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Zen Interiors: Shifting to a More Balanced Life – Starting with Your Home!
A Zen inspired interior conjures up an image of a harmonious and peaceful space, one that invites relaxation and unwinding from a busy day. Clean and airy rooms with soft light, natural finishings, textures and decorations come to mind. Today, few would argue that life can get rather hectic at times, so it is no surprise that versatile variations of Zen home interiors are so popular.
As with any decorating style, while there is always room for creative self-expression, following certain techniques will help you achieve the desired Zen look.
Zen is often associated with minimalist style. Minimalism strives to only show the essential qualities of things without excessive decorations and overwhelming color combinations. The preference is given to simple natural materials, basic geometric forms and toned-down colors.
Try to keep your design free of clutter and only introduce one or two accent pieces that fit with the overall concept. These steps will help create a sense of peace and calmness expected of a Zen inspired space.
Accent on Nature
When it comes to choosing interior finishings, using natural materials such as wood, bamboo, stone and natural fabrics is a great way to bring nature into your home. Use earthy colors like soft hues of green, pink and grey, beige and white.
Placing plants inside a room is not only visually calming but will bring more oxygen into your home. Soft textures of upholstery fabrics, rugs and throw pillows will effectively add to the relaxed atmosphere.
Try experimenting with natural scents to engage your senses. They may come in the forms of essential oils, candles, sprays or incenses. Different scents are suited for different purposes and many have healing, calming or invigorating qualities
Nature is fascinating in the way it constantly evolves. Zen inspired interiors use asymmetry as a symbol of the process of life. It is believed to help nurture one’s imagination and creativity, whereas uniformity of design is considered a sign of stagnation. Thus, placing your furniture and décor pieces asymmetrically will create a sense of movement and change.
When your decorating process is over, don’t forget the fundamental requirement for achieving your Zen – living fully and authentically in the present moment and joyfully accepting each day with gratitude. Decorated in Zen style, your home can be your daily inspiration to live a more balanced and fulfilling life.
Polka dots are one of those classic patterns that can seem timeless yet trendy at the same time, so it’s no surprise that they are experiencing a significant comeback for Spring 2014. In the world of fashion design, polka dots popped up all over the Spring/Summer runways this year. Fresh and eye-catching, polka dots appeared in bright colors, ranging from tiny dots to large spots. Depending on how polka dots are designed, they can appear young and fresh or sleek and sophisticated.
Polka Dots at Home
With polka dots making such a splash in the world of fashion design, it makes sense that interior design has followed suit and embraced polka dots as well. Polka dots are showing up as a part of all of the latest home décor lines. As with clothing, polka dots can lend a touch of sophistication or youthful freshness, depending on the styling and design. Black and white polka dots are particularly popular, as they add a graphic, modern feel to a room.
There are plenty of places throughout your home where you can introduce polka dots and work this trend into your interior design. Consider adding the following elements to your home décor:
• A polka dot bedspread. In the bedroom, make a graphic statement by switching to a colorful, dotted comforter. If that’s too much of a statement for your taste, try a bedspread with spotted details or allow polka dot sheets to peek out from underneath a solid comforter.
• Spotted wallpaper. For the uber-trendy, polka dot wallpaper is irresistible. Dotted wallpaper makes a room seem chic and glamorous.
• Dotted throw pillows. One of the easiest ways to incorporate polka dots into your home décor is to buy a few spotted throw pillows. For instance, Pillow Décor’s cream multicolor dots decorative pillow would make a stylish addition to any living room.
Once you get started with this trend, it’s hard to stop! How will you introduce polka dots to your interior design?
Don’t Let Your Bedroom Décor Put You To Sleep: How To Transform Your Boring Bedroom
Your bedroom should be a tranquil place where you can relax at the end of a stressful day. Still, the décor does not have to be dull in order for it to be calming and comfortable. Let’s look at a few different ways to transform your bedroom space into one that you can enjoy with a few simple steps.
Mix and Match
Colors, patterns, you name it. If your room is too dull for words, then it’s time to spice it up. Many people are afraid of mixing multiple patterns, but lots of patterns in a room can actually be quite harmonious! The trick, of course, is to keep the hues similar between individual patterns.
Bright colors can be great as accents if your room is mostly white or neutral. They don’t have to overwhelm a room, either – if you keep the walls and bedding white, then any colorful touch will pop on its own, whether it’s a rug, bookshelf, or throw pillow.
Find Fabrics You Love
One great way to jump start the redecorating process is to inspire yourself with fabric patterns that you love, and work from there. If you revolve your new room around a theme, it will feel like a space you can come home to and relax in.
Accessories don’t have to overwhelm a room. The right combination of furniture and accessories can even be the only things you use to do your décor overhaul – don’t forget that accessories can totally change the whole look and feel of a space. Consider graphic pillow accents with additions like these Alhambra Handprint Indigo throw pillows to round out your room and add an individual flair to your entire space, even if you prefer to keep the majority of the space swathed in neutral colors or tones.
Ring in with Bling: Decorating with Metallics
As we settle into 2014, readers may be wondering what some of the hottest trends in decorating might be for the brand new year. One of the most prominent trends in 2014 is the use of metallic colors for decoration. Here are some ways to incorporate metallics into your living space.
Keep It Simple
Metallics can be wonderfully glamorous, but, as always, try not to go overboard. This is because a room with too many reflective surfaces can feel gaudy rather than trendy. As such, creating the right balance is important. First and foremost, make sure the metallics you choose are smaller and not too close together – think accents rather than large pieces of furniture. You can use items such as candles or candle holders, vases, or photo frames for a chic and subtle incorporation of metallic shades. Don’t worry too much about mixing metallics – if silver and gold both strike your fancy, you can definitely use both in a way that is tasteful as long as you retain an overall simple feel of your space.
Light Colors and Natural Light
Metallics can be overwhelming sometimes, which is why it’s important to use lighter colors and natural light to offset the effect. Pastels, neutrals, and natural tones are great choices for the primary color of a room, and you may even find that metallics will enhance the natural light in a room (as in the way a mirror might).
One excellent way to add metallic accents to a space is to use throw pillows. Metallics against matte colors or the aforementioned neutrals can definitely pop. Consider a throw pillow that has a neutral base with metallic accents, such as the Metallic Birds Blue Haze Throw Pillow from Pillow Décor. The wonderfully glamorous look of metallic accents simply can’t be beat, especially when paired with soft and luxurious fabrics.
Tired of plastic lawn Santas and the same icicle lights you see on the outside of every home during the holidays? You are definitely not alone. Consider some of these holiday decor trends to change things up. It doesn’t mean you have to give up tradition – just give it a little nudge in a new direction and see what family and friends think. You can always bring back the plastic Santa next year!
Hanging Lights and Decorations
If you usually restrict hanging decorations to the Christmas tree, you may be looking for somewhere else for those Shiny Brites to go. Have you considered hanging your sparkly baubles and snowflakes from your overhead lights to make them really shimmer and shine?
If you have kids, or even if you have young relatives visiting you this holiday season, maybe it’s time to change up your usual red and green. Brightly colored decorations and stockings hanging on the mantel can do wonders and add whimsy to your overall holiday décor.
Chic Color Schemes
Of course, bright colors and whimsical decorations may not be your cup of tea for the holidays. You can definitely achieve a wintry wonderland feeling with simple neutral colors with accents of gold lighting for a more subtle, chic take on decorating.
Holiday Themed Pillows
Maybe what you really want to do is swap out some of your usual decorations for holiday ones. Do you have those special pillows for this time of year yet? Consider adding elegant holiday pillows to your collection, like these Tuscany Linen Metallic throw pillows. These pillows add a beautiful silver sheen accent to your home and will reflect the brightness of your Christmas lighting. Pillows like these are especially wonderful if you want a festive pillow that you can use year round.
Of course, you may want pillows with more holiday-specific decorations, which is where pillows like this Holly Berry Pillow come into play. These pillows will fit so nicely into your warm and welcoming decoration scheme, you’ll be sad to put them away when the holidays are over.
We love the way so many homes transform during the holidays. As the temperature dips, most of us turn up the heat inside. The usual suspects for changing the color and mood of your home for the holidays are crackling fires, twinkle lights, candles, vases, flowers, table linens, iconic imagery, and holiday tree ornaments. It’s no surprise that one of our favorite ways to warm up, spice up, or otherwise reflect the season is to add twinkle, texture and color with throw pillows. They are relatively inexpensive, abundant in colors and styles, and the covers can be folded into tiny little envelopes to be stored for the rest of the year. The inserts can be redressed and stay on the sofa where they belong.
We’ve chosen some of our favorite pillows, so easily adapted to reflect the holidays.
Add some twinkle and shine with these metallic, 100% linen pillows:
Use luxurious faux fur or Mongolian sheepskin pillows to add warmth and texture:
Choose an accent color(s) to complement the rest of your holiday décor:
Or, if you aren’t in the mood to change things up completely, just add some sparkle or faux fur to your every day throw pillows and watch them take on a seasonal ambiance. Enjoy the season!
The New Year is right around the corner and with it comes a lot of excitement about the new 2014 Decorating Trends. At Pillow Decor we have always maintained that for the vast majority of people, personal style will always trump the latest styles. We believe that that you should be true to yourself, and that you should not let the consumer machine bully you into making changes that just aren’t right for you. Remember our last blog about finding your personal decorating style?
However, there are plenty of times when a new decorating trend might really resonate with you. Perhaps its a new twist on something old and familiar, or a whole new aesthetic that cries out to you, telling you that it is time to shed your old skin and reinvent yourself. Or maybe you are at a new stage in your life, building a new home, renovating, or downsizing.
Whatever your reasons, it is always fun to look ahead at the trends that are coming down the road. So here is a list of the prime 2014 decorating trends as predicted by some of the the leading home decorating authorities. It will be interesting to see how they take shape over the coming months.
Five 2014 Decorating Trends
Art Is In
Whether the piece is traditional or abstract, 2014 is the year of art—and the bigger the better. Many homes will make art a focal point of the room. Want to incorporate this art trend throughout your home? Look for pillows that are inspired by an art piece you love.
See You Later Plain Jane!
Luxurious velvets and silks will replace plain fabrics in 2014. By incorporating a silky bedspread or velvet pillows into your home’s décor, it will create an elegant flare throughout your living space.
Many furniture companies are releasing new collections that are embodying organic forms and pure lines. This trend promotes comfort with functionality, so look for simple accessories with a modernistic feel. The Waverly Groovy Grille Licorice throw pairs nicely with ergonomic furniture.
It’s All About the Fur
Furs and skins are making their way back into homes, which creates a cozy and inviting look. Are you ready to embrace this craze? Look for pillows made of sheepskins or other animal-inspired furs.
Many designers are incorporating gold accents into their lines. You will see tablemats, cushions, pillows, and other accessories adorned with this lavish color. Try a metallic gold pillow on your couch for some added elegance, like the Gold With Brown Baroque Pattern throw.
Contemporary, modern, traditional or eclectic? Do you know what your decorating style is. Get a grip on your personal decorating style before you go shopping!
Many people struggle to find their personal decorating style, which makes décor shopping overwhelming and frustrating. You want everything to be seamlessly integrated, comfortable yet on trend, and hopefully unique to you and your lifestyle… a difficult task if you don’t know what you’re looking for. As a first step to pinpointing your unique style, let’s uncover some of the main décor and design genres.
Different Home Decorating Styles
Contemporary: This décor style is sophisticated but comfortable, featuring clean lines mixed with smooth, round surfaces. Contemporary color palettes generally focus on neutral tones like beige, white, and tan, often with accents of bold color. Décor elements include light woods, metallic or reflective accents in chrome, steel or glass, and natural, textured fabrics. This style promotes ease, simplicity, and functionality. One of our favorite contemporary pillows is the Contemporary Dark Taupe Leaf throw.
Modern: This décor style is for individuals who love both luxury and comfort. It mixes ornate patterns with furniture that is typically modeled after 18th century English, British Colonial revival, 19th Century neoclassical and French country. Think symmetrical arrangements, rich color schemes and bronze or gold accents. Traditional homes often include peach, red, tan, and green tones, a variety of trim, tassels and fringe, and heavier, luxurious textiles such as velvet and chenille. The Waverly Groovy Grille Licorice throw looks great in any modern room; pair it with a dramatic accent pillow to make your sofa pop.
Traditional: This décor style is for individuals who love both luxury and comfort. It mixes ornate patterns with furniture that is typically modeled after 18th century English, British Colonial revival, 19th Century neoclassical and French country. Think symmetrical arrangements, rich color schemes and bronze or gold accents. Traditional homes often include peach, red, tan, and green tones, a variety of trim, tassels and fringe, and heavier, luxurious textiles such as velvet and chenille. Traditional lovers should check out our Traditional Floral decorative pillow in wine.
Eclectic: Don’t be afraid to mix styles if it suits your aesthetic. Just remember that eclectic décor is not cluttered; rather it is a purposeful, mixing of styles with the goal of producing a cohesive, unified design scheme. To avoid design chaos, pay attention to scale, play up contrasts (pairing the ornate with simple and clean, or bold patterns with solids), balance the mix of different styles so that they appear to be evenly represented, mix your accessories (but don’t use too many) and use color to tie everything together. Done right, this style can produce a look that is entirely unique. We love the following pillows for their aesthetically pleasing audacity!
How to Find Your Own Decorating Style
While keeping these styles in mind, it’s time to walk around your house and look at its contents with a critical eye. Make a list that includes things you love and things you wish you could replace. Spend some time purging things that you don’t love and that don’t have any sentimental value. What are the elements that unite your home and which items do you love? Is there a theme in furniture, textiles, colors, or accessories?
Go-to Stores? Where do you shop and what are you drawn to in those stores? This will tell you a lot about your style. Do you prefer stores with a singular, strong design aesthetic like Restoration Hardware or West Elm, or do you find yourself seeking stores with an eclectic mix of items and styles?
How do you dress your walls? Art is very personal – can you tell your design style from your art choices? Oil paintings suggest a preference for the traditional, while a tendency towards landscape watercolors might indicate contemporary leanings. Or perhaps you would prefer to fill you walls with sophisticated black and white photos?
How do you dress yourself? Look at your wardrobe and see the themes. Do you love color and pretty, feminine silhouettes, or do you tend toward neutrals and classics? This will help you determine your overall style, which likely translates to your favored home décor genre.
What do you like to do? If you have strong interests and hobbies, incorporate them into your design through art, wall hangings, photographs, throw pillows, books, and accessories. Your home should be an expression of you and your life, or the lives of those you love.
Where do you like to go? Where do you go when you travel and where do you like to stay? Incorporate items you have brought back from your travels or use what you have seen or where you have stayed as inspiration for your own home. Travel is easily incorporated through art, textiles, accessories and color.
Imagine your dream home. Room by room, envision what your dream home would look like and look for a common thread. Start a file or pinboard of designs you like and don’t hesitate to use your friends’ homes as a source of inspiration. Whether your inspiration comes from design, colors, shapes, materials, or just an overall vibe—this will help you pinpoint your personal style. Match your style with one of the genres and start searching for similar items to enhance your home. Remember that your style is an expression of what makes you happy, what inspires you, where you live, how you live, where you’ve been and where you want to go. Have fun!
Check out these great DIY pumpkin decorating ideas!
Looking forward to the spookiest time of year? We are! We’ve combed the Internet to compile a list of our favorite chic DIY Halloween decorations using pumpkins. It’s proof that you can do more than just carve pumpkins to celebrate the season. If you’ve got pumpkin decorating ideas that you’d like to share, leave a comment…we’d love to see what you’ve come up with.
What an ingenious way to use a pumpkin! Thanks to the creative folks at Martha Stewart for this ‘cool’ idea.
Add drama to your entrance way without carving a single pumpkin. We love the dramatic effect that this simple idea creates. We owe this one to Good Housekeeping.
For decidedly sophisticated Halloween décor, this lacy pumpkin idea from Better Homes and Gardens, is the prettiest and most feminine we’ve seen.
Twinkling pumpkin lanterns would make a beautiful and fun centerpiece for any Halloween party you plan to throw. According to House and Home, it’s easy to achieve with a power drill.
The sky’s the limit with this idea from Country Living. Muted and striped or bright and polka-dotted, these patterned pumpkins can be painted to fit any décor.
Gilded pumpkins are always an eye-catcher, and they’re easy to create. According to Real Simple, a can of metallic spray paint is pretty much all you need.
The ultimate pumpkin decoration for those who don’t want to commit! This chalkboard pumpkin, courtesy of Real Simple, let’s you change your design whenever you please.
Want easy, modern style at home? Try the ‘60s inspired color blocking design trend that is as groovy in fashion as it is for home décor. It’s an easy way to give your home a modern, sophisticated look.
What is color blocking?
As popular on the runway as it is on retail store racks, color blocking is a trend that makes a bold statement. Fearless fashionistas have adapted the trend for hair, make-up and even manicures. Men’s fashions sport color blocking elements, too. It’s also used in modern architecture. But no matter where you see it, the bottom line is this: To do it well, you have to commit 100%. When it comes to color blocking, go bold or go home.
Color blocking was the product of minimalist artists during the 1960s Pop Art era. In art, it is the representation of bright colors in solid, repeated blocks. In home décor, it’s layering different single-colored items over one another.
Five ways color blocking your home
Paint the walls.
You can use your walls as your backdrop for color blocking if you paint them crisp white. Or make your walls part of your blocking by painting just three of your walls white and adding a great hue on your fourth wall.
Accessories are a simple and not-too-committal way to add bold colors. Try a solid-color throw or rug, and mix it up with throw pillows in different solid shades. Or put together a selection of solid-colored vases, books, and knick-knacks on white shelves.
One of the great things about color blocking is that you can easily recreate the look on a canvas without being any great artist. Buy a white canvas from your local art supply store, use painter’s tape to create your blocking design and roll on the hues of your choice. Once the paint is dry, peel off the tape, and you’ve got an original to hang on your wall. Or you can bypass the taping altogether, and paint several smaller canvases, each in a different solid color. Hang them in a lined-up row or group to instantly add a modern flair to any room.
Color blocking via your furniture is a more expensive way to get the look, but the results can be breathtaking. We love how inviting this space looks:
Look up and down
Add color to your ceiling with a great single-colored shade for your dining room light fixture. If you’re feeling adventurous and you have a floor that can be painted, think about changing the shade beneath your feet.
Have you used color blocking in your home? Send us photos and let us share your color blocking success story! Email: email@example.com
Whether you like a few or a lot, pillows can make your bed look as good as it feels, night after night!
Neat and Simple
If you like orderly style, stack a couple of uniformly sized pillows at the head of the bed. Inviting, but not overwhelming.
Luxurious Bed Pillows
You want your bed to look and feel ultra-luxurious. Stand differently sized (feel free to throw in rolled pillows with square ones), and patterned pillows up in three rows in front of your headboard. Fluff each one up, and give each that ol’ karate chop in the top centre for that extra touch.
Carefree bed Pillows
If your style leans more towards the less structured, this look is easy to achieve. Just toss and enjoy!
Don’t underestimate the statement that black and white can make in your home décor. This dynamic color duo can be simple and chic or stylishly over the top. We love how easy these home accessories can help you achieve a black-and-white theme.
This geometric wallpaper is graphic and ultramod. We found “Reflection” at Graham Brown (www.grahambrown.com). Bold patterned wall papers are becoming popular again. They are better than ever, easier to apply and more durable.
If you are thinking about a graphic wall paper like the one above, complement it with other accents that are clean, simple and more subtly patterned. For example, an inexpensive black fabric-shaded square lamp (www.ikea.com) like this one adds a soft glow to your room. This will work perfectly in a black and white theme.
Not sure about plastering up a bold black and white wall paper? There are other options. This indoor/outdoor grommet drape (www.potterybarn.com) makes a great accent when hung against neutral walls in tandem with smaller black-and-white accessories. Just as you might only wall paper a single wall, hanging a drape like this over a single window or doorway may be enough to punch up your black and white theme.
Finally, decorating with black and white doesn’t have to be entirely black and white. If you find black and white too stark, look for accents that combine classic black with softer off-white or cream tones. You get the beauty of clean contrasting lines plus the flexibility to work with your off-white accessories. Have you ever noticed how pure white throw pillows on an off-white sofa will make the sofa look dirty. Pillows like these wildly bold zebra print throw pillows from Pillow Decor (www.pillowdecor.com) can solve that problem. This black and off-white zebra pattern pillow will work beautifully on that cream or off-white sofa.
Share Your Black and White Decor Photos
If you are loving your black and white decor, share a photo of how you are making this dynamic duo work for you! Please email your photos to us at firstname.lastname@example.org. If we use your photo online we will send you a $50 Pillow Decor gift certificate!
Office design doesn’t have to be boring. We recently had fun looking for great examples of pillows in the workplace. Here are some of our favorite examples of outstanding office interiors. While some people might think that a pillow in the office might promote napping on the job, the opposite seems to be true; great office interiors can boost productivity at any corporation. Maybe these ideas will inspire you to initiate a little redecorating at your workplace!
Pocket Change in San Francisco
Keeping a neutral taupe, gray and white background, the gathering areas at this office get their personality from bright and bold yellow and black accents. We also love the giant chalk wall. What a great way to promote creativity among your employees.
Bring the outdoors in
Google, in Zurich, Switzerland
You wouldn’t expect much less from Google’s office design. How many office spaces can boast indoor birch tree trunks? We love the way this office has brought the great outdoors in with cowhide-patterned throw pillows inside the green hives (where worker bees must gather) and flowery fabric-covered ottomans.
Tying it all together
Green is the hot hue in home décor this fall. Varying from lime to dark moss, this color can add style to any room.
Want to incorporate green in your home? If you’re feeling adventurous, paint a wall in your favorite shade. But if you’re not up for that kind of commitment, do what we love doing: play with accents instead.
Or go for a trio of cushions in varying shades and patterns for a tied-together look:
Your Green Stuff
Sleuth your closets for green accessories that you can group together to create impact. Take books with green in the covers and in a stack or group different green bottles and vases together for an eclectic centerpiece.
Under an exclusive license agreement with the Museum of Vancouver (MOV), we have been making a unique series of decorative pillows for their MOV Retail Collection. This image is taken directly from one of the bus scrolls that were once used on Vancouver’s electric trolley buses in the early 1950s. At the time, bus drivers used a hand crank to rotate the information on the scroll to indicate along which route the bus was traveling.