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Using celebrity homes as a source of design inspiration can require some creative thinking. After all, it’s almost impossible to replicate exactly what some stars have in their homes. Luckily, there are ways to take ideas from extravagant star abodes and make them work in your own home on a smaller scale. Here are some of the hottest trends from celebrity homes you can try yourself:
Celebrate Your Personal Style
Everyone has their own idea of what makes home truly their own. Some celebrities have taken this concept to a whole new level and created iconic interiors completely unafraid to emphasize what they love most. One easy way to do this is with a favorite color. If you have a specific color you love, don’t be afraid to use it in your decor. You can start small with accent pieces like throw pillows, rugs and wall art or go completely monochrome and match your furniture, curtains and more. As long as you don’t allow the features and furniture of a room to completely disappear in a sea of a single color you can make a truly personal space you’re excited to be in.
Love the Outdoors
Celebrity homes can provide incredible inspiration when it comes to outdoor living spaces. You can achieve some of the same luxury without the Hollywood price tag, too. Try adding curtains or retractable shades to a covered patio for privacy and ambiance. Cozy cushions on outdoor furniture and an outdoor rug will boost the comfort and style of the whole space and make it somewhere you want to spend time. If it’s safe to do so, setting up a small fire pit surrounded by inviting chairs can create a luxurious but accessible spot to enjoy the fresh air. For smaller spaces you can achieve a glamorous look with soft lighting and a plush throw blanket to ward off a chill.
If you don’t have any outdoor space to decorate, don’t worry—you can still use this trend to your advantage. Emphasizing your windows to bring in the light and the view from outside can do wonders for an interior space. Use hanging plants as decor to bring nature inside and create a boho-chic vibe. Use botanical motifs and soothing, natural colors to let the sun shine in.
Layer & Combine for Comfort
Another hot style trend currently found in celebrity homes is layering textures and materials. Think overlapping rugs or table cloths. If you stick to the same color palette while mixing patterns and textures and still keep the room feeling upscale but not stuffy. Use wall art of different sizes and an eclectic mix of lighting and you’ll achieve an atmosphere that’s relaxed but refined all at once.
If you find yourself feeling envious of celebrities for their home design, don’t forget that you can do a lot of the same things for less. What’s even better is that you’ll be doing it for yourself and create a space you can truly be proud of.
For a long time, artificial plants have been the best option for those who love the look of plants but not the work. Some more modern fake plants are stunningly realistic and even feel like real leaves when you touch them. However, as always, they are still best for aesthetics, especially if you’re lacking optimal growing environments or time to care for real versions. In interior design, hanging plants with trailing vines has become a very popular trend. Using ivy and other types of vine plants as wall art is especially easy with artificial plants and can look just as lush.
Here are some ideas for ways to decorate using artificial vines and foliage:
Ivy Wall Panels & Garlands
The aesthetic appeal of an ivy-covered wall has been a favorite among outdoor designers and gardeners for ages. More contemporary designers have also begun bringing this concept indoors by making use of the faux ivy garlands commonly used in wedding and other event decorating and professional photography. There is a wide variety of styles to choose from, both as full flat fence panels and garlands of long hanging vines. Both options are incredibly versatile and will allow you to cover an entire wall in lush, realistic ivy with no more effort than it takes to hang a painting.
Individual Hanging Baskets
Another option for indulging in the hanging vines trend is with artificial plants in hanging planters. There are many types of imitation plants available in different styles, from ivy to ferns and everything in between. When hanging baskets of an artificial trailing plant, you get the added design freedom of choosing the method of hanger and style of container. Since the plants aren’t real, they won’t have the same size or depth requirements and might also be far more lightweight. You can use the trendy but classic macrame plant hangers or go with something more formal like wrought-iron brackets. Arrange a collection of hanging faux plants at different heights to create a dynamic and eye-catching wall design that looks just like the real thing.
“Climbing” Vines on a Trellis
Similar to the vine panels mentioned above, pre-build trellises are another popular way to add a large dose of artificial greenery all at once. Some trellises come with vines or ivy already woven in, but for a DIY approach you can purchase any normal trellis and attach the fake vines yourself. Depending on the trellis material, there are multiple ways to attach the vines, including hot glue, staples, clear hooks or simply by weaving the long strands in and out of the trellis pattern. You can cover an entire wall this way or set up several smaller trellises as accent pieces. An additional benefit of using trellises is that you aren’t limited to just the wall as a decorating space. You can create partitions for privacy or just for style by securing them to a free-standing base.
The days of waxy and obviously fake plants are long over. While some lower-quality options may still look fake up close, most artificial plants on the market today look surprisingly real. Not only do they make an excellent aesthetic option for those who can’t have real plants, they make it much easier to decorate in a variety of creative ways. There’s no watering or sunlight required—just an occasional dusting is all you need for a gorgeous and lush indoor garden wall.
Rustic design is frequently mixed with other interior design styles, but is an entire style on its own as well. While it might be easy to point out the rustic parts of other designs, narrowing down what “rustic” truly means can be difficult. Here we will go over the key elements of rustic design so you have a better understanding of the term and how to apply it to your own home decorating.
Here are the important features in rustic design:
Rustic design favors actual wood over artificial alternatives. Wide-planked wooden floors, barn doors and exposed beams are all key elements you’ll find in rustic inspired spaces. Wood pieces that are weathered or slightly distressed are a great choice, as the style celebrates the gritty and imperfect aspect of the material. Going for wood with obvious grain, knots and other unique markings and imperfections will get you on the right track to rustic design.
Another key aspect of rustic decor is the focus on handmade and reclaimed pieces. A rustic design interior should have major furnishings that are unique and maybe a little rough around the edges. If you love to DIY, you’ll love exploring this aspect of rustic style. Obviously, not everything has to be handmade, but the more focus you can put on the handmade aspect of your style the better. Using reclaimed materials is a great way to further enhance the aesthetic, especially if you go the DIY route.
Rustic style pieces are heavy. Tables and seating will have large, thick legs and broad silhouettes. The furnishings themselves may be literally quite heavy as well, especially if made from solid wood. For fabrics and softer aspects of the style, you can still find a lot of weight. Common materials include wool, dark leather and jute. Go for sturdy fabrics and anything else that evokes a strong yet low-profile feel.
The more texture you have in a rustic design space, the better. Unfinished wood with knots and grains is essential. You might also want to include other textured pieces like jute rugs or distressed leather. Raw stone and brick make great choices for features like fireplaces and kitchen accents. As long as you avoid anything especially smooth or shiny you’ll be within the realm of rustic style.
Wooden beams are an iconic aspect of rustic design. This goes both for interior and exterior aesthetics. Think vaulted ceilings with exposed beams that evoke the same feeling as a barn or lodge. Even if your ceilings are low or flat, decorative beams that give the appearance of being structural are a pure rustic charm. Regardless of the architectural style of your home, if you have any exposed beams you’re already on your way to rustic design.
While these are the basic tenets of the rustic design style, there are no rules. Mixing in contrasting materials like glass, polished metallics and softer textiles will still work in a rustic space. Use these tips as broad guidelines and let your creativity determine how to make this style work for you.
Your living room is one of the most used rooms of the house. It’s where the family gathers and company comes to chat. If the furniture in your living room is not arranged comfortably, then you may not enjoy the space as much as you should. Heed the tips below in order to get the furniture in the living room is arranged for comfort and practicality.
See How Conversations Will Play Out
You want your living room to be a place where face-to-face conversation actually thrives. Even in the age of the smartphone, people still like a certain kind of connection with one another. Make sure that food and drinks will be in easy reach and that the seating is arranged in a way that allows everyone to be involved with a conversation.
Use Dividing Factors
If you have a large living room, you’ll need to divide the space with either a room separation apparatus or a piece of furniture. Using furniture actually keeps the room cozy and free from feeling stuffy. If the living room bleeds into another room with an open floor plan, this becomes especially important. Use a sofa, and allow it to face away from the dining area in order to divide the conversation spaces and keep your home’s interior design flowing.
Use A Focal Point
Most living rooms have a TV or a fireplace, or both. You can keep both on the same wall, or create separate spaces for both activities in order to have some division in the room. There are many different strategies that can be used in order to keep both the fireplace and the television in the same space without making a dizzying focal point.
Think Outside The Box
By arranging your furniture at a diagonal, or different angle than simple straight lines, you’ll be able to give your living room some flavor. First, set the sofa and the coffee table, then create the rest of the space around these establishing angles. This will make the room feel bigger and give it a sense of symmetry with flavor.
Matching Furniture Gives Flow
By getting matching sofas, chairs, and side tables, you’ll be able to create a sense of symmetry in the room. The way you arrange the furniture ultimately depends on your needs and tastes, but you’ll have a few anchoring pieces to work with that will allow you to make the living room your canvas and your furniture your subjects. Have fun playing with the layout and design of the room. There’s really no right or wrong answers, just simply what will make you happy and what looks good in the space.
You are nearing the end of a building project when your general contractor reminds you that it will soon be time to finalize your lighting, fixtures and appliances. You have been looking and saving different ideas for months, so it seems it should be easy to make your final decisions right? Here are a few ways to solidify your new accessories.
What Is Your Style?
It’s not uncommon to find yourself liking a variety of styles; however, it’s usually best to find a style that is most appealing to you and carry that style/theme throughout your home.
Did your last home have gold fixtures and now the trend seems to be silver or brushed bronze? Don't let the past define your future style. Be open-minded as you explore what new styles you might find yourself drawn to, and solidify the one that speaks most to your tastes.
Online research can be very helpful. Is your style Old World, Traditional, Contemporary or cottage charm? With many styles to consider, you might feel a little overwhelmed. But before you know it, you’ll discover a style that brings a smile to your face. If Traditional is your choice, all you need to do is search key terms such as "traditional style kitchens," "traditional bathrooms" or even "traditional style landscaping," and you’ll be shocked at all the options you have to choose from.
Before moving ahead too quickly, remember your overall budget. Do you have a particular refrigerator or stove you were hoping to have, but it does not fall into your budget? You may want to prioritize the appliances that you’ve been hoping for and scale back on a few stylistic choices.
Now that the research is complete and you know the style and appliances you are you want, it’ll be fairly simple to pick your various items. The general contractor will provide you with an online or local home improvement store in which to choose each item, along with sizing and itemized cost parameters.
Cherry on Top
Once all your necessary items are set in place, you can add the finishing touches as you incorporate color and texture. Furniture, pillows and other decor such as family photos and art will add the needed warmth and personality to turn your house into a home.
Not sure where to start? Ask your real estate agent for the names of reliable decorating and interior design professionals in your area.