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This is the most obvious and the oldest trick in the book. From real estate's open house staging to interior designers, all of them swear by placing plants which instantly transforms your empty corners and side tables and fills them with life.
I personally like to keep artificial plants all around my room, especially ones which are going on wooden furniture like side tables and on wooden flooring. I would advise you to do the same in order to avoid water spillage on delicate furniture and thus ruining it.
However most of the succulents (plants which do not require intensive care and watering) are easy to maintain and you should go for real. Some of the best places to put plants in your room (if you don't have space) are:
- On a shelf or even on the top of your cupboards and wardrobe. (For such plants that are placed on a height go for artificial plants as otherwise they would be a PAIN to water)
2. On your side table, or even your study table. (A medium sized succulent or even a small plant would look FABULOUS when placed on a stack of books. Books+plants are a failsafe combination!)
3.If you have a reading chair in your room, or living room always surround it with plants. Here you can use a combination of fake and real plants to give you that fresh feel and to minimize maintenance at the same time.
4. If you want to be really fancy, you can place specific plants even in your bathroom! Plants in the bathroom can provide a beautiful juxtaposition to the harsh tiled rest of the interior.
-For placing real plants in the bathroom, you should make sure that they can survive in moist climate. Some of them are:
- Aloe Vera
- Snake Plant
- Money Plant
And a Console Table/Chest of Drawers
Mirrors are indeed a portal to another world. Mirrors let you play with light and space, helping you to make your room look brighter, bigger and overall a better place to hang out in.
Another pro tip I have is that always try to pair some kind of console table when decorating with a mirror. This is especially true when you're starting with a blank canvas aka a blank room, or renovating your old room as then you can properly designate the space and the orientation of the entire ensemble.
Console tables (and something like a chest of drawers) would bring such a depth to the room and when paired with a few plants, books and a perfect round mirror, would create a very Pinterest like space right in your bedroom.
However, apart from framed beautiful round mirrors that go on the wall, even full length mirrors, one laying obliquely against the wall on the floor (and not mounted on the wall) would look so inviting and chic that you wouldn't be able to resist clicking a few photos every time you walk past it.
Floor mirrors and Console tables (if you like me are hopeless at wood work.) are EXPENSIVE. So if you're a college student like me focus on hanging and mounting round mirrors, square wood mirrors to bring out the beauty of any space
You can bejewel it with, yep you guessed it, plants!
Throw blankets are the BEST when it comes to adding texture to a plain backdrop. I personally love muted tones and neutral tones more (to match the bedding which I will talk about next). Also the knitted and jute-like textures work really well to tie the whole room together.
However, if your furniture is muted, that is if the chair on which you're going to be placing your throw is in the blush-beige-white family, then feel free to use really bold colors.
Contrast is always beautiful to look at and so fun to play around with!
If you went on Pinterest right now and searched, modern room designs or chic bedroom decor you'll probably end up seeing these beautiful clean rooms with plants, mirror, contrasting fabrics and throws and beautiful hotel type beds.
While changing the bedframes and the mattress is a huge AND expensive commitment, changing your duvet covers and comforters and bedsheets and pillow covers is not so.
One of the most common mistakes that we make while decorating a room is not paying attention to the bedding. We often make do with the existing bedsheets and comforters, not bothering to get new ones specific for our own space.
In order to get a beautiful clean look for the bedroom, it is IMPERATIVE to have neutral tones of bedding.
Beige, cream, white bedsheets paired with a grey or light brown-sandy comforter and pillow cases instantly makes your bed and indirectly your bedroom look rich. Feel free to add a pop of color in forms of pillows and throws.
Do not forget, it is after all a bed-room so do not forget to pay attention to the literal elephant in the room.
(I emphasized on choosing neutral colors because most of the walls that people have are either white or a relative shade. If in your case that is not true, feel free to used toned down and light versions of the colors of your walls or light versions of the colours complementary to you bedroom's color scheme.)
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After neutral bedding and plain mirrors we do need some pop of color to bring light and joy into the room. So while throws and vibrant green plants do a good job of providing the same, many times you might not have a good enough sofa or a good chair in the room to place it on.
In such cases, feel free to put the throw on the bed and get matching vibrant Pillow Covers. and even if you decide to forego the throw all together, you can still make use of statement pillow cases.
Which pillows and which colours to opt? So while the rectangle sleeping pillows will have the same colour as that of the bedsheet, you can add additional square pillows of different colours to bring out the colour and the richness of the neutral bedding more.
Like I said, contrast is our BEST friend so embrace it! You can go for shades of blue, black and white tribal patterns, or even olive green and black. My favourite colour to pair with wooden furniture, plants and overall light decor is Tan. (Though I prefer it more when it is used as upholstery)
Hand in hand with pillow cases are rugs. Bright and patterned rugs can look so good in an otherwise muted room. However, if you feel like that with your other bright components, the rug would make the room more loud and suffocative, it is advisable to use a textured and neutral coloured rug and it would have the same effect!
THAT'S IT YOU GUYS!
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