings:

It may be tempting to paint wooden furniture to suit the colour scheme of choice, but this would be a mistake. If the furniture may be painted, perhaps to cover old pink accents, the decorator should opt for a plain color like black or white. The bed and dresser should not blend into the rest of the room. These pieces will serve to contrast the rest of the contemporary design scheme with classic sturdiness. If a new bed is being purchased, it should be in an androgynous style that is not too ornate. Overly girly furnishings are immature and contradict the intention of this project. A daybed that rests in a corner changes the proportions of the room and frees up more floor space. This new space can be filled with a small couch or loveseat. A desk is another option, particularly if the room’s redecoration is a reward for an academic achievement. An old-fashioned desk with a rolling top would help steer the bedroom’s aesthetic direction. An electric piano or small entertainment centers are other possibilities. Some may actually choose to leave the space clean and empty.

The furniture should match as closely as can be managed. New high-quality furniture can be very expensive so it is not necessary to make sure that everything is exactly the same color. Dark woods always look good next to each other, as do items that have been painted the same color. One thing that should be avoided if possible is placing gold- and silver-toned metal pieces in the same room.

Other Concerns:
The girl’s interests will dictate the direction of her room’s upgrade. In lieu of wall decorations, a girl who is invested in fashion may decide to bring her dresses out of the closet and display them on a garment rack against one wall. Alternately, a large bookshelf or storage unit for a music collection can be placed in that space. If the girl has decided against having a desk in her room she should choose some other small table to hold small miscellaneous items. A miniature dresser provides storage for small clothing items like socks and doubles as a nightstand.
 
Other seemingly insignificant items can make a major decorative impact.

  • A fancy bedside lamp with a floral or portrait design can be the lone overly feminine piece in the room. Everyone sees the bed first upon entering a bedroom, and a nearby lamp will influence the way everything else in the room is seen. The room will be identifiable as a girl’s room while still being cool enough for a preteen or teenager.
  • A black, white or natural wicker clothes hamper can be unobtrusively placed in a corner.
  • A shoe rack that hangs on the back of the door is another storage option that doubles as a decorating decision for a fashion-conscious girl.
  • Parents should allow their daughters to have the final word.

Let Spring be in your home

The winter is finally leaving which can only mean one thing; spring
is here. No more waking up in the dark to cold winds and snowy mornings,
no more leafless trees or overcast days. Spring is flowers, colours,
new life and new growth. Spring is the time when the days are getting
longer, the light is getting brighter and colour starts to come back
into the world after a long sleep. This is not something only happening
in the park, in the woods or in your garden. Open those windows, let in
the fresh air, and make use of some home makeover tips to bring spring
into your home.

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This is the ideal time to brighten up the walls around your house
with a wall or two of colour. Painting the walls can seem like a
daunting job at first but with some careful planning, good dust sheets
and some patience even more ambitious tasks can be undertaken by most
people. Be adventurous and go for the colours you like. Remember if it
doesn’t work out, you can always paint it back to its original colour.

Bringing lots of colour into the house doesn’t necessarily mean it
has to be on the walls. Why not get yourself a colourful rug for the
floor? This can often bring a refreshing change and new look to any room
that is looking tired after the winter. Rugs collection not to be missed. It won’t cost as much and isn’t
as disruptive and time consuming as painting can be and the best part
is that when you fancy a change you can put it in another room or store
it away for the next year. Pick your colour carefully as that white rug
which seemed like a good idea in the shop will soon lose that fresh look
once the kids and muddy dogs have been playing on it.

If you would like to get more light into your home try removing those
winter curtains and replacing them with blinds. Heavy curtains are
great at keeping in the heat during those months when it’s needed but
they are also very good at blocking the light. Installing a lighter
coloured blind will allow your windows to let in the maximum amount of
light they can while still giving you the privacy your need.

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Even the smaller things can give you a fresh look for the new season.
In the kitchen you could get a new fruity tablecloth with matching tea
towels or surprise those dinner guests with some bright cotton napkins.
In the living room make the sofa look like new with a colourful sheet
thrown over it or perhaps bring in the flowers with a floral lampshade. A
vibrant painting is also a great way to change a wall without the
hassle of painting and decorating. In the bedroom why not get lively or
floral bed covers. You could also get some dried flowers such as
lavender which will look great and give a beautiful spring aroma for all
the season.

Whether it’s a big job like painting your walls or just simply
replacing the smaller household furnishings there is always an easy way
to brighten up your home. It doesn’t have to cost a lot and with some
simple advice you can achieve that fresh look. Remember be bold, be
brave, because the spring is.

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Summer has been a long time coming this year, and what better excuse to give your home a summer themed makeover? You may be surprised at how simple and affordable it is to revitalize your living space and breathe new life into an existing home.

Most of the suggestions in this article can be done with very little handyman
skills, but don’t let the man in your life get off that easily. Many hands make
like work, so get everyone involved! The kids will love it, and if you don’t
have kids – your home is probably already spotless, so go and make a ham
sandwich.

To Paint or Not to
Paint?

While Shakespeare probably didn’t ask this question, it should be at the top of
your list of things to consider. Let’s be honest here, painting isn’t much fun
after the first few strokes of the brush. From our experience, it’s a job that
small humans enjoy – but the cleanup effort outweighs any benefit of getting
them involved.

Having said that, a new lick of paint in the main living areas of your home can
make a miraculous change to a houses atmosphere. It’s also a great way to cover
up any faded crayon masterpieces, scrapes, dings and everyday wear and tear.

Regardless of if you are going to repaint or not, take the
opportunity to do a really thorough clean of the house. Vacuum under those
cushions, clean out the window tracks and do our 3 box cleanup routine. One box
is for stuff you MUST keep, the second box stores things that you can give away
to charity and the third box is destined for the garbage. Be ruthless! It may
be another year before you do another one of these super cleanups.

Don’t do this alone. Sell the idea to your family and/or friends. Make it fun!
Call it a working bee party.. or something.

Roll Up Those Sleeves

Curtains are often overlooked when revamping home decor, and this is a big mistake.
They frame our windows and provide a great source of colour for a room. At the
very least, take them down and give them a wash, which will revitalise the
colour and remove any musty smells that have built up over the winter months.
If your budget allows it, buy new curtains for your main living areas. Choose
bright, summery colours to lift the atmosphere in the room and provide some
much-needed colour. Try to match the colour with any new cushions, throws or
table cloths that you use, which will give the room a sense of unity and
harmony.

The key theme for a summer decor revamp should be flowers, bright colours,
natural fibres and wood. Go to your local flea market and see what treasures
you can find. A piece of driftwood or a raffia rug can transform your room into
a beach themed area. Add some sand coloured curtains and a large sea shell full
of fresh flowers, and you have a beautiful room fit for summer.


After you update your curtains, cushions, tablecloths and throws with some
brighter colours, turn your attention to the wall decorations in the room. A
summer themed art print can transform a room instantly, and become a focal
point.

You may be surprised how cheap it is to get a favourite summer picture printed
on canvas. Check your local print shops or a do an online search to compare the
costs. For extra points, get a summer themed picture of the family printed onto
canvas, and hang it in the room.

Fresh flowers can be expensive, but a simple outdoor project is to start your
own flower bed. This is a sure-fire hit with kids, and they are so excited when
the flowers start to appear. Pick fresh flowers and keep them in your home
throughout summer. The flowers look wonderful, and the pretty scent is a
natural room deodorizer.


It’s easy to revamp your decor for summer, and you may find that it becomes a
yearly tradition. With some simple colour changes, and the addition of some key
decorative items around the room, you can transform any living area into a
summer oasis!

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Some people like empty-looking, minimalistic home décor. And why not? Such homes are certainly easier to clean, organize plus they can look beautifully refreshing.

On the other hand, homes full of furniture and decorations charmingly filling almost every corner of each room can give their owners a feeling of warmth and safety.

There are yay’s and nay’s for both types of approaches to home decoration. Whichever style you choose, you’ll be equally at risk of making wrong decisions and ending up with a not such a pleasant place to hang out.

Charmingly crowded homes: Problem No 1



As mentioned earlier, cleaning can be a great problem in a home with many dust-catching objects. Remember the word “cleaning” when you unleash yourself on yard sale objects. All those shelves, lamps, chairs, tables, unidentified objects formerly known as sofas, etc. will not magically stay shiny and clean all by themselves. Think about how many chairs you actually need in a home and don’t overdo it.

Obsession with certain objects can potentially work sometimes, but not often

If you have an idol or a hobby you love, like Spiderman (if you’re five years old) or boats (if you are an ex-captain), you might get away with crowding your room with objects connected to your fascination. There could be some charm to something like this:

Though filled with boats and drawings of boats, this room emanates devotion and true joy at spending quality time with dear objects and ideas. But try pulling that trick with flowers or hearts (if you’re a fan of romance) and you might end up with a very dull and/or annoying room.

Colours aren’t always our friends:



Another way to go wrong when trying to create a warm, cosy place is to become too enthusiastic about mixing wall paint colours in a way that hurts the eyes. Though colour blocking is very IN these days, even this type of colour-matching adventure has rules that you should follow. So, definitely nay to extremely bold wall paint colours.


Choose every piece of your home lovingly

The key to a safe, happy place that feels like a bear hug is to choose and place objects in your home with care and attention.

Don’t shy away from “crowding” your home with plants, photos, DIY vintage photo frames, candles, books, oriental rugs, flowers, paintings and even five lamps in one room (if that makes you happy), but do it with style, some common sense and an instinct for the aesthetic. Most importantly, do it with love. Without the love ingredient, you might struggle to create the effect you are hoping for.

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Simply painting or papering the walls and filling a house with furniture does not turn it into a home. At the risk of sounding slightly soppy what does create a home is that indefinable something: love. Caring about the home and the way the furniture and fixtures work together means that you will take those few extra moments to make it work by adding small touches that round off a room and complete a theme. Below are some of the areas where a small adjustment can make an enormous difference to both the comfort and the appearance of a room.

Light up Your Life:
 

The lighting in any room is paramount. It has been said before that one bright bulb hanging in the center of a room can create a very harsh pool of light and cast dark shadows into the corners – a very surreal stage-set look, which is not conducive to gracious living! Spread light sources throughout a room, using table lamps and standing floor lamps, concealed up- or down-lighters and soft overhead bulbs. Visit Lights World to see a wide range of lamps. Not only does this spread a diffuse light throughout the home, but you can ‘layer’ your lights, having them all on for a party or get-together, but only one or two on when watching TV or having a movie night.

Set the Scene:
 

Create small groupings of items, or little displays of items that work well together. These small clusters of eye-pleasing objects are called vignettes and they can go a long way to giving a room an air of polish. An example of a vignette would be to have an occasional table against the wall, a beautiful picture hanging near it, and a small grouping of ornaments, objects trouve and perhaps a framed photo, all capturing the essence of the theme, be it seaside (marine painting, a scattering of polished shells and a photo of the children playing on the beach) or summertime (a summertime print or postcard, leaning against a straw-covered wine bottle.) Be sure to introduce elements of the main theme of the décor into the vignettes to make sure that all the small clusters add up into an overall unit.

Colour Ways:
 

Often we choose plain or neutral tones for large items of furniture and carpets, and this is absolutely acceptable and even sensible. However, it can mean that a room can look a bit like porridge – dull and greyish brown! Lift the mood of the room by adding in some small but lavish splashes of colour. Crimson silk and navy brocade cushions can transform an oatmeal or beige sofa into something splendid and elegant. Metallic flashes also add greatly to the texture and depth of a room and can take the form of a practical clock, extravagant curtains or cushions or frivolous and whimsical ornaments.

Bring in a Bit of Nature:
 

Well-tended pot plants look wonderful, especially set in a corner or forming part of a vignette. Choose large plants with only a few broad leaves to avoid a cluttered appearance and for ease of maintenance – those broad leaves just need a quick wipe every now and then to return them to polished glory. Fussier plants with a multitude of small leaves can also look great, but will require more work as the leaves fall off and twigs and branches grow unevenly, while ferns always look great and last very well.

See the Big Picture First:
 

Plan your décor before you start. Draw scale diagrams of the room and plan out colour themes, vignettes, all the furniture you will need and decide between paint and wallpaper. If the latter, spend some time looking at the various ranges of offer as wallpaper can come in an amazing variety these days! Look online at furniture sites to get ideas of what is available and how well it will fit in with your rough diagram, choosing all the furniture items before you buy. Shop4furniture has an excellent range, sure to have furniture to please everyone’s tastes. Once you know the effect you want to achieve you are more likely to buy only what you need and you will be very happy with the effect it all creates when put together.

These hints and ideas will help you to put your home together in a way that is sure to satisfy the whole family. It will make all the hard work, and investment of time and money, seem worthwhile when your family and friends express their admiration for your decorating skills!





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Vintage suitcases, hat boxes, picnic suitcase, and the like are so tempting to buy because they are usually made from cool materials, bright colors, and with little accoutrements you don’t find on things made today.  We’re going to turn this hip item into something useful for the bedroom.  We will add furniture legs to make it a table, but it will additionally serve as storage space for books, an extra blanket, records – the sky’s the limit.

Materials:

You will need a few basic materials and tools.

  • An old suitcase or something similar (like this vintage picnic suitcase)
  • 4 furniture legs (a large variety can be found at hardware and home improvement stores)

Note: If the material of the suitcase you’re working with is particularly thick, you may need to pull the double sided screw on the furniture legs out a little bit to get some extra room.  Ask at the hardware store about this.

  • Nuts and bolts that fit on the end of the furniture leg
  • Power drill and drill bits
  • Permanent marker
  • Tape measure

How To: 

  1. Turn the suitcase so that the bottom is facing up.  Use your tape measure to determine 4 equidistant (to the outside edge of the suitcase) points.  Mark this with a permanent marker.

      

  2.  Determine what size drill bit you need to use to drill a hole so the furniture leg hardware will fit through the suitcase.  The bit needs to be just a little bigger than the piece of hardware.
  3. Insert the drill bit and make sure your suitcase is placed somewhere sturdy where it won’t move while being worked on – a work bench or table is preferred. Hold the suitcase steady, or have someone help you, while you insert the drill perfectly perpendicular to the suitcase. Determine the drill bit speed by what material you are drilling into. We are working with bamboo here, so I used a slow speed. If you’re drilling through plastic start with a medium speed, and work your way up if you’re not getting through to the other side with the drill. Repeat for the other 3 marked spots.
  4. Insert the legs from the bottom of the suitcase, so the hardware part sticks up into the inside of the suitcase. Place a washer on either side, and the nut on the inside of the suitcase to secure the leg. Repeat for all 4 legs.
  5. Optional: You may want to sew in a piece of fabric or place something over this if you’re going to be putting clothes or scarves in the suitcase for storage as it may get caught on the hardware.
  6. Optional: Paint the legs of your furniture legs to match the décor of your room, or maybe your suitcase has a cool accent color you want to match.

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