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Tips and Tricks

Neelam Interiors / Tips and Tricks (Page 8)

Gallery Walls

There are so many aspects of design and decor I love, but a definite front runner is creating Gallery Walls.  I love curating a variety of artwork, diverse frames, and whatever else peaks my interest in unique and creative ways.

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Most of the time I have a jumping off point, something that has inspired me – my muse if you will.  And then the story develops from there – I like to think of my walls as story tellers – the love of travel, good food, family, connection, colour, creativity, etc.

Bring the Indoors Out

As the days get longer and the temps warmer, it’s time to expand our living spaces into the outdoors!  Bringing the indoors out and creating a space your family and friends won’t want to leave can be easy and fun with a few simple strategies.

When pulling together an outdoor space first consider what you’ll most be doing in the space – lounging around, eating meals, preparing food, entertaining, etc.  Or maybe you’d like to accommodate multiple functions. Giving some thought to how you’d like to use your outdoor space will help you establish the type of furniture you’ll need – for example casual sofas or a table with chairs or both.

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Next consider the Color scheme.  Since today more than ever outdoor living spaces are considered an extension of our homes, I like to use a palate and style that is cohesive with that of the indoor living space – maybe pick up on some accent colors and play them up, as I’ve done.

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Spring Has Sprung!

Well it may not be official and those of us who have lived in Calgary for any amount of time know that it can snow in an instant – but for now, it sure looks and feels like Spring has Sprung!  And I couldn’t be happier!  Spring time brings longer days, more sunlight, a sense of renewal and most exciting for me, gorgeous, fresh flowers!

I love incorporating fresh flowers into the spaces I create.  Bed side tables and an office desk are two obvious spaces to accent with fresh flowers.

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But how about a pop of colour and freshness in the mudroom or laundry room?  What a wonderful surprise as you walk through the door!  And how much prettier and joyful would laundry be!

Metallics are Never a Bad Idea

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I am ga-ga for metallics!  And lucky for me they’re everywhere!

The value of warm metals like Gold, Bronze and Brass throughout history is undeniable, but until recently home decor was dominated by silvers and grays.  Only in the last little while are we seeing a revival of these beautiful metallics and I couldn’t be happier.

Office Makeover

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This home office went from dark and dreary to light, bright, cozy and inviting – of clients and ideas!

It is now an oasis of creativity and inspiration.

The striped wall is a key element of the space.  Click here to discover how easy it is to do yourself.

Transforming a space doesn’t always require a hefty budget – with some smart DIYs you can afford to invest in special pieces that add impact, practically and reflect your personal style.  The shelves in this office were easily painted out in white and blue to reflect the theme of the room and save money!  Click here to learn how you can accomplish something similar.

Master Bedroom

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This transformation has to be one of my all time favorites.  This Master Bedroom went from dark and dreary to light and glamorous.

Not every transformation requires an entire overhaul.  In this space, I kept a lot – the headboard, bedding, and mirror – and just added a few extra elements to help achieve the look.

Ahh the Desk!

This is definitely my favorite part of the office, it’s also where I spend most of my time, so it ought to be my favorite!

I feel like this little corner is the perfect reflection of who I am – a lover of simple, clean design, with a splash of pretty and feminine, and a gentle nod to the past and my heritage.  Although not Indian per-say, I absolutely LOVE the hanging lanterns, they’re totally unexpected, whimsical and remind me of the far east.

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Seeing Stripes

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One of the easiest and most inexpensive ways to add interest to a space is by the addition of stripes to the walls!  Although painting out all four walls of a room in stripes is a significant commitment and much more dramatic, it can be great fun and create a one of a kind room, like this great space from www.yellowsubstudio.com.

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I decided to stick to one wall … for now 😉  My inspiration for the stripes came from wanting to brighten up my office without having to paint out the entire room and cover up some patched holes.