We moved in to our Vancouver apartment over four years ago. It was brand new. A clean slate. I had lots of ideas on how to transform it into a space we could make our own but we were tired beyond belief, even then. If you’ve been following along you’ll know that sleep deprivation is a constant battle even now in our upside down world four plus years later. As a result we’ve not put much effort into decorating.
Now that our son is nearly five there is a new, napless world opening up. And although I hate to admit it I think he’s been ready to give afternoon naps up for a while. But he’ll be entering kindergarten in September and I’ll have a bit more free time on my hands to finally get to creating a space we all look forward to coming home to. And nap in between work projects.
My main goal in decorating my home is to create a peaceful, beautiful space that is minimalistic but filled with inspiring objects to connect to on a heart level. I want our surroundings to be a reflection of each of our personalities and somehow tie them all together.
Sadly, my interior decorating muscle is seriously lacking tone and its atrophied state is evident where ever I look in our home. I’ve got some good ideas kicking around here but need to connect the dots that will create the vibe I’m after. So I’ve been scouring the internet, Pinterest mostly, for fresh ideas and want to share them with you.
I hope you like them as much as I do.
Trends in Home Decorating You’ll Love
1. Decorative Pillows
I don’t know what it is, but I have a weakness for fancy, decorative pillows. I don’t have a house full of them or anything but whenever I go to the shops I’m drawn to them. Maybe it’s because it’s a safe way to bring colour, texture and whimsy into a space. I’m so out of practice that this seems like a great place to start.
2. Paint Colour
We all know that you can change the way a room looks and feels just by changing the paint colours but it’s also a great way to keep on trend without going overboard. But I’m never sure what colours to choose so I tend to stick with neutrals and then accessorize with pops of colour.
Greige and Grey ~ These black and white photographs against the greige/grey coloured walls look sophisticated. I can also imagine more playful images to bring in a bit of fun.
Dark dark dark. ~ I don’t know if I would be so bold to paint a wall this colour blue but I sure love how it looks. Maybe I’ll just go for a painting that is extra large in size to really make a statement in my favourite colour this year, BLUE.
White ~ Doesn’t this kitchen just make you happy?
3. Bringing the elements from outside, in.
Aqua Blue ~ little splashes of blue remind me of the ocean and days lounging by the pool reading a book.
Green ~ Think grass, trees, meadows and oversize terrariums.
Yellow ~ Daffodils, daisies, lemons and sunshine.
White Anything! ~ Fresh, calming and probably best left for when OLM is older. But I love white sofas, pillows, bed linens. They reminds me of places like Greece; beach combing tropical beaches for whitewashed driftwood and pretty sea shells in all shapes and sizes.
I used to like mostly modern, sleek lines but I am finding that I am drawn to a combination of modern and a more rustic, imperfect sensibility. I suppose it reflects how I think of my Gemini self; an eclectic mixture of ideas and taste. I love to mix and match colours, patterns and textures. Check out this mermaid mirror to see what I mean.
4. Oversize Art
This piece captures three elements I am really liking this year. Bringing the outdoors in, oversized art and of course, blue!
5. Gallery Walls or Photo Ledges
We have one large wall that has a very small portrait on it and have been meaning to do something about it for ages. I’ve found a few really fun ways to get started on my Pinterest Board.
6. Mandalas and Zentangle Collaborative Art
My son and I have really been enjoying drawing together. Call it Zentangles, mandalas or what have you, creating them it is an inherently peaceful activity. It brings to mind another trend in home decor which is to create something beautiful collaboratively as a family, frame it and include in our art wall gallery.
Now that I am topped up with inspiration I can’t wait to get started on creating a lovely homey feel in a space we can all sink into after a long day.
Do you want some more home decorating ideas? check out my Decorating Board on Pinterest.
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