Blast from the past: Mid-century modern home decorating ideas

If you’re looking for inspired home decorating ideas, perhaps you should take a glimpse into the past. These magazine scans from the ’50s and early ’60s showcase the vibrant colors, sleek lines and energetic atmosphere of the times.  So if you are thinking of going mid-century in your décor, you may want to use these amazing photos to get your creative juices flowing.

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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

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