Contemporary bedrooms are all about a neutral color scheme that is accentuated by pops of color in an elegant fashion. These colorful additions can be often swapped out with ease to alter the appeal of the room and its color palette with changing trends and seasons. While blue is touted as the most popular hue in the bedroom irrespective of style and season, green is the ‘chosen one’ for those who want to bring a hint of natural goodness indoors. Relaxing, elegant, bright and refreshing, it is a pleasant hue that comes in diverse shades ranging from the brilliant jewel-toned emerald to more subtle and modest minty greens.
The terms ‘contemporary’ and ‘modern’ are often used interchangeably when describing design. It’s a common faux pas and one of which this writer is certainly guilty. In design lexicon the two words have contrasting and quite distinct meanings. Describing their difference at a somewhat rudimentary level: contemporary makes reference to the present-day – that which is current and of the time – whereas modern alludes to the past, specifically that of Modernism (post the First World War) and mid-20th century modern design and architecture.
You’re pretty lucky if you have a large enough window in your bathroom that could use a seating area right beneath it. A bathroom reno featured on Beneath My Heart uses an upholstered loveseat bench with added accent pillows for the window area. How about a built-in? This vanity featured on Home Bunch has a bench area near the window, while this other example (also from Home Bunch) creates a window seat out of a bathroom storage unit. You could also try a bathroom storage unit on a much larger scale with a bench as well, like the third option below from BHG. Built-ins are great, but they’re not for everyone. You could try a simple wicker bench with an elegant cushion to place by your bathroom window, like the one below featured on House of Turquoise.
Far Sight House is a complex residential project nested in Bukit Timah, Singapore. The inspiring semi-detached property designed by Wallflower Architecture + Design interacts with the surrounding site, yet brilliantly integrates into the urban street-scape of neighbourhood. Curves, cut outs and shapes of all kinds define the house, compiling its complex architectural character. “The house is expressed by coupling two forms; a tall and narrow single-room width block housing the master bedroom, study and attic-living and the wider block at the rear accommodating two children bedrooms side by side. The formal expression the house is also a response to the strict local interpretation of attic guidelines.”
Featuring two storeys, an attic and a roof terrace overlooking the valley, the house brings the inhabitants closer to nature. It features openings on three sides all covered with vertically drawn blinds, empowering residents to control the amount of sunlight, breeze and view. The ground floor accommodates the living room, kitchen, dining, a room for guests and last, but not least, a small playground with a pool for children. The second floor accommodates a family room and three bedrooms. Finally, the roof terrace is a casual place where the family gathers for reunions and parties. It’s nice to see how the maze of greenery encircling the house was neatly integrated into the house plan, charging the residents with freshness.
Probably one of the most interesting and nature oriented houses, the House 04 project, located in the sunny region of Osijek, Croatia, tries to establish a special relationship between man and nature, using the liveable space as a tool. The modern-edgy home, designed by Helena Alfirevic Arbutina showcases the duality of the human existence and the constant need of finding inner peace. There are two walnut trees that mark symbolically the entrance. The very fluid and organic shaped house comes with all sorts of ingenious details.
The house is divided in three wings. One of the side wings accommodates the garage and the bedrooms, while the opposite wing is reserved for children. The central wing, which is public, is ideal for welcome guests. The central wing is really interesting from an architectural point of view. The interior is rich in transparent area, so you can see everything around the house even from the upper level. The abundance of transparence also allows you to have a complete view over the courtyard. The white interior, with wooden details is adorned with a central, suspended fireplace, which adds a feeling of coziness. There are “earthy” details sprinkled around the house, such as the pebble-like carpet, a pebbles “passage”, as soon as you step inside the house and a small interior garden with white stones and small bushes behind a wall of glass. Really interesting and inspiring, the 04 House gives you the feeling that you are exploring the freshness of the outdoors, right in the intimacy of your home…
Adding green to the bedroom is easy if you already have a muted color scheme going in the room. It is a color that works beautifully with the likes of white, gray and even brown. While the yellowy-greens add warmth to the bedroom, the blue-tinged variants bring a touch of coolness along with a vibrant ambiance. Here is a pick of 25 gorgeous bedrooms that incorporate green in a gorgeous fashion.
Redesdale Residence was designed by Space International and is located in Los Angeles, California. The home was integrated in a scenic landscape: “perched high on a ridge-line with sweeping views of the Silverlake reservoirs this custom residence operates as a barrier from the street-side activity while opening up the interior spaces to the panorama beyond. A tiered split level section allows each of the primary areas: the eating, living and sleeping spaces, to have autonomy from one another while giving each a specific connection to the adjacent outdoor spaces and views“. With an exterior blending wood, concrete and glass, the Redesdale home falls in a category that we often see here on our site, that of modern and minimalist residences, embraced by the ones looking for a comfortable and opulent way of living. How would you comment on the design features of this US home? [Photography by Joshua White & Steve King]
As we alluded to earlier, green and white is a smart combination that works well in a modern bedroom and balances energetic overtones with a serene backdrop. The amount of green you use here depends on the size of the room and the amount of natural light that floods into your bedroom. Smaller bedrooms with too much green might seem both overwhelming and visually cluttered.
Check out these 10 Most Important Tips For Decorating On A Tight Budget. Image Via: Cinder Creek Construction
It’s no secret that interior design can be expensive to incorporate into your home budget. Even if you’re only looking at redecorating a single room, the costs can add up quickly. Do you want to buy carpeting or install hardwood to cover the floors? What paint color will you choose? How much of it will you need to cover the space? Are you going to buy new furniture? What about new light fixtures and other accessories? Don’t forget about wall hangings and décor.
The idea of having to purchase all these items is overwhelming. When trying to do it all on a limited budget, it seems insurmountable, right? Not once you’ve learned our secrets.
Below are the 10 Most Important Tips For Decorating On A Tight Budget. Use them to create an interior design that’s fit for your dream home, without the designer prices to match.
Use these tips to decorate on a budget. Image Via: Etre
While proper planning is essential for any home improvement project, its necessity increases tenfold when you’re working on a tight budget. After all, no one wants to find themselves in a situation where they’ve found the perfect couch only to discover that they don’t have enough money in their account or that the non-refundable corner cabinet they’ve ordered online won’t fit into the space. Doing a little legwork beforehand will drastically cut down on the likelihood of encountering an unpleasant surprise along the way.
First, find your design inspiration. Look at magazines and the internet to figure out what style you’d like to emulate in your design. Then, break the project down into its components – flooring, furniture, paint, accessories, and décor. Browse stores to get a solid idea on how much the components will cost. Be sure to take into account any associated costs like hiring handymen.
Once you have a price point in mind, take a look at your finances. Be honest about how much you have available for spending. If that amount falls short of your project price point, set aside a manageable amount of money each week until you reach your goal. It may take longer than charging purchases on a credit card, but you’ll thank yourself later.
Make a budget and decorating plan before you begin shopping. Image Via: Becki Peckham
There’s no denying that repurposing your old design elements won’t be as exciting as waiting for all new pieces to arrive from the store. But, with a little bit of elbow grease and an investment in free time, it’s possible to totally transform the look of almost any component of your interior design. Plus, it will allow you to save money for must-have purchases later on.
Look around your existing space and think of out-side the box ways to repurpose items that you’re currently using. Do you really need all new kitchen cabinets or can you just get them refaced? Are there hardwood floors underneath the current carpeting? Can you freshen up your old bedroom suit by giving it a new coat of paint?
As you begin to get a feel for what you can repurpose, do your research. Chances are that you’ll be able to find DIY guides for most of the projects. Be sure to study the guides thoroughly before starting a project and continue to consult it as you go. Ask a handy friend or family member to provide guidance, if possible.
Repaint existing cabinets to give them a fresh look. Image Via: Kohler
Working under a budget is often about prioritizing spending. When you’re working with limited resources, you have to spend money where you will get the most bang for your buck. In interior design, that means allocating a large portion of your budget towards purchasing quality furniture.
Furniture is a wise place to spend your money because it will likely last for years. Unlike paint colors that will fall out of style or accessories that will lose their luster after a few years of wear in tear good furniture could last for decades.
It also serves the duel purpose defining a room with just a glance. Once you have a solid bedroom suit for your sleeping space or a sofa and chair set for your living room, half the work is done. You’ll only have to add small touches to pull the room together, rather than trying to create a cohesive space with a bunch of décor items and no center to tie them together.
Use furniture to define your space. Image Via: Nest Designs LLC
Though you want to invest in good furniture, you can save if you buy pieces that are unfinished, or lack a top coating of paint or stain. Even though these costs less than the models that you could buy off the showroom floor, you’ll often get better quality pieces since the manufacture is unable to hide imperfections under varnishes and paint.
Popular Woodworking recommends asking the manufacturer plenty of questions before starting a finishing project. Ask them which kinds of stains the wood will take well and which it won’t, what color or shade they would recommend, and if you can have an extra piece of wood to take come in order to create a sample.
Once you have your vision in mind, get the technique down. Make sure to sand the wood before starting and in between coats. Apply the finish horizontally whenever possible, in even strokes along the grain of the wood, and always leave plenty of time for the coating to dry.
Unfinished wood lets you pay less for higher quality pieces. Image Via: Co Adaptive Architecture PLLC
Finishing your own wood is nice in theory, but sometimes it’s just not feasible. You could be trying to decorate a tiny apartment where there isn’t enough space for such work or you could have a hectic schedule filled with work, family obligations, and social engagements. Whatever the case, if you need to stay on budget while buying ready-made furniture, don’t be afraid to shop second hand.
Get to know your local thrift store. Figure out what days they accept new inventory and get there early to scope out every inch of the place. Shop online for auctions or freecycle ventures. Spend your weekends combing yard sales and flea markets. Ask around to see if your family and friends have anything that they’re not using. Keep an eye out for going-out-of-business sales and pay special attention to the curbs of your neighborhood on your local trash day.
When shopping for second hand items, quality is more important than style, which can always be altered. Inspect every inch of the piece for structural quality. You can always cover a sofa with a slip cover, give a rusted mirror a new coat of paint, or buy a different lamp shade to help your find fit better with your interior design.
Shop second hand to purchase items at a steep discount. Image Via: Risa Boyer Architecture
It’s time to let you in on one of interior design’s biggest secrets: Color is cheap. In contrast to other interior deign elements, paint costs just pennies on the dollar. Accessories like throw pillows cost even less. Infuse a high-end look into your space by using filling it with color.
Before you take the plunge with paint, be sure you’ve picked a color you love. Pick up a few free palettes from your local home improvement store. Once you’ve narrowed it down to a few choices, you can pick up samples of each. Paint small squares of each sample color on each wall of the room see which one you like best. Check on the samples over the course of a few days to see how the colors react to varying amounts of daylight.
A note on choosing colors: The folks at recommend using the 60-30-10 Rule when selecting shades for your interior. It states that roughly 60% – think walls – of the space should be filled by a dominant, more neutral color. Then, the next 30% of the space should go to a secondary color. The final 10% should be decorated in a bolder accent color.
Go bold with color if you want to tie a room together for pennies on the dollar. Image Via: Kati Curtis Design
In interior design, the term “decor” typically refers to the items in a room that have no specific function other than to decorate the space. These can be things such as artwork or other wall hangings, decorative rugs, and coffee table assortments. While they are indeed essential to a cohesive design, these items are also the place where you can save the most money.
Decor is incredibly open to personal interpretation, so use skills that you already have to create your own items rather than buying them. If you are always behind a camera, frame a few of your favorite pictures and proudly put them on display. Completing a painting or two to use as wall art is an excellent excuse to rediscover a beloved past time. If you feel at home by the sea, collect some shells to give your room a relaxing feel.
Don’t be afraid to search out items that can serve a duel purpose. Show off your vast book collection by artfully arranging them on an open bookcase. Use old wine bottles in lieu of vases for fresh flowers. Anything will work as long as you let your personality shine through.
Frame personal photographs for thrifty decor. Image Via: Cartoloji
It’s right in the name. Choosing a minimalist style to decorate your interior will cost you minimally, at least when compared to other, more ornate, schools of thought. Plus, minimalist design is in right now, so not only will you be saving money, you’ll also be staying on trend.
In interior design, minimalism is defined by neutral colors, especially monochromatic ones, the use of natural materials, clean lines on furniture and cabinetry. Lighting should be unobtrusive, yet plentiful Be sure to use very few accessories and, when choosing items to decorate the space, opt for one or two large statement pieces rather than a bunch of knick-nacks.
Keep in mind that the ability to keep the space clean is an important component of pulling off a minimalist style. Be sure to invest in plenty of concealed storage and to straighten up regularly. While this may not be a style that appeals to everyone, if you can pull it off, it’s an easy way to keep costs down without looking like you did it intentionally.
Make your style minimalist and your cost will stay the same way. Image Via: Beccy Smart Photography
One of the biggest interior design mistakes you can make, especially when trying to save money, is to take on too many redesigning projects at once. New homeowners in particular tend to fall into the trap of wanting to redo the décor of every room from top to bottom. While it may be tempting to be able to feel like you’ve completely finished decorating, you wallet will appreciate if you go at a slower pace.
The best advice we can give is to live in a space before making any massive changes to the interior. As you begin to use the room, you will get a better feel for its quirks. Replacing old kitchen cabinets the minute you move in will seem like a waste if, six months later, you find yourself wishing you had taken the time to redesign the layout first.
Again, this is all about prioritizing. Pick the room in your home that needs the most help and start there. In the meantime, make the others livable, even if they’re not picture-perfect. Then, when you’ve had a little time to let your budget recuperate, move onto next big project.
Decorate one room at a time. Image Via: Risa Boyer Architecture
All of the above tips are useful if you have a strong sense of personal style and have a cohesive idea of what you want to achieve with your interior design. But, what if you don’t have an idea of where to start? Even if you know what you want, who says you have the time? For these occasions, hiring an interior designer is key and a student designer is a great way to get the help you need while staying within your price point.
Student designers are a find because they are often looking to sharply discount their rates in exchange for experience. Some may even forgo labor costs entirely if you’d be willing to provide them with a glowing testimonial and let them take a few photos of the finished project for their portfolio. Call around to the interior design schools in your area or post an ad online. Odds are, there will be tons of students clamoring for the opportunity.
As with anyone you would hire, make sure to interview potential designers first before agreeing to a contract. Look for designers that share your sense of style. Make your budget and compensation expectations very clear. If you would like them to take any special steps, such as thrifting décor items rather than purchasing them, mention these as soon as possible. Don’t hesitate to put you agreement in writing. However, once you find the right match, you’ll be good to go.
Consider hiring a student designer. Image Via: Lisa Petrole Photography
Trying to complete a decorating project on a shoestring budget isn’t easy. But, with a commitment of time an effort, it can be done. Use these tips to get you started. Don’t be afraid to run with them and really make your interior design your own. At the end of the day, what’s most important is that you are happy and comfortable in your current living space.
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Handmade, elegant and solid, the Dixon Modular Storage Unit from Dare Studio is a beautiful example of well-made British design. Designed by Patrick Frey for Richard Lampert, the sleek, modest and rather demure Stak Trolley system is suited to home and office environments. German-Based Richard Lampert follows the motto: ‘as little as possible, as much as necessary’.
We end today’s post by highlighting powder rooms with traditional style. Charming wall tile, an arched window and a clawfoot Astonian Luxor tub grace the light-filled bathroom below. While subway tile adds a modern look to this next featured space, striped curtains and (once again) a clawfoot tub put their traditional stamp on the room. In case you’re curious, that fabulous shower rail can be purchased at Lefroy Brooks. Be sure to check out the brand’s lovely bathtubs as well. The silver feet on this clawfoot tub make it a true standout. Surround it with black tile, and you have a powerful contrast that can’t be ignored.
Your bench doesn’t necessarily have to be built right into your shower. If you have enough room, you can purchase a standalone bench that you can bring right in, and remove whenever you want! Here’s a wooden bench in a large walk-in from HGTV. What type of bathroom bench or stool is your favorite? Let us know in the comments.