If your home is lacking a certain excitement in its interiors it could be time to bring out its wild side! While this doesn’t necessarily mean turning your room into a zoo or nature preserve it does mean that animal prints can take make your bland room more exciting. Animal prints have come a long way in interior design. They are now sophisticated looking when used with luxurious materials and paired with fabulous furnishings, rugs and decor. Here are a few ways to add adventure to your interiors with animal prints.
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Neutral colors and patterns coordinate beautifully:
The trick behind mixing patterns is to unite them with color and keep the print small enough to enjoy, but not large enough to disrupt the eye. Mix patterns, solids, and unite them with neutrals to unite the entire space beautifully. If you’re uncomfortable with mixing and matching, purchase pieces one at a time, and grow the room as you see fit. There are no rules, except to exude comfort and welcoming interiors to your guests. Who would have thought animal prints could be so versatile?
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Add color and light to add dimension:
While you may think that color coordination is difficult with animal prints – look to these helpful tips for assistance. Choose your main color throughout your room, and then use animal prints strictly as accents. Throw pillows, accent rugs, and tasteful pops of zebra, leopard, or tiger stripes are perfect for texture and variety. Colorful walls such as yellow, green, blue and even orange are great accent colors to use with your animal print textiles. Remember there are no rules, just whatever makes your interiors feel alive and welcoming.
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If you think your boring interiors need a complete overhaul, think again. Try using these animal print inspiration ideas throughout your living and dining room areas, and even bring it into your home office and bedroom. With varying animal style prints, colors, and textures, you will be surprised what a gorgeous and adventure-filled home you have created.
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When selling your home don’t forget that homebuyers are looking for more than just the adult spaces to connect with, they’re looking at the kids’ rooms as well. Staging a child’s room is important to show how the space can be used and help the homebuyer see the versatility and warmness of the room. Remember, home buying is emotional – so if the buyer can’t envision their children in the space, the deal could be over. Try these staging tricks to show your kids’ rooms in their best light and to encourage homebuyers that will want to buy your home.
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Create the ideal kids’ room:
Let’s be honest, every parent wants to move into a home where their kids will feel instantly at home with beautiful colors, fun toys, made up beds and wonderful light pouring through the windows! While this may not be a snapshot of your regular day-to-day life with your children, give the illusion as if it is. Ensure you declutter your kid’s room first. Stuffed animals, toys and books all need to have a ‘home’. If your child has too much – consider donating, or start packing up some belongings for your next home. Homebuyers like to see plenty of space and in your children’s room there is no exception.
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Create a playroom and study area ideal for kids:
Similarly to adults and their home offices, kids need a place to be able to show their creativity and to study. Depending on the age of your children, stage your home to show off the versatility of their rooms. Ensure there is a study desk area and books and supplies are well organized. Provide plenty of lighting and remember to leave plenty of space to walk around. There is no bigger turn off than a cramped child’s room!
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When selling your home this spring don’t forget about your kids’ room. Homebuyers aren’t just buying for them – they are looking for the entire family. Use these helpful tips to create a staged children’s area that looks fun, safe and welcoming for any future family to move in!
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Freshening your kitchen this spring may not be as complicated as you think. While we all would like to install new appliances and finishes, for many this isn’t realistic right now. So why not add greenery to your kitchen? You would be surprised how living plants can add color to your kitchen and can be used for your cooking too! Herb gardens in the kitchen are becoming more popular, as are topiaries and small plants alongside the kitchen sink and window. If you are trying to freshen your kitchen, look no further, these greenery tips will surely help.
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Add color and texture to your kitchen:
In most of our kitchens the vast amount of hard surfaces is cold and uninviting. Floors, cabinetry, countertops and appliances can create a kitchen that is cold and lifeless. Greenery can bring texture into your kitchen and color. Whether you like fresh flowers, potted plants, or fresh herbs – line them up near a kitchen window for maximum light exposure. Many kitchen manufacturers make trough sinks and accessories to house a flower bud vase or a fresh bunch of herbs in your kitchen island. You will be surprised at the new kitchen trend to incorporate greenery easily and beautifully.
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Perk up your kitchen with fresh smelling herbs:
Who doesn’t love the fresh smell of rosemary, basil and lavender in their homes? Bring the fresh scent to your kitchen and add greenery at the same time. There are many DIY projects that you can make to display and grow herbs in your kitchen. From recycled pallet wood boxes to individual potted herb topiaries you can plant around your kitchen, the options are endless. Determine which herbs you love to use in your cooking and start freshening your kitchen with aromas and visual delight.
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Your spring kitchen could use a boost of color and green plants are the perfect way to do it! Whether you choose fresh blooms, adding your favorite houseplant along your sink side or growing your own herbs, freshen your kitchen with nature.
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We all love a place in our home where we can get away from the world and slip into a relaxing bath or hot shower after a long day. Creating a spa bathroom that looks and feels like nature can be your oasis away from it all. In recent years, home interiors have used outdoor elements such as stones, pebbles, and rocks to create the feeling of bringing the outdoors in. Pebble tile comes in a variety of shapes and sizes and can be used on the floor, walls, and even on the shower floor! Look at these inspiring ways to bring pebble tile into your relaxing spa bathroom.
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Choosing the right pebble tile for your bathroom:
Mother Nature makes stones and pebbles and therefore no two are alike. This is the beauty of pebble tile, because you get the beauty of the textured surface below your feet in the shower or against the wall behind your vanity. Choosing the right one could be a challenge, and remember colors and sizes will vary based on your bathroom design style. Larger pebbles tend to look more rustic and imperfect, while smaller pebbles will give a more refined and sophisticated aesthetic. Visit your local tile showroom to see pebble tile installed in varying colors and with contrasting or complimenting grout colors.
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Pebble tile can be easily installed:
If you’re thinking of adding pebble tile to your bathroom, it is relatively easy to install, similar to ceramic or porcelain tile that is affixed to a net backing. Consult with a tile retailer for the proper do-it -yourself supplies to install vertically on wall or horizontally on a floor. Determine if you want an accent wall made from pebble tile or you’d like to mix and match it with ceramic, porcelain or even mosaics. The options are limitless to create a spa-like atmosphere in your restful bathroom.
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While you may think that creating a spa-like bathroom has to cost you a fortune, think again. Pebble tile can enhance around your bathtub and sink, or it can highlight a key wall in your shower. Natural pebbles look beautiful and will instantly transport you to the relaxing outdoors each time you retreat to your bathroom.
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