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6 Ways to Make Your Home Feel Brighter Now

make your home feel brighter this spring

Some simple changes will make your home feel brighter immediately. Image: Tatum Brown

Spring is in full bloom! It’s a time of late sunsets and warm breezes, but you don’t need to step outside to soak up the season. Make your home feel brighter right now, and you can enjoy the freshness of the season indoors.

While “spring cleaning” is pretty standard, “spring redecorating” might sound like a whole different beast, but it can make all the difference in your home. Your redecorating doesn’t need to be major. With these six easy changes, you can make your home feel brighter and invite the spring season in.

make your home feel brighter with lighting

Recessed lighting replicates natural lighting. Image: Echelon Custom Homes

1. Start with the basics: light sources

You’re ready to make your home feel brighter, and you can probably guess the best place to start. Lighting makes a world of difference. The more natural light you can bring into your home this spring, the better, but, where natural light falls short, think through how you fill in the gaps.

The higher a light is hung, the more it’s able to simulate natural light. Recessed lighting is a huge help in adding brightness. You don’t have to limit that light to your ceilings, either. Build recessed lighting into cabinets to add even more warmth.

make your home brighter with window coverings

Light curtains hung high on the wall maximizes natural light. Image: Parkyn Design

2. Minimize your window coverings

Window coverings can trap much of the light you want to bring into your home. On the contrary, light-colored, lightweight curtains hung high will make your windows feel open and airy.

If you normally have heavy or dark curtains hanging, consider swapping them out seasonally. This relatively easy change makes your home feel refreshed and ready for the warm months ahead.

make your home feel brighter outdoors

Expand your living space to the outdoors. Image: Grandin Road

3. Explore outdoor living

Don’t limit yourself to the walls of your home. If you have outdoor space, use it. Setting out a few chairs where you can relax and enjoy the balmy spring evenings expands your living space to the outdoors, where you’ll find an abundance of brightness. You get extra points if you can set up your outdoor living area near an indoor one. Leaving the door open between the spaces connects the two, bringing that fresh feeling of the outdoors in.

Here are a handful of more ways you can help your home simulate the outdoors this spring.

make your home feel brighter with mirrors

Hanging mirrors reflect natural light, brightening the room. Image: Pegasus Builders

4. Hang mirrors to make your home feel brighter 

When you think about brightening your home, you think about adding light, right? Wouldn’t it be great if you could take the light you already have shining inside, and multiply it? There is: mirrors. Strategically place mirror art near windows and doors, where natural light is already abundant. The light will bounce off the mirror and into your home.

make your home feel brighter with furniture legs

Adding legs to furniture brings airiness to a room. Image: Lisa Petrole

5. Elevate your furniture

Heavy, squat furniture doesn’t do you any favors when you’re trying to make your home feel airier. You don’t have to buy a whole new set of furniture, either. You can add new legs to couches and dressers, lifting them off the ground to add more breathing room around your furniture. Swap out clunky desk, coffee table, and dining table legs for something that can carry the weight of your furniture without adding visual weight to the room, like hairpin legs.

make your home feel brighter with plants

Plants add vibrancy to any room. Image: Kim Rodger Design

6. Decorate with plants

Spring is a season for new life. You want to make your home feel brighter to carry some of that newness of spring into your living spaces. What better way to do that than by actually bringing living things into your home? Decorating with plants adds vibrancy to any room. A simple orchid on the dining table or a small tree in the corner can be enough to make a room feel alive and energized.

Spring is here, bringing a perfect time to refresh and energize your home. Use these tips to make each room in your house feel bright and airy.

Have a favorite tip for bringing spring indoors? Leave a comment and let us know!

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4 Ways to Bring the Outdoors Inside, Without the Mess

If you like the outdoors, it’s natural to want to bring some of that beauty inside. However, Pinterest boards often suggest adding real branches and pinecones to your home decor in order to bring the outdoors inside — a potentially messy affair, and hard to accomplish if you live in an urban area.

Luckily, there are plenty of ways to bring the outdoors inside without rooting around and disrupting nature. From faux plants to nature-inspired art to a refined color palette, we’ll cover the top ways to make your space a celebration of nature.

Large plants add a natural accent to any room. Image: Thomas Towne Reavey

1. Potted plants

Potted plants are a mainstay in home decorating, and for good reason: They’re incredibly accessible design concepts in terms of bringing the outside in.

When it comes to adding plants to a room, you have a few options. For starters, you can opt for a design like in the photo above, where one large tree adds a natural accent all on its own. It’s less mess and less stress, since you’re only caring for one plant.

The other option is to go for smaller plants throughout the home. If you’re looking to cut back on mess, try succulents, which require less soil than many other plants.

The most low-maintenance option, of course, is faux plants. Faux plants risk looking cheap, but many home goods stores stock plants that look as natural as the real thing.

A tapestry with a forest scene instantly brings the outdoors inside. Image: VSP Interiors

2. Wall art

It’s also possible to bring the outdoors inside without incorporating any outdoors items at all; large wall art with a nature theme gets the job done as well. You have many options for natural wall art:

  • Tapestries that depict nature scenes, like in the photo above
  • Large-scale, high-definition photography that captures scenes like waterfalls, hiking trails and fields — you can even get these images printed on a tapestry
  • Realistic art that captures items from nature, like starfish, leaves, seashells or flowers
  • Shadow boxes that contain pre-curated items from nature, like preserved leaves
  • Smaller photo collections full of nature art, like photos of animals, seasonal changes, streams or close-ups of plant life

By using one of the ideas above, or even a combination of a few, you’ll have a visual representation of the natural world without having to water plants or disrupt nature trails.

Stonework walls are a powerful way to bring the outdoors inside. Image: Collins Dupont Design Group

3. Natural building materials

If you’re looking for that excuse to do some remodeling, you can also take a look at natural building materials like naturally cut stone or knotted wood.

Naturally cut stone looks great in mosaic backsplashes and accent walls. Natural woodgrain textures work well for flooring, accent walls and even pieces of furniture. For a more classic choice, marble’s swirling designs add a nice texture to countertops or flooring.

All of these options can help bring the outdoors inside by allowing you to feature natural elements in prominent areas of your home.

Green works wonders at giving a room a natural vibe. Image: Vendome

4. A nature-themed color scheme

If you’re looking for a natural theme in your home, don’t forget to work with your color scheme. The photo above shows just how well a bright spring-green wall combines with natural art to create an outdoorsy vibe.

When choosing your color scheme, go for greens and earthy tones that make use of brown shades. Green isn’t your thing? Try an open sky feel with bright blues and white, or opt for oceanic tones like teal and aqua.

If it’s an option, incorporate these tones by repainting walls; if not, bring them out in art and furniture.

Embracing natural elements in your home may feel intimidating, but it doesn’t have to be. With these four tips, your home can capture that outdoor essence without all the mess. How have you brought the outdoors into your home? Let us know in the comments.

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Designing City Themed Bedrooms: Inspiration From 3 Hotel Suites

Falling in love with a city can happen on far flung holidays or right on home ground. Is it possible to translate an exciting city vibe into an interior space? Is it feasible to design a master bedroom that conveys the city you’re passionate about without it becoming over themed or childish? The designer of these three city themed bedrooms proves it can be done. Visualised by Ivan Jakovlev, these three hotel suites also include kitchen and dining spaces that follow on from bedrooms with themes of Paris, Geneva and Amsterdam. All achieved without the presence of a single picture postcard or souvenir snow globe in sight.

City breaks are full sightseeing and soaking up the style of the city you’re adventuring through. This Parisian themed suite honours the hero piece of the French capital city right off the bat with an Eiffel Tower silhouette applied at the centre of a towering wooden headboard. The large question mark above could represent popping the big question, which is done by scores of lovebirds up at the top every year.

Pendant lights over the bedside tables echo the triangular silhouette of the Eiffel tower. The herringbone pattern beneath the motif is reminiscent of the body of water that resides by the landmark, and also of the towers structure itself. The herringbone pattern is repeated on other volumes around the room and draws another Parisian landmark to mind, the pyramid Louvre with its black framed glass.

In life, the Eiffel tower stands in a hue chosen to complement the Parisian sky, a bronze colour known as ‘Eiffel Tower Brown’. In this bedroom decor, silky Parisian blue bed covers are strewn across a sumptuous bronze brown bed.

The metalwork bedroom pendant light is another reminder of the engineering and art that make up the Parisian landmark. Metal grey herringbone pattern covers the bedroom floor, meeting with water-like veined marble tile.

A fleur de lis wall decal marks the doorway. This classically stylised lily is of course widely used as a decorative design but many Catholic saints of France, especially St. Joseph, are depicted with a lily.

The bedroom pendant lights by the bed are Tall Beat pendants. Another Tom Dixon style pendant hangs over a comfortable armchair as a chic reading light.

On the other side of a skyscraping bookcase, a small dining area is styled like a bijou Parisian cafe, with illustrations of cafe au lait, baguettes and croissants embellishing the walls. The neat black dining pendant light is the Beat Fat style pendant by Tom Dixon again.

A small kitchen flanks the eating spot.

A vibrant yellow backsplash and countertop is matched by a single chair cushion and the wire legs of the dining table.

A tall mirror helps the tiny kitchen diner feel more spacious.

Next we travel to beautiful Geneva. Faux deer head decor may be all the rage but here we celebrate the Swiss cow and her role in the traditional Alpine ascent and descent of the cattle.

The headboard feature wall is made up of a series of wooden panels interspersed with cowhide pattern and slate grey. A simplified Alpine tree outline adorns the largest board high above the bed.

LED strip lights run up the edges of the headboard panels. A twinkly modern chandelier adds to the cosy glow.

The soft suede bed ties in with the rich brown cowhide.

The Swiss cross is a massive trend in interiors right now, used as a bold print over cushion covers and throws. Here the Swiss cross is given prominent placement over the door and high above a dressing table.

Another cow reference is made on the television wall, with a bull motif.

A brown suede bedroom accent chair matches the bed.

In this hotel bedroom suite, the kitchen and mini dining area run right off the sleeping area. The yellow accent kitchen space features another cow themed wall decal, which humorously promotes ‘Milk’ by the food prep area.

Next we’re whisked to the land of windmills in this interior interpretation of Amsterdam. A modern adaptation of one of Holland’s historical windmills spreads its sails on a wooden headboard wall. A set of wooden wooden house shapes on the windowsill match the natural grain.

The blue colourways of the bed, bedcovers and bedroom armchair link with the smooth canal waters of Amsterdam.

A number of planters are dotted around the room, on the sills, bedside tables and bookcase. The greenery is reminiscent of the tree lined streets of the Dutch city.

The red flex ceiling light provides a little twist on Amsterdam’s famous ‘red light’ district.

Yellow accents bring in the sunshine.

Bicycle culture seems almost part of the Dutch DNA; the streets of Amsterdam are flooded with cyclists heading to work and ferrying kids to school, and up to 15,000 bicycles are retrieved from the canals each year! With this in mind, the Dutch’s favourite mode of transport has been made a prominent part of this city themed decor, with bicycle wall decals resting at two of the bedroom walls. A streetlight wall decal adds to the city vista, and yellow frames represent the windows along the streets of Amsterdam.

Typographical wall art states “You + Me + Coffee = Happy!” in a nod to the famous and numerous Amsterdammer ‘coffee shops’ that tourists from all over the world ‘weed’ out in order to experience an extra specially ‘happy trip’!

Recommended Reading: 50 Travel-Themed Home Decor Accessories To Affirm Your Wanderlust

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30 Gorgeous Green Living Rooms And Tips For Accessorizing Them

Whether it’s a green accent wall or a few seafoam green throw pillows, adding a pop of green has the power to completely transform any living room. If you want a more dramatic feel, be sure to indulge in colors like dark moss and emerald green. Looking for a little tranquility? Paint your walls in softer hue like mint. And for those looking to make a big impact, there is always the tried and true lime green. If you’re not quite sure which color best suits you, we’ve got you covered. Keep scrolling to see our hand picked collection of the best green living rooms by designers and visualizers around the globe.

Visualizer: Fürjes  

The green walls in this modern living room are beautifully offset by a white entertainment console and accent chairs. Combining green and white is a great way to obtain a fresh and energizing design aesthetic.

Source: Herman Miller Japan  

The unusual combo of the dark moss green walls and coral accent couch make this room a contemporary haven. The pink modern sofa not only adds visual interest to this room, but it also ensures that the red accent pillows and rug don’t give a dreaded Christmas feel.

Source: Dulux  

Large windows that allow lots of natural light make sure that this room isn’t overwhelmed by it’s dark green hue. Try pairing rusty orange with a sage green to achieve a similar tribal vibe.

Visualizer: Martina Di Gangi  

Kelly green and wood accent pieces make this room feel fresh, yet rustic. Combining green pieces like the luxurious couch, ottoman coffee table, and wood side console is a great way to bring the feel of nature indoors and the perfect combo to give a living room a fresh aesthetic.

Designer: Chic Home Interiors  

A natural feel is highlighted in this living room with the use of nature wall art, large windows and a unique ceiling fan. The addition of orange accent pillows add just the right pop of color to offset the green walls.

Designer: Alisberg Parker  

The oversized accent rug, floor to ceiling art work, and a marble fireplace grant the luxurious feel in this bespoke living room. With the olive green walls being the only bold color in this room, it just goes to show that you don’t need a crazy color palette to pull off a good living room design.

Orange and green is the perfect combo for those looking to make a statement. Take a note from this living room’s design and add a contrasting hue to the backboard of a bookshelf. It’s a great way to not only highlight wall shelves, but this design technique can also be used to add some color to free standing bookshelves as well.

A bold green and gray pairing might just be what your living room needs. Rememeber that little changes in your space can have a big impact. Try a floor lamp to add some softer lighting for a cozier feel or if you want to add a functional statement piece, you could always try a unique coffee table.

This Asian inspired living room design strikes the perfect balance of tranquility and elegance. If you love the look, be sure to check out modern asian inspired design for more inspiration and ideas.

Designer: Karenza Jewell  

Proof that small living rooms can be both stylish and functional. The bright pop of lime green found in the ottomans, throw pillows, and vases throughout this modern living room play amazingly well off of the geometric blue couch cushions and wood accents. The combo of a bright color paired with wood is a wonderful way to help create an inviting and fun space.

A high gloss, textured green accent wall pairs perfectly with the large windows in this contemporary living room. The addition of green makes what would be an otherwise monochromatic room feel vibrant and welcoming.

Source: Love Your Home  

An accent piece like this fabulous chaise longue is a great way to add the luxurious feel of moss green to a room, without getting your hands dirty with paint. This chair is pictured in velvet grass, but it is also available in a multitude of other colors and fabrics.

Designer: Maria Stepanova, Olga Khovanskaya  

A pink accent wall combines with the adjacent minty hues to create a tranquil vibe in this small living room. To ensure that such a tiny space doesn’t look overly busy, curtains have been used to hide any clutter on bookshelves that might make the room feel overcrowded.

Visualizer: Artem Korolev  

Dark and dramatic, the pink overhead lighting, the dark green couch and a designer table lamp enhance the powerful aesthetic of this living room. Of course, the two lion heads mounted on the wall don’t hurt either.

Photographer: Scott Basile  

If a mid century living room what you are after, green can play a key factor. The lime green accent wall in this design is beautifully offset with dark leather accent chairs, a large ottoman, and brown beamed ceilings. One of the pieces we absolutely love in this room is the mid century modern coffee table called the Noguchi table, designed by sculptor Isamu Noguchi.

Designer: Lindsey Ellis Beatty and Rachael Burrow  
Photographer: David A. Land  

A large chevron rug and bold patterned green curtains make this a fun space for entertaining. There is plenty of seating with the plush green couches, white ottomans and sky blue
accent chairs.

Source: Ikea  

The off white rug in this living room charmingly contrasts against the medium green wall and mint green couch cushions to create this cozy haven. With the addition of a matching floor and table lamp, it is the perfect place to snuggle up with a blanket and read a book or catch up on your favorite TV shows.

Designer: Seattle Staged To Sell  

White always runs the risk of feeling sterile and impersonal, but not in this living room. A sage green accent wall, wooden tables, orange throw pillows, and the high pile rug in this room strike the perfect balance of calm and stylish.

Visualizer: Igor Sirotov  

This open-concept living room is simple, yet brimming with style. The flat screen TV is highlighted with a green backdrop and built-in cabinets. These cabinets are a great place to stash DVDs, gaming systems, and any other items that might visually clutter the room. By decluttering your living room, you can make room for fun accent pieces like the trio of decorative vases pictured in this design.

Visualizer: Ngoc Nguyen  

Flow is essential for good design, especially in open-concept spaces, and color can help you achieve that goal. Here we see the same seafoam green on the living room accent wall be carried to the dining area and displayed on two of the chairs. The continuation of color is essential to tie this space together. Note that the a clean, bright white and modern gray have also been used in both rooms.

Designer: The Design House  

In this living room, green has not only been incorporated through the paint color and accent pillows, but also through the plants on the wall shelves. This long and narrow room benefits from the mirrors above the couch as well. Not only are they stylish, but they help the space look wider.

In this living room, the plants not only tie in the green accent chair, but they also soften the look of the concrete wall. Love houseplants, but not sure what you should get? Be sure to checkout the indoor house plant post we featured a while back where we discuss some beautiful, yet easy to maintain plants.

Designer: Oksana Dolgopiatova  

Small, yet stylish and regal, this cozy space greatly benefits from not only the large impact of framing the window in a bold turquoise, but the smaller details as well, like the assortment of throw pillows and green vases. See more photo of this fabulous living room <a href="" target="

Visualizer: Tuan Anh Le  

Sleek, stylish, and modern are just a few of the words that came to mind when we saw this amazing living room. When working with such a small space, every detail counts, which is why we adore the green accent wall and matching bookcase, not to mention the gorgeous art prints by Tuan Anh Le. These nature inspired art prints are available here.

Visualizer: Mario Maleš  

This funky living room has a bit of a retro vibe with it’s Sputnik Chandelier, tile floor and low furniture. Bright colors have been thoughtfully utilized in this space with the illuminated green side wall and sunshine yellow artwork. Visualizer, Mario Maleš, knows that you don’t necessarily need to use a lot of color, you just need to use it well.

Visualizer: Cartelle Design  

This elegant Scandinavian style room is a small, but mighty space. Although most people wouldn’t think to put a love seat in the breakfast nook, this design makes it work by tying in the green cabinets with the color of the couch. See more of this home here

Visualizer: Francesco Naimoli  

Color blocking an accent wall in your living room can have a big impact. Not only is it modern and stylish, but it can create some much needed contrast. The sage green color on the wall allows the white leather couch to become a statement piece in this room. The similar colored vases and tables that match the modern chandelier are also key to making this design work.

Visualizer: Sunlay Design  

A large wall terrarium draws the eye to the back of this wondrous living room. Although such an extravagant project may not be in your budget, a large nature painting or mural would have a similar effect.

Visualizer: Hatice Unsal  

The combination of the concrete accent wall and greenery make this room feel like an urban jungle. Love the idea of a concrete accent wall? Be sure to check out 30 Striking Bedrooms That Use Concrete Finish Artfully for more ideas and inspiration.

Visualizer: Danial Hassan  

Not many homes are lucky enough to have a full wall backdrop of greenery, but those who are could try framing it in a similar fashion. To get the look, consider using neutrals and let mother nature add the color for you. The soft hues combined with the outside greenery give this space a fresh and revitalizing feel.

1. Geometric pattern rug
2. Green accent vase
3. Fiddle leaf fig
4. Green living room lounge chair
5. Green mid century style sofa
6. Womb accent chair
7. Mint green floor lamp
8. Botanical art prints
9. Green ottoman with storage

Recommended Reading: Two Homes That Celebrate Greenery Indoors

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The Defining a Style Series: What Is Haute Bohemian Design? (It’s Boho Chic’s Classier Cousin)

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Introducing haute bohemian design. Image: DISC Interiors

It seems like everyone has the urge to travel these days. Whether your passport is chock-full of stamps or you simply have a bucket list of future destinations, we have excellent news for you. Now there’s a way for you to incorporate your personal travel philosophy into your interiors. It’s all thanks to this year’s new trend: haute bohemian design.

If you want to hear more about what this style of design has to offer, you’ve come to the right place. This segment of the Defining a Style series is dedicated to exploring what haute bohemian design is, as well looking at how you can recreate it at home. Keep reading to get the full scoop.

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This style is an upscale take on boho chic. Image: Laura U, Inc.

What is haute bohemian design?

This aesthetic is relatively new. First appearing in the last year’s book Haute Bohemians by interior photographer Miguel Flores-Vianna, the term refers to a modern take on what it means to be “bohemian.” In an article in Spaces, he described it as such:

“[M]odern Bohemia is still flourishing, albeit in grander settings than one might expect.

No longer starving hedonists, these so-called haute bohemians are fine artists, collectors, editors, antiques dealers, garden designers and couturiers. They reside in textbook bohemian settings – Paris, Ibiza, Tangier – as well as less predictable locales including Montauk, Berlin, Antwerp and San Rafael in Argentina.

Eschewing garrets, they’ve opted for medieval castles, Cotswold mansions, clifftop villas and high-ceilinged European apartments.”

What does that mean for those of us who may not have the means to call a medieval castle home? Haute bohemian is all about a new take on boho chic. It’s still about channeling your inner world-traveling free spirit, but this time with an upgrade to first class.

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Keep your functional design elements neutral. Image: Julia Sperling Photography

Create a simple base

If you look carefully at haute bohemian designs, you’ll see an interesting dichotomy at play. The surfaces of these designs are full of vibrancy, with more than enough loud patterns and colors to go around. However, things are a bit quieter underneath. Every design starts with a subdued, neutral base that allows the more exciting design elements to shine.

The question then becomes how to determine which design elements stay neutral and which can be more playful. We’ve come up with an easy-to-remember rule to help you sort it out. In haute bohemian designs, the functional parts of your design should remain neutral. The decorative elements should bring a sense of style.

Take the picture above, for example. All of the furniture — including the bed and side tables — is fairly subdued. However, the throw pillows, blankets and accessories are where the design gets interesting.


Opt for more traditional patterns. Image: Mally Skok Design

Add plenty of patterns

Once the base of your design is in place, it’s time to get to the fun part — giving your design personality. The use of patterns is one place where haute bohemian spaces count on a huge infusion of visual interest, as well as a connection to their roots.

In true bohemian style, feel free to mix and match multiple styles. Since this style is globally inspired, consider sourcing patterns native to different locals. However, if you decide to go that route, don’t forget about the importance of including a few unifying threads. Consider sticking to a similar color palette in order to make sure your design stays cohesive.


Choose carefully curated artistic pieces. Image: A+B KASHA Designs

Curate artistic accessories

This is where haute bohemian design and a more traditional take on boho chic take different paths. Where boho chic spaces relish in the freedom that comes with creating an atmosphere of “anything goes,” haute bohemian looks have more structure. Here, your accessories should be carefully curated to create a purposeful and polished design.

The type of accessories you choose is important, as well. These spaces are all about bringing in art in various formats — painting, sculpture, ceramics, etc. However, beyond that, there’s an emphasis on bringing in pieces with a story behind them, with a personality of their own. Focus on sourcing work that’s unique and speaks to your personality.

When aiming for a curated space, the ability to edit your design is key. Once you believe you have all of your accessories in place, take a step back and get a sense of the space as a whole. Determine if everything feels as though it’s in the right place. If not, don’t be afraid to make tweaks until you’re satisfied with the final product.

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Will you be working haute bohemian design into your décor? Image: HSH Interiors

What do you think of haute bohemian design? Will you be trying out the look in your own interiors? Let us know in the comments.

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