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3 Tips to A Patio with Outdoor Throw Pillows

3 TIPS TO A PATIO WITH OUTDOOR THROW PILLOWS

While most people don’t consider “soft” furniture for decorating out of doors, it remains true that cushions and outdoor throw pillows are actually a great way to bring comfort to your porch, patio, or outdoor seating area. Cushions and throw pillows can even do wonders to create a space that feels like an outdoor “room.” Consider these pointers for creating an outdoor seating space that prioritizes comfort and style.

Bright Colors

One of the best ways to make your outdoor seating area more comfortable is to use bright colors. Because of the way that outdoor seating reflects natural light and flashy flowering plants in your garden, you have much more leeway to mix and match colors out of doors than you do inside. For added coordination, consider using some of the colors that you have already used to decorate the interior of your home, creating a feeling of overall harmony both indoors and outdoors.

Get Creative

Colors are not the only way to make outdoor seating areas feel exciting and interesting. Patterns such as zigzags, stripes, polka dots, or even tribal patterns can be great when mixed together, reflecting some of the unique shapes in nature. Consider mirroring the shapes of your trellis with damask seat cushions for a subtle but lovely way to make your outdoor space harmonious. Outdoor throw pillows like the Waverly New Twist Aquarium can add both bright colors and patterns to any outdoor decor.

Outdoor Throw Pillows

Multiple Layers of Outdoor Throw Pillows

You want outdoor furniture to be made of materials that will last, which is why rattan, wicker, and wrought iron are such popular choices. However, with such classically uncomfortable materials, you will need to find new ways to add comfort. By layering outdoor throw pillows with varying shapes and sizes, your patio space will feel customized, luxuriously comfortable, and even downright plush.

Outdoor Throw Pillows

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7 Must Have Patio Accessories

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Summer is just around the corner, which means barbeques, gardening, and all forms of backyard entertainment will soon be underway. Now is the perfect opportunity to prepare your outdoor space for the festivities, so why not do it in style with patio accessories? From throw pillows to potted plants and statues to wind chimes, there are many ways to spruce up your patio in time for summer and make it the place to be for friends and family. Here are some patio accessories to complement the area:

  • Outdoor lighting. Lights can be embedded in stepping stones, mounted to fences or walls, or strung from nearby structures to brighten the path for your family and friends. Floor lamps give the impression of an indoor living space, and hanging lanterns or tabletop candles will brighten the dinner area. For added whimsy, and for use as an insect deterrent as well, consider surrounding your entertaining area with tiki torches.
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  • Decorative water fountains. Gurgling fountains are soothing to the ear and mesmerizing to watch. They are fantastic conversation pieces as well. There are countless options for these garden and patio accessories – such as wall mounted, hanging, tiered, or tabletop fountains.
  • Versatile seating. Patio furniture should be practical and multifunctional. It should withstand the elements with somewhat minimal maintenance and be suitable for a multitude of activities, such as working, relaxing, and dining. Seating should also leave plenty of room in the area for movement.
  • Potted plants. Herb gardens are easy to maintain and nicely accent patio space. Check with the local garden center to find out which plants grow comfortably in your area. Then combine different types in planters to make colorful arrangements. To add to the diversity, use pots in an array of sizes, shapes, colors, and materials.
  • Statues. Birdbaths and cherubs are perhaps the most traditional outdoor pieces. If these are too classical for your style but you’d rather not opt for plastic flamingos and garden gnomes, there are still many tasteful choices available. Gargoyles, fairies, bird houses and feeders, and even garden benches are all beautiful patio accessories that can promote conversation or simply be a peaceful object on which to meditate.
  • Wind chimes. Although wind chimes of any style are aesthetically pleasing, they are quite functional too. They help predict the weather by alerting you to strong winds or changes in wind patterns. They are also an added security measure – because they are so sensitive, they will likely ring and jingle at the slightest disturbance. Wind chimes can even soothe upset children and keep pesky birds at bay.
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  • Pillows. Add comfort and style to your outdoor living space with pillows. They can be themed – floral, for instance – or, as with flower pots, you can display a variety of sizes, shapes, and colors.

Remember to opt for pillows and cushions that are weather-resistant, meaning they should be able to resist fading from exposure to sunlight and repel moisture and mildew. Additionally, they should be easy to wipe clean. For more decorating information, and for an expansive selection of outdoor pillows, visit Pillow Décor today!

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3 Ways of Removing Pet Hair from Your Furniture

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While we love spending time with our pets, there is one major downside to having them indoors: pet hair is everywhere! While it is somewhat easy to sweep hardwood flooring and vacuum the carpet, how do you eliminate hair from your couch? Let’s take a look.

Rubber Glove Method

One of the most widely used and effective ways of removing pet hair from furniture is with a household rubber glove. Simply dampen a rubber glove with water, rub your hand over the surface, and rinse the glove when it is covered in hair. Repeat the process as many times as necessary. The key is to move your hand in circular motions, then up and down and back and forth. Once the hair begins to clump, you know it’s working.

This pup seem to enjoy Pillow Decor's Museum of Vancouver Collection

This pup seem to enjoy our Vintage Bus Scroll Collection

Magical Solution

One easy-to-make, yet somewhat magical solution to removing pet hair, is a mixture of water and fabric softener. Simply combine the two ingredients in a bottle, lightly spray onto the area with hair, and wipe off. It only takes a little bit of the spray, so don’t get overzealous. If you want to combine the two methods mentioned here, use a rubber glove in addition to the spray for best results.

Get to the Root of the Issue

The best solution to ridding your furniture and pillows of pet hair is to avoid the situation all together. No, we aren’t suggesting you get rid of a beloved pet, but we are advising you to brush your pets on a regular basis. Brushing pets two to three days a week will dramatically cut down on the amount they shed and the time you spend removing pet hair from furniture.

At Pillow Décor, we love beautiful, clean homes. Keep your furniture and pillows looking good by trying these three tips to eliminate pet hair.

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Balancing Dark and Light in the Bedroom

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When it’s time to relax, a dark room can prove to be a calming retreat. To create a quiet and restful space, each component of the bedroom must be carefully assessed. Changes to color, lighting, and accessories are all worth considering. Ultimately, delicately balancing dark and light hues can produce a calm, quiet ambiance.

 To get started, consider the following factors:

  •  If the room receives a significant amount of natural light, it is better suited to wall paint in a dark color.
  •  If a bedroom does not enjoy an abundance of sunlight, strategically placed lighting sources of varying brightness can set the mood.
  •  In a room of dark colors, whites will appear especially sharp and crisp. A white bedspread, pillows, wall trim, and lampshades will pop when contrasted with deep navy or chocolate walls.

Balancing dark and light – creating contrast

Reaching the ideal combination of light and dark hues is not merely challenging – it is an adventure. While it is fun to experiment with contrast, many agree that the best way to achieve it is by first painting at least one bedroom wall in a dark color to see if it agrees with your taste. If so, it is then safe to choose furniture, such as dressers, nightstands, chairs, and a headboard that create enough of a contrast, yet provide the cohesive look you desire.

Bird's Nest Black Throw Pillow 20X20

The dynamic Bird’s Nest Pillow is an elegant geometric accent piece for a darker bedroom

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Vintage Seltzer Bottles Pillow adds a beautiful graphic accent to a black and white bedroom

Waverly Fun Floret Licorice 20X20 Throw Pillow

The Waverly Fun Floret pillow is classic with a contemporary twist – perfect for an elegant bedroom

Choosing the bedding and accessories

The next step is to choose bedding. If the room feels heavily weighted on the darker side, contrast with whites and bright lighting. Otherwise, dark bedding and subtle lighting will add the perfect amount of richness and depth.

When these fundamental steps have been accomplished, it is time to accessorize. Curtains, artwork, and throw pillows need careful consideration to maintain balance. For more decorative guidance, and for an impressive variety of pillows to add style and comfort to your new bedroom browse the wide selection of throw pillows Pillow Décor has to offer. There is no shortage of sizes, colors, patterns, or materials to complement your bedroom space.

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Create a powerful visual statement and achieve a harmonious balance of dark and light in your bedroom. Try bringing in the delightfully soft textures of Mongolian Sheepskin pillows or the bold black and white graphics of the Vintage Bus Scroll design.

 

Vintage French Tapestries for Contemporary Decor

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Many people decorating the interiors of their homes opt to shy away from classic French tapestry, believing that such designs are stuffy and outdated. French tapestry designs are making a comeback, however. These designs are occurring in pillows, wall hangings, and more.

A Brief History of French Tapestries

While the term “tapestry” is now used to describe numerous different kinds of textiles, the term has been historically used to designate a weft-faced textile hand-woven on a loom. Tapestries varied enormously in quality throughout the Middle Ages and Renaissance, depending on the skill of the weaver, precision of detail in the weave, and, of course, in the quality of the materials being used.

The purpose of the first tapestries was also varied. They were used to block out drafty weather, divide large rooms into smaller, more intimate spaces, and simply as high quality decorations to relax the feeling of cold medieval stone walls.

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How French Tapestries Are Used Today

Tapestries today serve much the same decorative purpose. Rare, centuries-old tapestries are technical marvels displayed in high-end European homes and museums. They add wonderful depth, warmth, and dimension to a space, and can offset the sometimes stark lines of modern architecture. However, many antique tapestries are enormous, which can require designs to accommodate the tapestries – rather than the other way around.

IMG_2340UK Flag French TapestriesIncorporate Contemporary French Tapestries Into Your Home

Tapestries are beautiful, but because of their size, they often become the focal point of a room. Unless you are actively designing a period room, the result can feel very out of date. If you want to incorporate tapestries into your home, one way to do so is through the use of throw pillows. French tapestry-inspired pillows, such as this garlic flower pillow, are a perfect way to update Renaissance style, creating a fresh, contemporary look. Classic designs such as this Sun King tapestry pillow are also a great option. Tapestries don’t have to look medieval considering a variety of updated designs that would suit various home décor styles from classic to contemporary to rustic vintage.

 

Buddha in Pink French Tapestry

This Buddha in Pink French Tapestry is bold and colorful – the heavy French tapestry fabric is perfect for this image.

Van Gogh Sunflowers French Tapestry

French Tapestry with Van Gogh’s classic “Vase with Twelve Sunflowers” – an original way to display art at home.

Thistle Flower French Tapestry Pillows

The rich detail of the French tapestry gives the wisps of the thistle flower nuance and presence.

Cockatiel Birds Pink Throw Pillow

This fun French tapestry throw pillow in bright pink will bring liven up your home.

Innovative Ways to Incorporate Artwork into the Home

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In small urban apartments, there are few opportunities to display photographs, paintings, or other artwork. In homes with limited wall space, attempting to hang multiple works of art can present a complex problem. It takes a little bit of creativity to incorporate all of your artwork into a smaller home, using tactics such as displaying pieces on bookshelves or layering works of art on top of each other. Read on to learn some tips for incorporating artwork into a small space.

Use Bookshelf Space Creatively

If you’ve got multiple bookshelves in the room, they may be monopolizing valuable wall space. Bookshelves are tall, wide, and usually full of books and knickknacks. However, with some careful rearranging and creative use of shelf space, you can create room for framed works of art. Try displaying your artwork in a row across the top of the bookshelf, and tastefully arrange a few smaller works of art on the rest of the shelves alongside your book collection.

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Layer Your Artwork

Try leaning framed artwork against the wall if you have artwork of multiple sizes and extra space on shelves, desks, and countertops. With this arrangement, no nails or hanging devices are necessary. Another benefit is that you will have the freedom to place small works of art in front of larger ones, saving wall space, and showing off your style.

Fine Art Throw Pillows

If you want an innovative and completely different way to showcase your favorite artwork, why not go the unconventional route of throw pillows? The versatility of decorative throw pillows allows you to express your personal sense of style in a variety of ways and add personality to your apartment. Famous paintings like Vincent Van Gogh’s sunflowers make wonderful additions to any discerning home.

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A reproduction of Sandra Forzani original Pamianthe Lily painting.

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A deep orange poppy in full bloom by Sandra Forzani.

If your flavor is displaying multiple works of art at once, try mixing and matching artworks from the same artist, such as this collection by Sandra Forzani. Fine art throw pillows add a sense of class and comfort to any home. On another note, graphic pillows showcasing lettering, pictures, abstract designs and patterns work great to make a bold statement in a contemporary decorated space.

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Trends in Throw Pillows: International Textiles and Tapestries

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For those who want to incorporate international flair into their homes, throw pillows are an ideal way to do so. It is important to be respectful of the cultures whose designs you are using, which is why conscientious designers need to carefully consider mixing and matching different textiles and tapestries. Read on to learn about some of the ways savvy designers are using culturally inspired designs from multiple backgrounds on throw pillows to honor different world cultures.

 “Ethnic” Textiles Inspiration

The word “ethnic” refers to designs that come from a wide array of world traditions. Sometimes these textiles are created by the culture itself, and sometimes they are simply inspired by these cultures. From Aztec to Navajo, from Balkan to Kashmiri, and even exotic animal print, there are thousands of different fabrics to choose from. It all depends on how you want to arrange them.

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Respecting World Cultures

When using multicultural items around your home, it’s important to respect where they came from. For example, if you have acquired a Middle Eastern prayer rug, it’s simply discourteous to use such an item as a bath mat. Simply put, do a bit of research and know the histories of these items. On that note, it’s always respectful to contextualize your décor. Don’t simply refer to an object as “exotic” when you know its specific place of origin is Guatemala.

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Arranging International Interiors

Multicultural elements can be juxtaposed together as the focus of your interior, or they can simply be used to emphasize chic, modern furniture and accessories. Internationally made dolls and small sculptures are perfect accents for bookshelves, while throw pillows are a great way to incorporate both comfort and multicultural flair. Try the traditional kilim design in this throw pillow against a muted background to make the pattern pop. Or, if you want a more local piece of culture, consider a tasteful southwest Native American inspired pillow.

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Vintage Decor on a Budget

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Vintage decor and antique-inspired style doesn’t have to be costly. There are a number of smart ways to incorporate this kind of décor into your home while keeping money in your wallet. Let’s consider some of the best ways to add retro and antique iconography into the interior of your home.

Know Where to Look for Your Vintage Decor Finds

While visiting vintage and antique stores is certainly a delightful adventure, interesting and unique vintage decor isn’t exclusive to these locations. Surprisingly, many current retailers offer items with vintage appearances or iconography – and your guests won’t be able to tell the difference. If you really want to incorporate vintage or antique authenticity into your home, you’ll have to hit local (or regional) flea markets, rummage sales, and other buying opportunities. For the collector of vintage items, these venues are treasure troves.

While some finds may seem worn out or useless, there are ways to repurpose them or turn them into new works of art. One word of advice, however: don’t go overboard collecting junk if you don’t have a plan for what to do with it!

 Vintage Style without the Hunt

If the prospect of waiting until yard sale season is already wearing you out, it’s time to consider investing in alternative ways to incorporate vintage iconography into the home. Throw pillows offer a unique, thoughtful means of showing off your penchant for vintage style. Consider, for example, a stylized pop art image of original early 20th century seltzer bottles. Blending a trendy art style with old-school antique charm is a great way to start.

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Similarly, consider incorporating vintage bus scrolls into your home interior. Originally designed for the sole purpose of showing destinations in subways, buses and trams in the 1950s, bus scroll posters and canvases are great decorative accent items suitable for a variety of spaces. The vintage bus scrolls are even available as stylish graphic throw pillows.

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Expert Advice: Home Redecorating Tips

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For those with little experience and no training in interior design, making a foray into home redecorating can seem overwhelming. Fortunately, there are plenty of experts out there who are happy to help! As you prepare to redecorate a room, consider the following tips to ensure that the end results of your redecorating are both stylish and functional.

Pick Your Artwork First

Before considering colors, furniture, or accessories, think about what artwork you want in the room. By choosing a piece of art that you love to be the centerpiece of the room, you’re sure to love the rest of the room as well. A striking piece of art will influence the color scheme and design aesthetic of the room, so start with the art, and then begin to develop a plan for everything else.

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Consider Color Theory as for Your Home Redecorating Palette

Once you’ve selected artwork for a room, begin to select a few colors to focus on. Edith Wharton recommended sticking to a simple color palette because it will ultimately create a more peaceful, relaxing environment. Too many different colors will make any room feel hectic and cluttered.

Another important aspect of color theory to consider is whether you want bright colors or muted tones. Warmer colors such as reds and oranges are often more effective in a busy space, such as a kitchen. On the other hand, cooler greens and blues will feel more soothing for a bedroom. In addition, it is useful to consider the psychological aspect of color as different colors evoke different moods and emotions.

Don’t Forget the Finishing Touches

A common rookie mistake in home decorating is to fail to include finishing touches, such as unique accessories. This is your chance to make a statement about something that you love, so don’t be afraid to select unusual, memorable pieces. If you are quite limited with space or simply would like to combine accessorizing with functionality, incorporating accent throw pillows is a smart solution. Fortunately, the vast selection of themes and styles allows anyone to find a favorite throw pillow. Love your desserts? Add some fun and colorful cupcakes to your room décor! Do you appreciate vintage items? Decorate your space with vintage inspired accent pillows! When it comes to accent pieces, your imagination is your limit.

Kingfisher Bird Pillow 18X18 Throw Pillow

Kingfisher Bird Pillow

Seltzer Black and White Vintage 18X18 Throw Pillow

Seltzer Black and White Vintage

Vintage Postage Stamp Gray 22x22 Throw Pillow

Vintage Postage Stamp

Moving in Together? A Stylistic Guide to Survival

Moving in together in the New Year

It’s a New Year, which for many of us means exciting changes. If you are changing your living situation and wondering about creating a harmonious living space when moving in together with another person, read on. Whether you are planning to have a roommate or that special somebody has finally voiced a desire to cohabitate, it is likely that the other member of the partnership will be bringing furniture with them. Instead of getting into a fight or throwing everything on the curb and starting over, here is a handy guide to making the material parts of your life fit together.

Moving in together means Mixing and Matching

When couples move in together, the process can definitely create obstacles. For example, when one person has a more classic furniture style and the other has largely modern pieces and accents, issues can arise. The first piece of advice is to simply lay everything out and see how it looks together. As with this example from Apartment Therapy, you may find that your styles can merge better than you imagined. Of course, it also helps to keep an open mind about what should stay and what should go in order to share the space and make sure that every party is satisfied.

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Objects Make Harmony

When mixing and matching modern and vintage, found objects as accents can do wonders to make a seemingly mismatched room work together beautifully. Another idea is to blend multiple styles of antiques and other décor so that your home feels like its items have been collected over a period of time (rather than matched at random).New York and Old Stamps Collage

 

Find Colors in Common

When it comes to mixing and matching different styles, one of the main points of coordination is color. Even if different people do not necessarily agree on accent colors, neutrals like white can add a sense of harmony and togetherness to pull the whole feel of the room together.

Accessorize

As always, accessories are key. Objects like artwork, tableware, small decorative pieces and throw pillows can really make the whole room come together. When choosing your color scheme while having different stylistic preferences, consider off-white objects that are well designed. For a throw pillow, for example, the rustic Cacao Bean Throw Pillow, is an excellent choice that is simple yet original.

You don't have to be a cacao bean merchant to appreciate the rustic charm of this large 24x24 inch square throw pillow. Made from a soft and sturdy broad weave fabric, this fun throw pillow will add comfort, charm and conversation to your home

You don’t have to be a cacao bean merchant to appreciate the rustic charm of this large 24×24 inch square throw pillow. Made from a soft and sturdy broad weave fabric, this fun throw pillow will add comfort, charm and conversation to your home

Warm Fluffy Fur Pillows for Winter

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It’s winter, which means it’s time to consider how you’d like your décor to complement the season. One way to add warmth and comfort is to incorporate fur pillows into your home. If real fur isn’t your thing, there are numerous other options.

 Why We Love Fur Pillows

Professionals in the world of interior decorating believe fur offers a sophisticated, rich feeling during the winter. Humans forget we are animals too, and our inclination when it’s cold outside is to nest and get cozy. Fur-like textures such as velvet and cashmere are popular for the same reasons, but fur in particular can help a space feel warm and welcoming. Incorporating fur texture also adds different layers of depth, especially when combined with the warm glow of candlelight.

 Less Is More

Too much fur can be overwhelming and may make your cozy home look more like a hunter’s cabin. Design experts advise keeping fur to a minimum and using it as an accent, such as with a throw blanket or pillows. This is also great for those interested in adding this design element without wanting to break the bank.

Faux Fur Rug

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Faux Fur Throw

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One excellent choice for those interested in fur or fur-like texture is Mongolian Sheepskin, which comes in numerous colors, from earth tones and neutrals to bright hues that pop. Crafted from rich, buttery sheepskin and suede leather, these pillows are soft and visually stunning. On the other hand, if you’re a believer in animal welfare, faux fur is a perfect alternative, adding the same richness and warmth to any interior space. Consider items like this soft, plush Amur Wolf pillow. Silky, shiny, and covered with an inch of luxurious faux fur, it’s the perfect size for a sofa or for sitting on the floor.

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Gray Mongolian Silver TuscWhatever your favorite fur may be, it remains an excellent choice while the weather grows colder. Consider fur today to add rich, delightful depth to your living space.

Beyond Santa and Snowmen: Gorgeous Winter Decor

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While classic red and green exclaims “wintertime” for the whole world to see, there are other ways to show off your style for the season. Santa Claus and Snowmen are classic and popular icons of winter decor, but those interested in a modern holiday style without reverting to the corny and overdone may want to look elsewhere. Read on for some tips and design ideas for classy winter décor.

 Crisp Colors

While the cold outside may make the world feel stark, there are plenty of ways to make white feel cozy. Consider a display of glass or ceramic items in your living space, especially with accents of silver; it’ll feel just like freshly fallen snow. Metallic sheens in throw pillows will offer a similar sparkle.

On the other hand, a great way to banish any bad winter moods is to choose bright, spring-like colors. Bright blues and pinks offer a lovely way to set the mood and remind yourself of the warm weather to come. Similarly, incorporating citrusy cents with candles or potpourri or adding dried seasonal fruits to a holiday wreath will add a lovely touch of freshness to an otherwise dreary season.

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Lovely Winter Decor Layers

As with winter fashion, winter decor can incorporate numerous layers of fabrics. Consider covering your dining room chairs with simple slipcovers in soft winter white to add warmth and style, especially in a neutral dining room. The bonus of adding new textures is that after winter is done, you can easily have the space represent warmer seasons later on.

If your home has a wood floor, it may be time to consider adding a fluffy throw or area rug to at least the living room, where you’ll appreciate the texture and warmth. As with fabrics, layering rugs of various textures and colors can make a space feel even warmer.

Finally, placing a variety of throw pillows on your sofas is a great way to change up your home’s style without making any radical decorating decisions. Consider soft and silky faux fur textured in keeping with the classy wintertime theme, such as this mink faux fur in black and white from Pillow Décor.Mongolian Red Tuscany Silver

Whatever your winter style, there are décor options for you. Whether you want to reflect the sparkle of snow, show the holiday spirit, or make your home feel bright and colorful, throw pillows offer plenty of warm and wonderful ways to do so.

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How to Decorate for Hanukkah

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The holiday season is a happy, festive time for everyone, but may lead to frustration in the décor department. Stores are filled with Christmas-themed decorations and linens, but what do you do if you’re Jewish? Are there any throw pillows for Hanukkah? As it happens, there are plenty, and we can help you decorate stylishly for the holiday.

Colors for Hanukkah

If you have ever celebrated Hanukkah before, you probably already know the classic and thematic colors of blue and white are typically associated with the holiday. But do you know where the colors come from? Blue and white are, of course, the colors of the Israeli flag. White symbolizes purity and cleanliness, part of the Sabbath, while blue is the color of heaven and divine revelation.

Hanukkah Décor

Hanukkah, the commemoration of the Jewish victory against Antiochus IV and the

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rededication of the temple in the 2nd century BC, deserves attractive décor to complement the home in observance of the holiday. Designers on HGTV have offered unique, non-traditional ways to use the two traditional colors of Hanukkah, including using multiple shades of blue ribbon to hang white paper lanterns or decorating a white holiday tree with blue ornaments.

Many decorators also like to incorporate metallics, including an attractive yellow-gold for

placeholders and flatware. Patterns in décor are also an excellent way to change up traditional Hanukkah colors, adding an intriguing graphic impact while retaining a sophisticated appearance.

 

Throw Pillows for Hanukkah

Hanukkah décor doesn’t have to stop in the dining area. Extend the classic colors of blue and white to your furniture by using fabulous graphic throw pillows, such as the Chevron Bold Blue by Pillow Décor. Decorative items like this are bold enough to make a statement. Not every element of design in your home must scream “Hanukkah” to contribute to a beautiful theme, which is why throw pillows are an excellent option in keeping with the simple – but not simplistic – colors of the holiday.

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You Don’t Need Paint To Add Color!

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Are you bored of beige? If the interior of your home is bumming you out, it may be time to brighten up your living space a bit. But don’t assume you need to bring out the paint and rollers – there are a number of ways to add color to your living space without going through the arduous process of painting your home.

How to Combine Colors

One great way to start introducing color into a neutral room in your home is to choose a bold color and then work around that with accent colors. Combinations like a bold blue with supplementary teal and light yellow-green, or golden yellow with dark and bright greens, hold up beautifully.

Ways to Add Color

One excellent and very simple way to brighten up a dull room is to add a colorful rug or curtains, or even brightly colored furniture. Consider, too, window treatments to bathe entire rooms in soft colorful light without even touching a paintbrush.

Of course, throw pillows are a great way to add splashes of color throughout a room. A bonus to using throw pillows is that they also provide a wonderful sense of comfort in addition to their colorful flair. In rooms with a neutral tone to the walls and furniture, solid colored throw pillows are a wonderful way to brighten up an entire space without being overwhelming.

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Adding color definitely doesn’t have to look simple. If solid color cotton pillows aren’t your style, then maybe you are after a material that feels a little more upscale. Consider these Royal Suede Throw Pillows from Pillow Décor, which come in a great size for comfort and stay put on your couches, chairs, or bedding due to the texture of the fabric. You can’t beat the luxurious feel of faux suede to accent the wonderful brightness of these pillows.

Mongolian Sheepskin Hot Pink Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Hot Pink Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Lime Green Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Lime Green Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Turquoise Blue Pillow

Mongolian Sheepskin Turquoise Blue Pillow

Decorating When You “Can’t” Paint: Accessories

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Updating your home décor might seem like a daunting and expensive task, especially for those of us living in rented spaces where painting is not allowed.  Luckily, a creative approach to decor accessories will help you bring color into rooms without putting a drop of paint on the walls.

Start With DIY Accessories

For those who are interested in making over a rental or have a tight budget to invest in all new decor, DIY is a great way to get started. With self-made projects, you can create a home that is both chic and colorful in addition to being cost-effective. DIY decorations, such as a wreath made of old book pages or a front door landing space made of repurposed logs, add homey and handmade charm to the inside of your home without the need for paint.

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Refurbished wood boxes make stylish and functional shelves.
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Wall Hangings

In keeping with the DIY aesthetic, hanging photos and artwork on the walls can brighten up a space without any paint whatsoever. These accessories create a personal feel that you can’t find any other way. Many renters also hang up posters, wall plates, postcards, polaroid photos, and more – it’s all up to your personal aesthetic.

Another great way to add some color or style is to use wall decals. You can buy decals of birds, leaves, flowers, and more to make any wall feel more exciting – which also means that the wall will feel like your own design without any permanent fixtures. For artists, making wall decals with scrapbook or origami paper can be a great way to add personal flair without any permanence.

 

Create an elegant look with personal photos done in black and white, or use pictures to add color Sources: thebudgetdecorator.com curbly.com

Create an elegant look with personal photos done in black and white, or use pictures to add color
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Painting – But Not the Walls!

Plenty of renters find it frustrating that they cannot paint the walls of their home. However, there are definitely ways to add lots of color to a home without painting the walls. You can paint your own furniture to liven up an old piece or make a thrift store find feel brand new.

Add personality to your new decor with hand painted furniture  Source: http://www.architectureartdesigns.com

Add personality to your new decor with hand painted furniture
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Upgrades

You may find that you can actually swap out some items in your apartment for accessories that are more appealing. As long as you check in with the landlord first, you can probably change out the light fixtures and mini-blinds for tasteful lighting and your own curtains. Just make sure to have full (even written) permission before making any major changes to the interior of any rented home.

A Personal Touch with Décor Accessories

Décor accessories like throw pillows from Pillow Décor are a great way to add personal flair and comfort to a rental. If you’re on a budget, there are a number of pillows available in many price ranges, such as these classic Brookside Garden Green Throw Pillows.

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