My Sophomore year here at college, I moved into my first apartment with my best friends. We were all so excited and very eager to decorate and figure everything out. We all had different things we wanted to bring to the table, and by table I mean our small 3 bedroom, 2 bathroom apartment that somehow had to comfortably fit 5 girls. Thankfully for all of us, most of us 5 girls had the same decorating habits and tastes. BUT the one thing I firmly said could not enter our apartment was a tapestry. For anyone that doesn’t know what a tapestry is, it’s a big cloth that hangs from a wall that’s usually decorative and has different patterns and colors. I did not like that look at all at the time. For some reason I associated it with a lazily decorated space. I felt that it was an easy way out of taking the time to decide what looks best and what can be on the walls. My roommates kindly agreed that no tapestries would be hung in our common areas, and that was very nice of them, since looking back, I think we really missed out!
It’s safe to say that my opinions on tapestries have changed… I now look at every tapestry I come across! We even have one in our living room in our house. I now think they’re a great addition to any room. they are a great way to add color, and fill that wall you don’t know what to do with! If you don’t have one (most college kids do) I would recommend getting one. It doesn’t go with my room because I already had enough decor on my walls once I realized I was a big fan of the wall filling tapestries. But if I had room for one, I would.
Go get yourself one! Urban Outfitters is always a great place to find a cool color scheme or an awesome design. If you don’t want to spend too much money, check out amazon, too!
If you’re like me, you love living with roommates. You’re never not around your friends and they know you well enough to know what you need to make sure you’re happy, and vice versa. That’s the beautiful thing about living with your friends! But, everyone has their own individual styles and decorating ideas. Everyone comes from different homes that were decorated and organized differently.
This can mean that you don’t always see eye to eye in terms of how you should decorate, and holidays definitely can highlight any kind of different pages you might be on. Just try to remember that this is normal, and it is not a big deal. Remember to compromise, but get your point and wants across in a respectful manner. It is important to be heard but it is also very important to listen!
Fall has arrived and it is going to take over your life, including your living space. Typically, people associate fall with being very comfy and cozy. They associate burnt oranges, browns and maroons with this time of year, so that is what I suggest you do for your living spaces!
Of course with fall comes Halloween, and although I love decorating for the holidays, I try not to go overboard on the spooky decor and focus more on the fall, leaves changing theme. I find it to be timeless and often a good way to avoid any tacky overdecorating. The place that my house is decorated most is in the kitchen, because that is where we spend the most time throughout our days.
In my kitchen currently, we have a lot of fake, undecorated pumpkins that are a nice orange color. We have a lot of towels with orange and brown leaves on them and a lot of maroon and orange and browns. That’s what Fall is for!
I suggest looking up different color schemes for some inspiration, but I find that this time of year, all the inspiration you need is right in your front yard. Look at the color schemes outside and the different colors on the leaves. Nature knows best!
If you’re like me, you try to envision a piece of furniture in the space you’re designing before you purchase it. I think it’s safe to say that most of us do this. Well, sometimes that doesn’t go as planned. Sometimes the piece is too big or too small. Sometimes it just doesn’t look like how we planned it at all, and instead looks like we blindly picked the piece and put it anywhere. Well, Ikea has a new app for that problem. I haven’t personally tried the app yet because I have not had to purchase any new furniture recently, but I would be more than open to trying it when that time comes around again.
The premise of the app is that it tells you whether a piece of furniture would look good in a room by showing it to you. You have to take a picture of the room you want to decorate, then you can pick from their store selection and see what looks good. It will help you determine whether it will fit or not, match or not, or really add to the room.
There have been some mixed reviews, and you do have to pay for the app eventually to do some of the bigger features.
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