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 tips: Make the most of a small living room

For many, the living room is the first room guests see when they enter a house, so it is important to make a great first impression. It’s easy to get carried away with grandiose decorating ideas, but if your living room is small, you should decorate accordingly. So how does one make the most of a small space in one of the most important rooms of a house? Here are five easy home decorating tips for maximizing the wow factor in your humbly-sized living room.

Tip #1: Get Clutter off the Floor

Floating shelves are a great way to maximize a small room, because they allow you to store items without taking up any floor space. In addition, they are a trendy, attractive way to show off your most prized bric-a-brac, which gives your living room a sense of personal style.

Tip #2: Keep it Light and Bright

Nothing makes a room seem smaller than dark colors on the wall. On the other hand, choosing white, light pastels and neutral shades can open a space up visually. And remember, you can always add flair with pops of color (think throw pillows). Continue reading Home decorating tips: Make the most of a small living room