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Ocean Inspired Decor

 

Summertime always makes me think of warm sand and sparkling waves. When it’s hot out, sometimes going down to the beach is the only thing that can cool a person down. Wouldn’t it be nice to bring some of that cool beach atmosphere into your home?

Photo from OneKinDesign.com

Idea # 1 – Texture and Materials

“Beachy” style is really about the materials and different textures that are brought into the space. Anyone can paint a room light blue, but not everyone has the right accessories to make the theme shine. In the picture above, the wood tones and rattan furniture bring warmth to a rather cool space.

Idea # 2 – More than Blue

Even if you don’t like teal, you can still get that beach living look! In the picture above, orange is used in their design. This room still ends up feeling beachy because of the neutral colors in the room and the rattan on the coffee table.

Photo from CoastalLiving.com

Idea # 3 – Go Nautical 

Red and navy blue are other colors that could be used in this kind of design because of their nautical feel. These darker colors also help bring a more masculine feel to the space. Like the design above, you can use mostly neutral fabrics and colors and add pops of your navy and red in the accessories. If you want to go bold, paint a side table bright red!

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Idea # 4 – Patterns

Stripes is a pattern that is very often used in a beachy feeling room. Try neutral sand or bright turquoise stripes on a large piece of furniture (shown above) or on an accent wall to create a large impact.

Photo from WasabiGreen.com

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Idea # 5 – Easiest Way to Add Beachy Style

Switch out some of your throw pillows for some with sea creatures or a chevron pattern on them, like the ones above. Add a few seashells here and there for an easy application of beachy style!

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Enjoy these ideas and enjoy your time spent in your updated, seaside inspired space!

Header photo from ViaMagazine.com

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Is your bedroom lacking pizzazz?  Are you feeling board?  A few changes can always fix that.  Here are some affordable bedroom makeover tips that will uplift and shake up your bedroom for little to nothing.

  1. Organize everything!  Sometimes putting everything in its place is just what a room needs to feel alive again.  Organizing can do wonders and after this step, you may not even feel like you need to do anything else!  When things are cluttered it makes your life feel cluttered too.  It can also make you feel restless and uneasy in your room that is supposed to be for relaxing.  Go through your things and throw away anything you can.  This will make it easier later when you organize the rest.  Then pick out what you want to keep out and what you want stored away.  The things you keep out should be pictures, sentimental items, and other things that you like.  The things you store can be anything you don’t want to see all the time or anything you don’t have room for.  Remember, organizing will cost you little to no money!

 

  1. The main focus of your bedroom is your bed, so switching your sheets, bed spread, or duvet covers to something new and bright would bring a whole new life to your room.  However, you don’t have to always use bright colors to make a statement.  Having stripes or a wild pattern in muted tones would be just as bold.  Another inexpensive way to spruce up your bedroom is to get a few throw pillows that are of bold patterns and prints.  Drapes are another wonderful and inexpensive way to bring color into your room.  This is an area, instead of your bed, where you can bring in a unique pattern.  Ceiling to floor window treatments will also help the room feel taller!
  2. Paint can do wonders when you want a big transformation in your bedroom.  Paint is the ultimate way to set the mood for your room.  If you want your bedroom to be relaxing, a cool blue like (Dunn Edwards #DE5743 Silver Spruce) or (Benjamin Moore #AF-415 Grasshopper) soft green would do the trick.  If you want your room to feel cozy and warm, a mid-tone chocolate or rust will be the right touch to make your bedroom inviting.  You don’t have to go all out with the paint, though.  Another way to have a pop in your room is to paint just an accent wall a different color than the others.  This way if you want a really outrageous color, you won’t overwhelm the room with it.  Ideally your wall of color should be a focal wall for example the wall your bed is on or a wall with a large picture window.  One gallon of paint is usually around $30!
  3. Other ways to create a feeling of a new room is to add embellishments to things that you already own.  Add some beaded fringe to lamp shades or change out your old drawer pulls with new ones that are glass or in a bright color.  These would only be a few dollars each.  Switching your lamp shades for new ones is another great way to add some spice into your space and incorporate.  Remember to be creative with your changes and do something that you love!

 

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For an instant makeover add a throw pillow or two. A unique pillow could be your bold splash of color, and texture to liven up an otherwise basic sofa, bed or chair, both indoors and out. Don’t be afraid to mix and match sizes, patterns and textures as long as they complement the overall color theme of the space and they make you feel good about the design.

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 sofa with pillows  Brought to life with pillows

 – A few large pillows look cleaner than a jumble of smaller ones.

– Mix and match and layer patterns and sizes to give depth to the design as long as they have a common color

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 – Spruce up simple chairs, these pillows tie into the art work above the chairs.

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Anything goes when it comes to selecting fabrics. You can buy beautiful decorative pillows in a myriad of stores and boutiques like Kirkland’s or get creative and make your own. If your handy with a sewing machine try visiting your local upholstery house and ask for scrap fabrics, they will usually sell it for pennies if not give it to you to make your own or recover your old ones.

Live Green – Design Well

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