Looks we love: Meal-themed prints for the kitchen & dining room

If you want to update  your kitchen or dining room, but have run out of decorating ideas, try putting up some framed, food and meal-inspired prints! Here’s one by arnold | inuyaki that caught our eye.

Kitchen posters

And for the more literary among, here’s a great print of a famous Virginia Woolf quote (from A Room of One’s Own), by etsy artist, shopannshen.

Virginia Woolf Print

Home decorating ideas: Mixing antique and IKEA furniture

If you are like most of us, you probably have more than one piece of IKEA furniture in your house. And you know what? That’s OK! Don’t listen to the design snobs. For unique home decorating ideas, try mixing IKEA furniture and antique furniture to create an eclectic look that’s both functional and fabulous. Here are some examples:

Above: A grey patterned IKEA rug looks great with warm tones and a mid-century inspired chair.

Above: IKEA bookshelves look right at home alongside an antique writing desk.

Above:  An IKEA cabinet loses its legs and becomes a great entertainment center.

As you can see, IKEA furniture can look just as good as high-priced furniture. And because it is so simple, you can let your creativity run wild. When it comes to home decorating ideas, you don’t have to spend a lot of money to get a great look. All you need is a little ingenuity. And remember, your house doesn’t have to look like a showroom to be warm, inviting, and fun. Let your personal style shine through in the details.

What about you? Do you have any pieces of IKEA furniture that you’ve “hacked” in any way to change its design elements? Or do you have pieces mixed in with your older furniture? If so, tell us about it in the comments, or send in some photos. Check our “About” page for contact info. If you send something in, we’ll publish it here on our site! Along with a link to your site.

Home decorating ideas: Color coded bookshelf

In search of the latest home decorating ideas? Why not try a trendy, color coded bookshelf? It’s a great way to add some pizazz to your personal library. For the best effect, follow the natural color pattern of the rainbow: red, orange, yellow, green, blue and purple. Here, the walls are painted a bright blue to add even more color!

Color Coded Bookshelf

Photo: Chotda

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Home decorating ideas: Create a mantel masterpiece

Frequently the focal point of a room, the mantel offers endless design possibilities. Whether you adorn yours with flowers, books, framed pictures or other objects d’art, you can change the look of your room easily and effectively by updating your mantel arrangement. So clear away those dusty Christmas cards. It’s a new year, and that means, a new look!

When decorating a mantel, you need not look further than your own home for inspiring home decorating ideas. That framed picture you’ve been meaning to hang but couldn’t find the right place? Lean it against the wall and surround it with candles. Mantelpieces look best when you mix height and texture in an interesting way. It’s all about the composition.

Avoid the mistake of valuing symmetry above all other aspects of design. Perfectly centered mantel décor works great for some design looks, but there are a lot of great off-center looks as well. For example, you can create interest with a slightly off-center collection of picture frames. Or put a few antiquarian books together with bookends on one end and a collection of candles of different heights on the other with a clock in the middle. The possibilities are literally endless! Continue reading Home decorating ideas: Create a mantel masterpiece