Five Not-So-Necessary Necessities

So you had to leave behind a lavish or at least a decent lifestyle and settle for a small space. Of course, you had to sacrifice the king-sized bed and the giant sofa set but shifting in a smaller space gives you the opportunity to assess what you really need.

Recently, when I was changing my apartment I went through this dilemma because I knew I won’t be able to manage my stuff in the new apartment. My new apartment had less storage space. So, however tough it was, I had to do away with some stuff. I later realized that these necessities were not so necessary for me.

Here’s a list of things that can be sacrificed to save some space:

A large trash can

You might think that it is very important for you but a real big trash can or a laundry bag is not so necessary. Trust me doing away with it is the best decision you will ever make. Apart from saving some space, it will also help you avoid the unwanted smell or sight of trash and dirty clothes.

Your TV and music system

If you can’t sleep without watching TV or listening to music then it is a different case but if you are a rare TV viewer, like me then you can do away with it entirely. For those rare cases, your laptop can serve the purpose really well.

A dining table

A friend of mine recently sold her dining table that she bought after hunting a dozen stores. The reason being she has never used it except for throwing stuff on it. So think if you are the kind of person who likes to keep his/her meals specifically on the dining table, or would you like to have them on the couch. If you are the second one, then it is time to bid farewell to that dining table.

The giant couch

We understand that it is the most comfortable corner in your home but you have to decide if you really need it. This also depends on the purpose of your couch. If you are using it just to sit and watch TV or read a book then a comfortable wing chair can also work well.

The coffee table

At the risk of sounding awkward, a living room without a coffee table can also work well. All you have to do is to strategically place one or two side tables.

This is how you can save some space. Let us know in the comments what are your not-so-necessary necessities.

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Make your Outdoor Space Feel Like Home

How about having one more room in your home which can act like an evening or weekend getaway? Sounds amazing right! Well, utilizing your outdoor space becomes particularly more important when you call a small space as your home.

These outdoor spaces can be particularly used as a dining room, reading corner or relaxation space. Aren’t you always cribbing about not having enough space for these areas in your home? If yes, then follow these simple ideas and make that balcony, backyard or terrace feel like an extension of your home.

Define your outdoor room

Before you hit the road to shop for the decor, ask yourself what will be the purpose of this room? Whether you want to use it as a dining room or living room? Do you want it to be a space where you can relax under the sun or would you want to use for your morning cup of coffee? In short, define the purpose of the room.

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Uncover the problems

Every outdoor space comes with some issues like too much of sun light, lack of privacy or an ugly view. Try to find solutions to these problems and fix them first. There might be a possibility that your outdoor space doesn’t allow much change. In such a scenario, plants can do wonders if you know how to use them to your advantage.

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Use attractive lighting

Attractive lighting has the capability to completely transform your outdoor patio. It can work wonders if you are looking at creating a small party area in the outdoor space.

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Layer your furniture

Your outdoor room isn’t different from the indoor space. Just like your indoor rooms adding layers to the outdoor furniture can add colour and comfort to the space. For instance, adding the right cushions to your outdoor benches will ultimately make you want to sit on them. Keep on adding the layers gradually. Don’t think about making it right in the first time. Take your time!

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Add natural touches and soft furnishings

Never ignore the fact that your outdoor room is actually outside, so make sure to add the natural touch to your decor. Try to add baskets of flowers, containers and planters to your plan. Both, plants and soft furnishings add tenderness to the hard edges you might have outside. It is important to choose the right fabrics while choosing your outdoor furnishing. They require a lot of care and attention as they are exposed to changes in temperature, dirt and other unwanted things which might spoil their look.

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Do try these easy steps and tell us in the comments how you changed the look of your outdoor space.

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Dare your Design in These 4 Spots

Like shoes and red wine, most of the things have to be tried before you know whether you like them or not. The same thing goes with design. Isn’t it a lot of risk and expensive to paint your whole room red without knowing whether it will suit your style. Well, in that case here are some low risk spots where you can dare your design ideas.

Bathroom

We think it is the best spot for testing your design ideas because the area is small and you spend little time here. So, even if your experiment doesn’t work out still it won’t hurt your eyes or pocket.

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Closet

You are a lover of patterns and prints but you aren’t sure of how it will look on yor walls then dare your design idea in the closet first. If you like to look at it even after a while then you can consider it to be a safe bet.

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Guest room

This is certainly not your favourite room and you don’t have to stay here for longer hours. It would be okay to let your guests sleep with your daring design ideas. 😉

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Room with windows

A room with lots of windows can also be a good spot in your home to test your design ideas. This is because natural light calms the eyes. Also, lots of windows mean that the wall space is less and hence you have to invest less on your experiment. Not to mention that if your daring design idea backfires, then there is less of it to hate.

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These spots can be used like a temporary tattoo. If you like the experiment even after a while then you can always get a permanent one etched. 🙂

Share with us how do you experiment with design and what is your secret to testing the crazy design ideas you have.

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Resolve your Design Dilemma

Design has just one rule of thumb but it has no rule of thumb. Probably, that is the reason that most of us are never able to decide which is the best design. What looks perfect to me might not even appeal to you. And hence, every now and then we are surrounded by some or the other design dilemma.

Here is a list of some of the most common design dilemmas and the most stylish and easiest ways to resolve them:

Design Dilemma 1: How to strike balance with the artwork on the wall?

We all have faced the ‘too-small-for-a-wall-collage’ and ‘too-big-for-a-single-painting’ conundrum. If you have such a spot in your home, lets say above the sofa or the bed which is too small for a collage of art and too big for a solo painting then lift it up by adding some accessories to either side of the painting. This will not look cluttered at all and will also give some heft to the wall. You are such a pro at it 😉

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Design Dilemma 2: No room for furniture

This is the dilemma we all have faced irrespective of the size of our home. We all have that piece of furniture which is now old but can neither be thrown nor be kept in our homes. Though you can do a thousand things with your furniture like paint it, sand it, toss it but  just a simple trick of disguising them can be as impactful. Just cover them with a new linen or a bold pattern and your room has a new look. The foot of your bed is another space where you keep the furniture (a bench or a desk) you love.

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Design Dilemma 3: No storage for extra seating

You always want to comfortably seat your guests, you also have enough furniture but unfortunately you don’t have the floor space to place those extra chairs always. Ever considered hanging them from the walls or using them as a part of your home decor? Well, looks cool in this picture we spotted on Entrance via Domaine. Design Dilemma Resolved!

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Design Dilemma 4: The too-much-colour and no-colour conundrum

One of the common dilemmas is the colour conundrum. Even if you have decided the right colour for your home, you can never decide how much colour is enough. While sometimes you feel that you have gone overboard with accessories and colours, then at other times you feel that it isn’t enough. So if you are facing the ‘too-much colour’ problem then go for a white wall. And if the problem is to add more colour and you can’t paint the walls then add colour to your home decor.

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These are some of the most common design dilemmas we come across in our daily lives. Let us know if you are facing some issues in designing your home and we would love to help. That is what we are for! 🙂

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5 Ways to Revive your Bedroom in 30 Minutes

Your bedroom is the most important part of your home because that is where you spend a major part of your day. Unfortunately, your bedroom is also the room that is always taken for granted and gets the least attention. *High five* I am no different! But, I have also realised that your bedroom actually doesn’t need much investment of time and money, a few minutes here and there and you are set to roll.

Here are some tips to add some more awesomeness to this awesome space in your home:

Manage your stuff

If only we could do away with that chair that has become our closet, our bedroom would have looked better. Keep your clothes in the closet and witness the difference for yourself. It will take less than 15 minutes and will change thee complete look of your bedroom.

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Clean the unseen spaces

Sometimes it is a good idea to rotate your furniture and clean the space. There are many forgotten spots in your bedroom that aren’t cleaned regularly. Try to identify and clean them. This will perk up your room immediately.

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Add some art

Art is not meant only for the guest room, your bedroom is also equally deserving. Try this out and you will feel the positive energy around.

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Make your bed

Believe it or not, but making your bed makes hell lot of difference. You might not get the time to do it regularly but this is undoubtedly the fastest way to revive your bedroom. Since your bed accounts for the maximum area in your bedroom, therefore when you arrange it the whole room looks well managed.

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Light up your bedroom

Now this can be as costly and time taking as you would want it to be. The only secret is to have enough light in the room which makes it look bright and soothing.

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These are some of the tricks that refresh your bedroom without investing much time. Let us know how you make it look energetic in the comments.

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Perk Up your Home with Some Colour

Most of the times when we think about the perfect colours for our home, we limit ourselves to only the walls. It is a fact that nothing perks up your home like some pops of colour in unexpected places. Colour adds depth and interest to your home and thus adding colour to unexpected corners will keep your senses moving around your home.

Here are some ideas which might require some effort and time but will surely add a tinge of excitement along with colour:

Colour those exposed ducts

Exposed ducts can really make your home look ‘ugly’ to say the least. A pop of some bright colour can covert these ducts into design statements.

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Style your staircase

Add a pop of colour to the kick plates of your staircase and witness the change for yourself. Doesn’t it look cool?

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Paint the trims

You must have seen a coloured room with white trim, but have you tried a white room with a bright coloured trim. It will give your home a sassy look.

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Add colour to the furniture

If your room has a neutral tone then you can try adding colour to the chairs of the dining room. Or try the opposite and leave the room neutral and add a coloured table.

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Paint the shelves

Painting the drawers and bookshelves can be a little hectic but it is worth the effort. A colourful storage space will inspire you to keep your stuff under control because you would want to always have a glimpse of the gorgeous hues.

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These are some ideas which can help you quickly perk up your home. Just choose the right colours and see the difference.

Tell us what is your secret to a gorgeously colourful home in the comments. Till then Happy Hues!

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Bring Those Flowers In! It’s Spring

It is spring time and what is spring without flowers. While, we understand that not all of us are lucky enough to have a garden of our dreams yet we also know that a little effort can help you enjoy the season.

When you can’t go outside, bring the feel in your homes. Here we have covered some different ways of decorating your home with flowers. Flowers are both elegant and exquisite and give your home a refreshing look. Not to forget the aroma!

So what are you waiting for? Bring your favourite flowers in your home today and experience the differnce.

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For You Love Your Clutter

After having written articles like Compact Study Space in a Tiny Apartment and Stash in Style: Bedroom Storage Solutions, I feel a little out of place because I have never been able to implement any of these tricks in my life. At the risk of being called a hypocrite, I admit that I love clutter around me. While people with a minimalist sense of decor really fascinate me, yet I know that I can never be one of them because that ‘good clutter’ created by a pile of books on my table makes me feel at home.

Good Clutter is a look that means leaving out interesting things around your house.

So, if you are one of those who have a collection of collections and if it has been difficult for you to get rid of things that have now become keepsakes, then here’s some inspiration:

Hooked to Books

I understand the frustration when somebody asks you to arrange that pile of books. ‘Wait! It is not just a pile of books, they are my companions and they have all the rights to live with me because that is how I like it.’ However, you wanted to tell this to your mom as a child, you could never 😉 Well, the best option is to arrange these books in ‘good clutter’.

 

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Just Enough Clutter in your Dining Room

Well, if your dining room has been often termed as a junk shop giving you obvious boils then you can get inspired by the image below. This dining room seems just cluttered enough and comes across as an antique store. Well, I won’t mind having one in my house. The only cost is a little more dusting 😉

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To minimise or NOT to minimise

I prefer not to. Some casual objects strewn here and there make me feel at home.

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Hope these inspirations help you strike the right balance between good and bad clutter. They might not make your flat pristine but they will certainly help make it look less chaotic. Now you don’t need to try unnecessarily hard to make your apartment look perfect if you are happy with the cozy imperfections.

Don’t forget to share with us how you love your clutter and mange it by balancing the fluff in your little nest.

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Flowers, Lights & Everyting Nice for your Baby Balcony

Spring is knocking at your doors! Are you prepared enough to welcome it with open arms. It is time that you enjoy some fresh air and soak in some sun. Don’t worry if you don’t have a terrace garden or a lavish backyard, there is a lot that you can do in your tiny balcony.

Here are some tips that can help you make the most of your balcony because the last thing you would want to miss is the  awesome weather outside:

Hang out in your balcony

If there is anything better than hanging out with your friends then it is to hang out with yourself. Hang a hammock in your balcony and forget the world’s chaos as you begin to float in the air.

 

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Create a Landscape

We understand you might not have enough floor area to grow your favourite plants. Use railing planters or vertical planters to save space and for a stylish look.

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Add tea lights & lanterns

As balconies have no dearth of natural and city lights, try to create a different aroma by using tea lights and lanterns. Hang these through the balcony railings and roof. Mason jars make beautiful lanterns. You can also decorate your balcony with these DIY lamps.

 

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Tea lights and lanterns for your balcony

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Set up a barbeque

A barbeque is no longer a privilege for people with larger rooftops. You can have one in your tiny balcony. Now there are grills which can be hanged from the handrails. Thus, you can easily avoid a boring balcony without a barbeque or a bite-sized balcony with a large barbeque. Here are some tips to set up a barbeque.

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Don’t let the super spring leave without enjoying it to the core. We are sure with these small changes in your balcony, you’ll be able to maximise your experience of the outside world. Let us know how have you done your balcony in the comments below.

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Compact Study Space in a Tiny Apartment

Finding a productive study space in a tiny apartment can be a challenge. A study space is one of the first things to get stuck off when there is a space crunch. But, if a study is a necessity for you then these tips can help you in setting up a space efficient study:

Study in bedroom

You can include a study in your bedroom. A small compact study table is affordable and easy to maintain. You can opt for colourful wall hanging shelves and give the room a more funky look. You can also use table and chair which can be folded for better utilisation of space.

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Study table in a bookshelf

A pull out foldable study table in a bookshelf can be very space efficient. Use contrasting colours of tables and bookshelves.

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Window side study space

This is another amazing way to create a study without wasting any space. A wooden ledge along a window can serve as a super space saver study table. This study space will always have  ample natural light and thus this can be a happy space. Use the walls to create storage.

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Study space in an unused corner

Almost everyone of our homes has that one corner which hasn’t been ever used. This corner can probably be used a productive study. A simple table and chair are enough to transform this dark and dingy corner of your apartment into a lively and productive study space.

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These are some tips to create a compact study space in a small apartment. A study space becomes more important because it enhances your productivity. While for some it might be an occupational necessity, for others it might just be a place to reboot themselves.

Share with us how have you created an awesome study space in your apartment.

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