Live Happily Ever After: Creating a Fairy Tale Interior

Once upon a time, there was a home that captured storybook allure with luxe fabrics and delicate details.

Pretty accessories, elegant touches, and finishes fit for a king all combine to create a fairy tale interior. From delicate pastel palettes to chic chandeliers, this sweet and sophisticated style is dreamy, decadent and perfect for any home.

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Pretty statement pendant lights and elegant tableside fixtures create the perfect amount of illumination for a fairy tale interior. Create this look with layered lighting: choose a sophisticated statement pendant and complement it with dimmed floor lamps or bedside lighting.

Glass, nickel, and high-gloss finishes are all princely illumination options, and work perfectly in the master bedroom, dining and living areas.

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Powdery pastels

Create a space straight out of a storybook with soft and lustrous pastel colors throughout the room. Choose a satin-finish paint for the walls in a soft white or powdery gray, and add plush upholstered pieces in muted neutrals for additional elegance.

Top off the look with airy drapery and linens, and soft, tufted textures throughout.

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Enchanted embellishment

One of the most beloved characteristics of fairy tale interiors is their decadence and grandeur. From crown molding to ornate coving and ceiling medallions, fairy tale style is nothing short of sophisticated.

For your own enchanted space, consider adding molding. Moldings add shape and dimension to a room, lending an opulent feel to the design.

Accessorize the room with ultra-feminine furniture and velvety fabrics topped with masculine elements like fur and metal fixtures.

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Photo from Zillow listing.

Plenty of sophisticated touches can be added for your own personal pampering. Ornate fireplaces, cozy curtains, textured tapestries and delicate details all add their own fairy tale flair. Four-poster beds covered in sensual fabrics, vintage throws, and tufted pillows create decadence, while calming colors create a restful haven.

Combine your favorite fairy tale elements to create an ambiance perfect for a beloved storybook character. Bring the look into modern-day design with transitional elements, or keep it classic by playing up its old-fashioned appeal.

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9 Home Decor Myths You Should Stop Believing Immediately

Even if you’re an ardent amateur decorator, starting from scratch in a new place can be intimidating. So many white walls screaming out for paint, so much bare hardwood dying for furniture. What’s a new homeowner to do?

Katarzyna Bialasiewicz

Maybe you don’t want to shell out for an interior decorator and besides, you have Pinterest on your side. Hey, you can do this thing yourself, right? All you need to do is follow the rules of the decor road. You know the ones we’re talking about—the nuggets of conventional wisdom like “don’t paint a small room with a dark color” or “avoid mixing metals.”

But not every decor rule should be considered gospel—in fact, some are downright myths. Here, our expert designers clear up nine misconceptions about how you should decorate your home. So get moving and decorate your place already!

Myth No.1: Ceilings must be white

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A complementary ceiling color gives a cozy feel. White ceilings might seem like the norm, but they aren’t right for every room.

“White ceilings can actually be distracting if there is no other white in the room,” says Dee Schlotter, the senior color marketing manager for PPG.

Deep-emerald walls look strange with a blazing-bright ceiling. That cheerful yellow you carefully selected for the kitchen seems too bold with the ceiling so stark white. A complementary color—or even a coordinating off-white shade—can prevent distraction, Schlotter says.

Myth No. 2: Everything should match perfectly

The days of matching and monochromatic looks are over. Instead, cohesive coordination reigns supreme. Think: Wood tones, lush fabrics, and colors that harmonize with (not identically match) your walls. Otherwise, you risk dull, monotone decor that bores every visitor who passes through your doors.

“Look at the undertones of the primary color scheme,” says Jill Hosking, an interior designer in Windham, NH. “It does take more time and effort to coordinate versus match, but your room will look and feel more cohesive, chic, and likely will seem to be a better reflection of your personal style.”

Myth No. 3: Less furniture equals more space

You might believe paring down your furniture collection will make your small room feel massive—so there’s more room for activities, right?—but be prepared for some disappointment after the final Craigslist buyer trucks away the love seat. In fact, the empty space feels tiny.

“A fully furnished room will actually make the space feel bigger,” says Megan Hopp, a designer with Homepolish. “It’s counterintuitive, but having the right amount and right-size pieces in a layout will make your room feel bigger, better, and help you breathe a sigh of relief.”

If your massive sectional overwhelms the space, consider sizing down with a new couch—but don’t ditch the seating entirely.

Myth No. 4: Dark walls make a space look small

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White or neutral tones aren’t the only shades allowed in a tiny room. Far from off-limits, dark walls can even size up the space.

“Covering all of the surfaces of a room in one color makes it larger,” Schlotter says. Choose a hue that moves you—warm, rich, buttery, soothing—and “envelop the space,” she says. Yes, even the ceiling.

“One unified color fades defining lines, which enhances the coziness of the space and makes it feel larger,” she says.

Myth No. 5: Decor pieces can’t touch

A couch 5 feet from a side table and another 5 feet from the coffee table feels museum-like, not comfy-cozy. And contrary to popular belief, table decor is allowed to slightly obscure your artwork. (It can actually look better!)

“Yes, your lamp can cover the bottom corner of the mirror, and your armchair would love to live in front of your bookcase,” Hopp says. “Just like a sandwich, each ingredient on top of the other makes for a much better recipe than each piece alone.” Bon appetit!

Myth No. 6: You can’t have nice furniture if you have kids

Yes, skip the pricey white leather armchair, unless you’re eager to dress it up with crayon. But you don’t have to ditch all of the expensive and lovely pieces you’ve collected over the years. You can even buy new, elegant furniture that make you happy—even with your rugrats scrambling around.

The key is to choose and position your pieces carefully, and to aim for indestructible materials and finishes. It might seem counterintuitive, but splurging on well-made furniture could end up saving you in the long run. It’s more likely to hold up to years of abuse than the cheap models you think you’re resigned to own.

Myth No. 7: Never mix metals

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Gone are the days when it was taboo to mix metals. With the infusion of brilliant golds, brushed nickels, and rich coppers into our decors, designers have found themselves asking: Why limit ourselves to just one? It turns out, you can have it all.

“Mixed metallics is not only a good thing, in my opinion, it’s a better choice than confining yourself and your design to one or the other,” Hopp says.

Some metals, such as copper and gold, contribute warm tones—others (think silver and nickel) are cooler. Together, they create “a healthy balance” that adds texture, glamour, and dimension to your space.

Myth No. 8: Art goes up high

Photo by Laura U, Inc.

Photo by Laura U, Inc.

Move that art lower—please, designers plea. Hang your art like a museum does: at eye level. Placed properly, the glory of your collection can be fully appreciated by your guests, who won’t have to crane their necks.

“Try moving your pieces down so as to sit just above the center point of the wall,” Hopp says. “Think about how art looks in a gallery. Follow suit, and bring it down.”

Myth No. 9: You should always be on trend

We’ll be the first to admit that we spend a lot of time telling you which interior design trends you should incorporate into your home, and which ones are so last year. But here’s something we don’t say often enough: You shouldn’t let Pinterest (or us!) dictate your decor decisions. Following design trends blindly creates a soulless space. Soulless as in dead.

“Only infuse trends into your home if it’s one you truly like and can live with longer than a year,” Hosking says. “It’s unrealistic to paint your walls every year or to add that mirrored chest to the dining room because ‘it’s in.’”

Love a style but hesitant to go all-in on a trend? Consider using smaller pieces to incorporate popular fabrics and styles into your home.

Pillows, throws, and art are easy ways to “infuse a trendy look without breaking the bank or generating buyer’s remorse,” Hosking says. And once you’re tired of the chevron, or the Swiss cross, or the trellis, donate the piece, take a tax deduction, and try something new.

 

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Decorating with the 2016 Pantone Color of the Year

In 2016, Pantone decided to change it up by offering two stand out colors of the year. According to Pantone, the two colors of the year, Rose Quartz and Serenity “demonstrate an inherent balance between a warmer embracing rose tone and the cooler tranquil blue, reflecting connection and wellness, as well as, a soothing sense of order and peace.” Pantone explains that a direct correlation between consumers seeking mindfulness, reassurance and security were the reasons for selecting two colors to represent 2016. Specifically, these two colors together are being used interchangeably by the genders represented in fashion trends. Using a soft rose and sky blue to denote gender equality is yet another reason for supporting the blend of these two colors. 

Because of the subtle nature of the colors Rose Quartz and Serenity, decorating can easily be paired with a myriad of colors like grays, taupes, greens, teals and more to create a soothing effect on the feeling within your home. Maybe these colors are too pale and feel like they belong in a baby’s room, but if you let your mind open to the potential of these colors you can extend these colors throughout your home.  Their easy nature and classic feel can also include a sense of calm in a house that may have a lot of activity. Their classic nature can enhance a room by adding an elegance to a living room or sitting area. Or using the whimsy aspect of these colors can add some lightness or fun to a room that might be too stark.  For more inspiration, we curated these photos to help you get inspired to use the 2016 Pantone colors, Rose Quartz and Serenity, in your home.

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Five Things to Consider When Decorating A Room

When it comes to decorating a room, there are many factors that must first be considered before hanging up art pieces or adding decor on the mantle. To enhance the space and allow it to shine, there are several steps to take to ensure that everything flows and works together. For those who are beginning a new decorating project, it’s important to follow a few rules to enhance the style of the room.

The Size of the Space

It’s important to evaluate the size of the room that you’re planning on decorating to determine what pieces will fit in well and won’t appear too small or large. Look at the number of walls that are in the room and where there may be bare or empty spaces. Consider the types of items that can be used in certain
spaces that may be awkward instead of trying to just use what you already have.

Living rooms that are connected to kitchens can often feel empty with open floor plans, making it important to create different stations of the space that each serve a purpose. Consider adding a desk and chair in one corner while incorporating a bar cart that is in close proximity to the kitchen. Filling in the empty space will allow it to feel cozy and more at home for both the residents and guests.

The Color of the Walls

The color of the walls in the room will ultimately determine the tone of the environment and how large or small it feels. Lighter shades tend to make a room feel more spacious while darker hues can close a room in. If you can’t work with the paint that is already used on the walls, consider other shades that you like. The color of the walls should determine the color palette that you decide on using when decorating the room to ensure that everything flows well and is tied together. Some spaces can also have an accent wall, which will create a focal point in the area that draws the eyes to a specific part of the room.

The Furniture

For rooms that have furniture that is already in place, it’s important to take the style of the pieces into consideration before adding any new decor. It’s important to determine the room’s theme around the furniture pieces to ensure that nothing clashes. If the furniture is old or worn, it can easily be updated by retaining or painting the wood surface. For chairs or benches, the items can be reupholstered with modern or contemporary fabric that adds a refreshing touch to the room.

Special Features or Accents

From reading nooks to built-in bookshelves, there are often custom features that are installed in a room to enhance the design or functionality of the space. It’s important to highlight these special features and allow them to be some of the focal points of the room. Consider filling an empty fireplace with different sizes of candles. Add a decorative cushion to the reading nook by the window. You can even rest framed photos on a mantle for a modern and laid-back look. By working around the features of the room, it will allow the area to look complete and functional.

The Lighting

The lighting plays a large part in the decoration of the space. Consider relying on scented candles and using a floor lamp in a dim corner of a room. The lighting will spruce up the decor and allow certain areas of the room to be accentuated.

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How Our Homes Have Changed Since the ’50s

While mid-century modern style may be all the rage today, domestic floorplans have changed considerably over the past 50 years. The biggest difference has been the steady increase in the size of homes. We now have larger rooms, and more bathrooms, bedrooms, and closet space. We’ve also opened up our shared rooms by tearing down the walls and bringing in more outside light.

Here’s a look at how each room in the house has evolved.

The kitchen

Today’s large kitchen with its island and central place in the home is a relic of the 1950s, when homeowners wanted to show off novel appliances like dishwashers and refrigerators.

The idea of opening the kitchen to other rooms of the house began in the 1970s. Architects began eliminating kitchen walls to create a seamless transition into this shared and frequently used space. They also brought more light into the kitchen by installing skylights and large windows that expose this once closed-off room.

Over the past few decades, kitchens have become the focus of many home floorplans. Once the purview of housewives who cooked in isolation, today’s kitchen is a social space, and often the most glamorous part of the home.

Buyers are impressed by showy kitchens that include expensive appliances, marble countertops, and other amenities. In contrast to the mid-century kitchen — dark, isolated, and intended only for the cook — today’s kitchen is an open, well-lit space that invites mingling during meal prep.

The dining room

The popularity and use of a separate dining room has declined in recent decades. Meals are rarely formal affairs that require the use of the dining room, and most families prefer to eat in the kitchen.

The inconvenience of carrying dishes from one room to the next discourages the use of this room, and explains its lack of prominence in modern-day floorplans. In many homes, the room once designated as the dining room is often repurposed to serve as a playroom, office or library.

The living room

This room — which was once located at the back of the house for privacy and family use — moved near the entryway and became redefined as a space for entertaining guests.

The move to make the living room an increasingly social area resulted in the sunken living room of the 1970s, otherwise known as the conversation pit.

Like many of the shared spaces in the home, the current trend is living rooms that open to other rooms, and are no longer set apart by a wall partition.

The desire for openness has affected the living room not only horizontally but also vertically. Today, living rooms tend to feature a higher, sloped ceiling, preferably with a tall window to let in natural light. Lofts overlooking the living room and open stairways have further exposed this formerly enclosed space.

The bathroom

The functional bathroom of the 1960s with its minimal, cramped space has evolved into a luxurious area for relaxation. The number of bathrooms in a typical home has steadily increased, meaning this once shared room is now often seen as a private, individualized retreat.

We now have, on average, more bathrooms per household and fewer family members, eliminating the pesky line for the bathroom and the domestic squabbles over who gets the shower next.

The master bathroom in particular commands a large amount of attention and investment, with a bathtub separate from the shower, double-bowl vanities, and a separate cubicle for the toilet. Over time, the Spartan bathrooms of earlier decades have come to resemble spas.

The master suite

The master suite has only been around since the 1980s, and it is largely the product of much larger homes that allow for a lavish retreat from the other rooms in the house. This opulent bedroom with its separate sitting area, walk-in closet and extravagant bathroom is now a common feature of McMansions and larger homes.

The walk-in closet you find in a modern-day suite can take on the proportions of a small bedroom. Closets were standard fixtures by the 1950s, but the larger walk-in closet did not take off until the 1980s as consumption increased and the speed of fashion accelerated, creating a need to store countless articles of clothing and footwear.

See more home design inspiration for every room in your house.

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7 Decorating Ideas to Add Color without Painting

The easiest way you can redecorate your home is by repainting it, but dealing with moving furniture, priming the walls, painting and more will take a good bit of effort and work if you are not up for it. Changing the look and feel of a room can be completed with some alternative methods instead. The following ideas will give you some insight as to what you can do to make these changes happen if you are not up for painting the walls:

Using Pillows

If you have a relatively dark room, but you want to make it shine a bit brighter, then adding a few brightly colored pillows to accent the furniture and the room might just be one of the best ways to bring color into your room. It will not take much work to complete and you will have viable results in a really short time.

Treating your Windows

You can make your windows better-looking, but also quite useful simply by updating your window treatments. Spicing things up with some colorful window treatments will bring a new look to the whole room if you have a knack for this sort of thing. Adding your personal touches is something that you can do yourself if you have the skill. Try adding a colorful piece of fabric over a decorative curtain rod to create a beautiful new look to your windows. Simple, efficient and low cost. What more could you ask for?

Flowers as Decorations

You can pick your favorite flowers depending on the time of year and add them to a bowl or vase to bring the season indoors. You can also scatter individual flowers around the room, using some budding vases and single flowers to create a dash of color and freshness around a room. Always remember to dispose of them or even compost them when their colors fade and they wilt away to create an environment for sustainability.

Using Artwork

A common solution to enhancing a room and you have a much greater choice when it comes down to it. You can use a variety of artwork forms; such as a collage of kids’ drawings, artwork bought from a gallery, statue or sculptures, woven rugs, or something else that suits your taste and needs. Pick pieces that showcase colors capable of contrasting the rest of the room for optimal results. And find pieces that express who your personality.

Using Bookshelves

One does not simply use bookshelves for books; they can also be used for displaying of figurines, glassware, pottery, awards, prized possessions and so much more. Rearranging the current contents of the bookcase is one great way of ensuring you have a great-looking room that doesn’t require painting to make it so. Adding new pieces that bring a pop of color can also help a new dimension to a room.

Enhancing with Rugs

Rugs and carpets are another excellent way to change the overall ambiance of a room and what it has to offer. The best way to approach it is to look for a certain color and style that fits well with the overall color combination and shapes around it. Sometimes even affixing one to the wall will be a good way to break the monotony.

Using Slipcovers

A slipcover for your couch for every season can help create a new look every few months. Slipcovers can easily make a room and the furniture it covers a new experience.  Using slipcovers can also reduce the wear and tear of your furniture and potentially reduce your upholstery cleaning. Using light colors for the spring and summer months and deeper colors for the cold days of fall and winter cam also reflect the mood you might have during the seasons.

These are just a few tips to help redecorate a room without dealing with the hassle of organizing your room for a painting adventure.

Posted by Heather Roberts on HomeZada