5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Choosing a decorating style is not something to rush or consider lightly. Every purchase you make while selecting furniture and décor has to reflect the style you choose, and you don’t want to start questioning your decision halfway through the decorating process. Before you start furnishing your home, use our guide to narrow down your unique decorating style and feel confident in your final decision.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Rustic if…

You’d rather live outdoors if you could and you tend to choose natural colors and materials over others. The simpler things in life make you the happiest, and you’ve never once been accused of being to be too “over the top.”

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Eclectic if…

Your goal in life is to have as many interesting experiences as possible. Breaking the rules has never been an issue, and you prefer buying clothes at yard sales or thrift shops where you can find unique items. Most importantly, you hate being too matchy-matchy.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Coastal if…

A simple and clean space makes you feel the most relaxed. You love the color white, and an ideal vacation is obviously somewhere near the ocean. The good news is: even if you don’t live anywhere near the water, you can still create a coastal-style home.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

Your style is Transitional if…

You’re never one extreme or the other and you prefer to be somewhere always in the middle. The transitional style is a mixture of contemporary and traditional that allows you to enjoy a home that is never neither too fussy nor too bold. For you, the transitional look is just right.

5 Different Decorating Styles: How to Find Yours

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Your style is Contemporary if…

Frills and clutter are the absolute worst. You like abstract works of art or bright, bold graphics. If you like open spaces and to always keep things simple, the contemporary style is perfect for you.

So what’s your decorating style? Let your personality help you decide.

By Wendy Weinert

 

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Is your space starting to look a little blah lately? Do you feel like the room just needs a change? Then you may want to consider painting an accent wall. Accent walls offer an easy and inexpensive way to liven up a dull room and make it pop. All you have to do is choose which wall you want to accent and the right color for your space.

Give a room new life with an accent wall

Choosing an accent wall

The wall you decide to accent will largely be determined by the existing features in a room and how you plan to set up your space. Accent walls are meant to be dramatic, so it’s best not to paint a wall that is mostly covered with furniture or décor accessories. Otherwise the color will lose its impact and your room won’t pop as much as it could. That being said, you also don’t want your accent wall to be completely bare, which could cause the wall to overpower the rest of the room! When it comes to accent walls, balance is key, so choose a wall that maybe has a few hanging accessories, but avoid one that is mostly blocked with by a tall dresser or something similar.

Give a room new life with an accent wall

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Choosing the right color

When you’re painting all four walls in a room, your color choice is generally limited. A bright or dramatic color often overwhelms when it surrounds the entire room. That’s why it can be a lot of fun to do an accent wall in your space. Because you are painting only one wall an accent color and leaving the rest neutral, you can go as bold or bright as you’d like! If you really want to make a statement in your space, consider using wallpaper that features a fun pattern or design instead. Wallpaper is just as effective as paint, and can be easily replaced when you’re ready for a change.

If you’re sick of looking at white walls, then using paint or wallpaper to create an accent wall is a perfect solution. Don’t be afraid to go bold and make a statement with an eye-catching color like red or bright blue!

By Wendy Weinert

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

Creating a lighting plan for a room is a lot different than simply replacing a light fixture or adding a new light source. When making a lighting plan, you are starting from scratch, which makes it that much more important to carefully consider the best way to get good lighting for your space. Make sure each room is properly lit by following these three steps.

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

1. Draw out a plan of your room

The setup of a room will largely influence where you will need the most light. Even if you don’t have the room furnished, map out where you intend to place furniture and accent décor. Then, pinpoint the areas where specific tasks will take place and pieces or architectural elements that you want to feature. This will not only give you an idea of where to place light fixtures, but also what type of light source is best suited for your needs. Be sure to take note of existing sockets in the room, which may influence where you can place lamps.

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

2. Consider connecting rooms/spaces

Even though every room requires a unique lighting plan, it’s important to factor the transition from room to room. You want to ease people into a space. A softly-lit room that connects to a bright hallway creates a harsh transition that neither you nor guests will appreciate.

 

Light your home like a pro with these 3 easy steps

3. Determine the style you hope to achieve

The light fixtures you choose should be functional, but that doesn’t mean they can’t also be stylish. A pendant light or sconce can have a huge impact on a room’s overall look, so consider what you want a fixture to do for your space and the style you hope to achieve. This will narrow down your list of options and make the shopping process easier.

Now that you know the style and type of light fixtures you need, you can finally start shopping! Give yourself plenty of time to browse different options so you can find the perfect light fixtures to match your room’s style and functional needs.

By Wendy Weinert

5 common interior design mistakes to avoid so you can look like a decorating pro

 

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You may not be an interior designer, but that doesn’t mean you can’t style you home like a pro! Even rookie decorators can fool guests into thinking that they’re experts. Whether you’re remodeling an entire room or simply updating its look, avoid these five common interior design mistakes:

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1.  Lack of variety

Catalogs are to be used for inspiration, but some homeowners like to think of them as a step-by-step guide book for decorating. Even if you have a favorite furniture store, don’t be afraid to search elsewhere. Mixing and matching furniture from different places will help give your home personality.

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2. No focal point

Have you ever walked into a room and instantly felt that something was missing? More than likely, the room just needed a focal point. Focal points give your space a sense of purpose and order. Depending on your space, a focal point could be an architectural feature, or it could be a statement piece of furniture you’ve selected.

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3. Bad furniture setup

Areas like the living room are meant to encourage conversation and flow. If all of your furniture is pushed up against the wall, your space tends to come off as less inviting. Group furniture like sofas and chairs together in order to create a more intimate setting and make sure to leave room for movement.

4. Poor lighting

No matter how good you are at picking out furniture, it is crucial for a room to have good lighting as well. Don’t just install one overhead light fixture and call it good. Use multiple light sources in every room to create a well-lit space that is never too bright or too jarring.

5. Overcrowded space

It’s hard to let go of a piece of furniture that you love, but sometimes you simply don’t have the room! Trying to squeeze too much furniture in a small space will give your room a cluttered look. Although removing a chair or table might be difficult, you’ll be happy once the room feels less crowded.

By avoiding these five mistakes, you can improve the look and style of your space. Soon enough, friends and family might even start coming to you for decorating advice!

By Wendy Weinert

How to Incorporate Bright Colors into your Home

Decorating with bright colors is an easy way to liven up a space and give it some cheer. Unfortunately, it is also an easy way to ruin the look of your favorite room if you’re not careful. Have you ever walked into someone’s home and instantly thought “what were they thinking?!” More often than not, the culprit of their disastrous interior design was the misuse of colors. Maybe they tried using too many different colors. Whatever the case, it certainly did not leave you impressed.

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 Incorporating bright colors into your interior design can be done, and when executed well, will transform your living space and give it personality. Here are some simple ways to get started:

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Accessorize with bright colors

The easiest way to add some life to a room is to decorate with colorful accessories. Whether it’s an abstract painting, a red lamp or a colorful throw pillow, you can be sure that these smaller furnishings will make a big difference. Don’t be afraid to select different colored items. As long as the colors complement each other, they will look great in your room.  Make sure to check out, Jezebel, who handcrafts beautiful pieces of glass and metal lighting, all in the USA.

Photo credit: Coastal Decors

Photo credit: Coastal Decors

Add a surprising pop of color with bright furniture

If you want your bright colors to make more of an impact, consider a bold piece of furniture like a sofa or table. Because these items are larger, they will instantly become the center of attention in any room. In most rooms, you will want to have only one or two of these larger, brighter furnishings. Otherwise, each piece will have to fight for attention and will have less of an impact.

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Photo Credit: Garimpando Frida

Go daring and install colorful wallpaper

Just because you ought to be careful with bright colors, doesn’t mean that you can’t still be daring. Install wallpaper with a colorful design on just one of the walls in a room like a mural. Wallpaper on one wall instead of all four will add style to your room without overwhelming it.

If you’re not sure whether two colors work together when decorating, ask for a second or even third opinion. You can even take pictures to get a better idea. After your interior design has been revamped with a brighter look, you’ll never want to go back to an ordinary, neutral color palette again!

 

 

 

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Cameron Diaz’s Manhattan Apartment: how to get the look

Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Photo Credit: Elle Decor

Cameron Diaz is a unique phenomenon. Who else can manage to always look effortlessly glamorous, never over the top and fun – all at the same time! While you might not have figured out how to pull off her look fashion-wise, you can now bring these stylish characteristics to your home, thanks to Elle Décor!

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The online magazine showcased Diaz’s apartment, designed by Diaz and Kelly Wearstler, along with a brief interview with the actress herself. Based on the article, here are some simple ways you can add a little bit of that “Cameron appeal” to your home:

Currey Company Helio Table Lamp

Currey Company Helio Table Lamp

Incorporate brass

Diaz told Elle Décor, “I blame my love of sparkly, shiny things on my Cuban roots. But I also wanted a place that felt very homey, very tactile.” Her designer, Wearstler, was able to help her achieve this mix by incorporating brass furniture and fixtures in rooms like the kitchen, bedroom, dining room and living room.

Brass stands out, but does so without being too flashy and over the top. When adding brass to your home, think beyond the box. While most cabinets nowadays are made out of wood or glass, Cameron’s designer made a brass cabinet … and it looks awesome!

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Don’t be afraid of unique colors

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Sometimes taking a risk is necessary to achieve the look you really want. Cameron’s apartment features several striking colors, like the emerald green cabinets in the kitchen or the pop of yellow in the living room. Adding a pop of color even in something like a chandelier or a unique color palette on your walls is a great way to give your home a more eclectic feel.

Make every piece count

From the artwork to the faucet fixtures, everything in Diaz’s home has been carefully thought out to enhance the overall look of the room. Nothing seems arbitrary or looks out of place. And while none of the rooms are overcrowded, each room has defining pieces that stand out and grab your attention. Look for unique light fixtures or interesting pieces of furniture for your own home!

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Designing your home to be effortlessly stylish doesn’t have to be impossible. Just try some of these ideas from Cameron Diaz’s home and you’ll transform your home in no time.

 

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Give your Mailbox a Festive Look!

The holidays are nicknamed “the most wonderful time of the year” for a reason! With the music, the celebrations and of course the food, the holidays just have a way of making a person more cheerful. And if you’re like us here at Bellacor, you love decorating to celebrate this fun-filled holiday!

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While you might have already covered every inch of your house with holiday décor, you may have overlooked the poor, plain-looking mailbox. Whether you have a mailbox attached to a post, or a smaller mailbox just attached the side of your house, there are plenty of ways to make it look festive. Just try some of these ideas!

Spray with fake snow

let-it-snow-in-a-can-12000563-0-1374157078000Now your mailbox can always have that pretty look that comes after a fresh snowfall. All you have to do is spray the top of your mailbox with a can of fake snow! For that final touch, add a big, red ribbon either on the side of the mailbox, or right on top. This is an easy décor idea to quickly turn your boring mailbox into a holiday display.

 

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Accessorize with a garland

Nothing says Christmas quite like festive greenery. Share the holiday spirit by draping a fir garland on top of your mailbox or wrap some around the post. You can even add some fake red berries, or once again use red ribbon to complete the look.

If you are setting greenery on top of your mailbox, make sure it doesn’t cover the front so it’s not difficult for the mailman to open the door.

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If you have a smaller mailbox that is attached to the house, adding garland or large ribbons can be tricky. Instead, try painting the mailbox with outdoor-weather paint and stick on a small Christmas bow. If you really want to get creative, you can even stencil a cute holiday design like a snowman or Santa Claus. You can even purchase a colored mailbox if you want to change it out for the holidays.

 

Make every part of your home festive this year and turn your mailbox into a holiday display!

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Choosing the Right Window Treatments

Selecting window treatments for your home seems easy enough. After all, anything that covers your window will do, right? Wrong! Every room in your house is different, with unique needs and the opportunity for its own style. The window treatments you choose, therefore, need to match the functionality and design of the room. When selecting window treatments, there are several things you should consider:

Privacy

Everyone likes their privacy, and certain rooms require more of it than others. You probably already know which rooms of the house you prefer private, such as the bathroom or your bedroom. In the bathroom, try using cellular shades. Cellular shades offer privacy but also let in natural light so you can still look your best in the morning.

In areas like the living room, privacy may be of little concern. This opens the door to other possibilities, such as pretty sheer curtains or stylish valances.

Photo Credit: Serena & Lily

Photo Credit: Serena & Lily

Light

The amount of natural light let into a room largely depends on the window treatment. To make a room feel light and airy, such as the kitchen or living room, use sheer fabrics to cover the windows. Sheer materials are great for letting light in, but also keeping the sun from feeling too harsh.

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In the bedroom, you might consider using a thick curtain to cover your windows. That way, you can completely block out the sun in the morning and let the natural light flood in during the day. If you want more flexibility and control over how much light is let in, try using shutters or blinds.

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Style

Window treatments can blend in with a room or stand out and take the room’s style to the next level. Style considerations include the actual window treatment (curtains vs. shades, etc.), the material, color and design.

The style of the window treatment should match the overall design of the room. Rich colors and materials like velvet look great in elegant rooms. Sheer, lacy fabrics give off a vintage or romantic feel, while simple cotton materials look casual. To create an earthy and natural look, install bamboo shades or shades made in organic colors.

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To select the right window treatments for your home, remember to consider the privacy, light and style needs of each room.

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Culinary pampering with blomus

Blomus’ elegant and functional stainless steel product line is bound to be a great fit for any modern kitchen and home.  Their practicality and wide range of products make them great gifts for friends and family over the holiday.
blomusThe days are starting to get colder and Autumn is knocking on the door. Nothing beats a plate of fresh-made pasta after a long day at work or a  quick run in the 63565_2rain. Fresh veggies, your choice of dressing, and fresh cheese on top are a must! The most suitable ones are hard cheeses such as Grana Parmegiano or Pecorino, ideally freshly grated to allow for the cheese to unfold its aroma. NAVETTA , blomus’ new cheese grater (NEW product coming soon to bellacor.com), is a not to be missed helper to grate the cheese and dose just the right amount. The stainless steel grater, held in a plastic surrounding, tops a high class polished stainless steel bowl, which holds the grated cheese. Its shape caters for comfortable handling and thanks to the flat bottom NAVETTA will stand firmly on the table. The freshly grated parmesan cheese falls into the bowl and can be poured over Pasta, Risottos or salads just like that without the need of any other utensil. The classy design makes NAVETTA a perfect gift for Pasta lovers and ambitious hobby cooks.

Meanwhile, try out Blomus’ Forma cheese cutter which is useful helper in the kitchen. The stainless steel cutter is elegantly simple and easy to use.

Froma Stainless Steel Cheese Cutter.  Bellacor #: 681346

Froma Stainless Steel Cheese Cutter

 

Salt and Pepper shakers are a favorite among Blomus kitchenware are must haves on any table setting.  For the spices to unfold all their Blomus MacchiatoBlomus Salt & Pepperaromas, they should be freshly ground for each dish. The grinding sets free the essential oils that give the dish the wanted spice. The new PEREA spice mill (another NEW item coming soon to bellacor.com) helps getting just the right amount of spices needed. Can’t wait for the product to come to our site? Then the Macchiato salt and pepper set by Blomus can help give any dish the right spice and is a must have. Their modern design make them a perfect addition to the your kitchenware.

For dinner with friends or a dinner for two, a good glass of wine has to come with it. To enjoy the wine’s full taste the right storage is essential. Red wines should be stored horizontally to keep the cork moist. If the cork dries out it may not perfectly seal the bottle and air may get into the bottle ,ruining the wine. The new VINEDO wine rack holds eight bottles in horizontal storage, so you can stock up for the cold autumn evenings. Plastic shelves hold two bottles per layer and are pre-shaped so the bottle fits in firmly. The chrome plated wire framework fits in any kitchen or dining room elegantly yet discreet. VINEDO can also be used for other bottles and beverages.

63569_1Finally let’s consider the entrance areas.  They are often difficult areas to outfit. On one hand the area has to offer sufficient storage space for keys, coats, and jackets, but on the other hand it needs to look welcoming and inviting as it is the first impression any visitor gets of your home.  Use Blomus’ brushed stainless steel key box to store your keys.  It is very practical and doesn’t take up much of your decor space.

Blomus Brushed Stainless Steel Key Box

Blomus Brushed Stainless Steel Key Box

Make sure to check out the new style coming soon to bellacor.com! The VELIO stainless steel key box holds all the keys you have. The door of the key box, a glass magnet board which comes in shiny black or white, gives VELIO an exclusive design. 6 small magnets make it possible to stick postcards, shipping lists or photographs to the glass door. An elegant end to looking for the keys – comes either shiny black or white.

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Getting Ready for Holiday Guests

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The holidays are almost here and you probably know what that means … it’s time to play host! Soon, loved ones will be showing up at your doorstep and your home will be filled with friends and family. Before guests arrive, prepare your home for the holidays with these five decorating tips: 

Set planters by your front door

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This year, you don’t have to struggle with Christmas lights to create a holiday look. Show off the outside of your home with a festive display of planters instead. All you have to do is put an evergreen plant in a decorative planter. Then, set it right next to your front door or on your front porch step for guests to admire.

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 Create a welcoming entryway

 A welcoming environment starts at the entryway. When guests first walk into your home, make sure you have well-lit entryway to greet them. If the entryway seems a bit bare and is lacking allure, hang a Christmas wreath on the wall or the back of the front door.

Photo Credit: Canarm

Photo Credit: Canarm

Install a chandelier

 Many of the guests staying in your home have probably have seen it already. Give them something new to admire then and surprise them with a new, elegant chandelier. You can replace an old chandelier or hang up a new one in the living room, dining room or whatever room that works!

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Light the fireplace

Who doesn’t love sitting by a nice fire during the holiday season? Having a fireplace instantly makes a room feel cozy and warm. To help make guests feel even more comfortable, set down a soft rug right in front of the fireplace where they can sit.

Decorate the dinner table with festive plates

 Decrease the amount of work you have to do when company is over by decorating the dinner table beforehand. Instead of using your regular dishware, however, decorate the table with festive plates instead. Setting the table with holiday plates will make a big dinner feel even more special.

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 Now that you’re ready for guests to arrive, take a sigh of relief and enjoy the rest of your holiday!