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In case a thorough or partial home makeover is on your list of changes for this year (and it definitely should be), you will have to make quite a few tough choices and decisions soon. But what if you are still uncertain as to what and how to modify your living area to make it more appealing? Fret not – we have five suggestions here on how to spruce up your living room décor and turn your family’s favorite room into a place of relaxation, style and comfort.

1. Define your Space with an Area Rug

If your living room floors are bare or you have old, shabby carpeting that has lost its appeal, add an area rug to freshen up the ambiance and organize the space into visually separate units. A carefully selected area rug will freshen up the room far more efficiently than a handful of colorful accessories – and the best thing is, you can use it even if you have wall-to-wall carpeting. Depending on the room color scheme, you can buy a tasteful monochromatic mat in a light tone that will instantly brighten up the atmosphere. If you want to add visual interest and liven up  plain décor, however, pick an area rug with a geometrical print with shapes in contrasting tones.

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Area Rugs Create Softness and Frame Furniture

2. Add Style with Modern Window Blinds

Another easy trick to revamp your living room look, modern window blinds will add a note of style to your décor while at the same time keeping out intense sunlight and nosy parkers. On top of boosting privacy and creating a snug atmosphere, contemporary shades and blinds are much easier to maintain and they also have a longer lifespan than regular curtains and drapes. In case you are not sure as to which type would go best with your room look (e.g. Venetian blinds, Roman shades, vertical or horizontal blinds), you can find discount blinds online and pick window shades that complement your living area in terms of colour, texture and furnishing materials.

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Add Modern Roman Shades or Blinds

3. Add Something Living

A popular 2015 décor trend likely to hang around in the year to come, use of living elements such as potted plants, terrariums, flowers and herbs will add a fresh note to your living room. On top of its stylistic features, plants are also an extremely healthy addition to any indoor area as they release oxygen and absorb carbon dioxide, thus improving the quality of the air you breathe and boosting your focus and mental capacities.

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Add Plants to your Room

4. Use Art to Create a Focal Point in the Room

Transform a plain wall into a focal point in the room by decking it with artistic details such as paintings, vintage mirrors or inspiring photos. Accent walls offer an affordable and easy way to add visual interest to your living area, and they also allow you to be creative and add a personal touch to your space.

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Add Interest to your Walls by Grouping Artwork

5. Improve Lighting

Make the year ahead a time of light and positivity by upgrading your living room lightning. You can do this by adding a chandelier to your shabby chic room, installing dimmer switches or getting a couple of vivid lampshades. When choosing new lamps, go after the ones with sturdy bases and colourful shades that will create a romantic ambiance and add vibrancy to the room.

If you feel like your home could use a change, you are probably right. Do not start the year to come with old décor – the biggest changes start off small, and living room makeover may be the easiest way to kick off 2016 with a fresh attitude to life.

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Different Light Sources for Mood and Functionality

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Amy Mia Goldsmith is a literature graduate from Melbourne with a lot of different interests in life. She and her husband love DIY projects and design. You can also contact her at her Twitter account.

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It can be difficult to keep up with the current home décor trends. The good news is that certain tendencies are timeless. Would you go for ageless styles over seasonal ones? Here are 10 home décor ideas that will help you make the smartest choices for your home.

Wooden Wallpaper

In 2010, wooden wallpaper was in high demand. The pattern is both serene and alluring. Classic, symmetrical and simple, this décor idea will instantly transform a boring living room into a revolutionary space. The trend is ideal for people who want to give their homes a cottage-like feel.


Wood Like Wallpaper

Midcentury Starburst Mirrors

Starbursts mirrors are cool. They add a touch of vintage to a room but without making the space appear old-fashioned. There are numerous styles and designs you can go for. Even the simplest, most conventional model will transform a dull hallway into a beautiful environment.

Starburst Mirror

Starburst Mirror


Butterflies are not just for kids’ bedrooms. This insect choice can fit into the most sophisticated dining rooms too. Nature-inspired décor items will never go out of style. There are so many chic ideas you can consider, such as butterfly paintings or 3D butterflies for the bedroom.

3D Butterfly Wall Design

3D Butterfly Wall Design

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Grouping of Butterfly Artwork

Real Butterflies in Frames

Real Butterflies in Frames

Minimalistic Accents

Whether it’s 2010 or 2015, it’s never too late to abide by the principle “less is more”. Keep your living area’s design as simple as possible, and don’t overcrowd your shelves with all sorts of accessories. Stick with furniture elements that are proportional and thus your home will look organized and stylish.

Minimal Modern Dining Room Design

Minimal Modern Dining Room Design

Accent Coloring

Colors that are in trend change from season to season. It’s always a good idea to spice things up in the home and insert color combos you’ve never had before. Instead of buying an orange couch or painting the walls in pastel blue, why don’t you consider accessories to add a pop of color? Throw pillows, new curtains made of the finest curtain fabric, rugs and flower pots are a better choice.

Functional Furniture

In a magazine every angular chair looks trendy and innovative. However, it is not comfortable and you probably won’t even use it; not to mention that in 6 months it won’t even be in trend anymore. The exact same thing goes for unconventional coffee tables, which are too delicate to be used. It’s ok to want to have a stylish living room, but you need items that are both appealing and functional.

Focus on Comfort

Comfort is a fundamental factor when purchasing furniture. If you are compelled to replace a couch just because it’s not relaxing, then that piece is not timeless. Make a smart investment and go for a couch that looks good, but feel good too.

Quality over Quantity

It’s nice to have plenty of shelves in the kitchen or living room, but that doesn’t mean you should fill them with all sorts of objects. Choose your accessories or art pieces with extreme care. Shop for less and focus on a nice simple collection of objects paired with books; this way your home will have a modern, chic allure rather than a chaotic look.

New Curtains

If you want to add freshness into your home but you don’t have a big budget available, you can always change the curtains. Stick to timeless palettes of gray, black, white or red. These can have discreet patterns and prints too. It is equally important to select a good quality curtain fabric. This way they’ll last longer.

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Add Curtains to Create Softness


Whenever we choose to redecorate our homes, it is important to consider elements that can stand the test of time. Focus on durable items that you can use over and over again, and avoid low quality items that scream kitsch. Shop wisely, invest in well made accessories, and your home will look trendy without forcing you to spend a fortune. 

Do you think it’s time to give your home a makeover? Are you bored with the current décor? Well then there are smart ideas you can use to stay in trend without breaking the bank. Seasonal flowers, rugs, linens and additionally accessories are everything you need to transform a dull home into the chicest, most elegant environment.

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Hello Christopher James Interiors readers.  My name is Edward and I am excited to be guest blogging for you all today.  Now that summer is finally here it’s time to let the warm summer air in.  Spring is behind us, so why not let the bright friendly vestiges of summer enter your home? When you’re decorating for summer, you’ll want to keep a few details in mind to get that fresh summery look.


Summer décor is all about color…pale blues, whites, greens and vibrant colors. Since you can’t go repainting your house multiple times per year, an easy way to influence the general color scheme for the season is to go with neutral colors in your furniture and walls, and to accent it variably depending on the season. Or if you’re bold enough, just go for it and paint your walls a bright color like the brightly painted orange living room below.  I like to hang up summertime artwork with bright framed art prints, or do something as easily as switching out decorative pillows on my couch, using a pale green table cloth, or hanging up lighter linen summer curtains.

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Vibrant Wall Colors and Accessories


The hallmark of summer is, of course, living and growing things. Before it gets warm go and make starters for all your garden plants and place them strategically around your house to add a splash of green near your windows. In addition, you can hang plant baskets from the ceiling that will eventually have greenery spilling down over the sides in a very aesthetically pleasing manner. If you’re not sure what you’d like to plant, place a pot near a window and simply toss seeds or food waste in there while you’re cooking to see what germinates. I’ve accidentally started kiwi plants, bell peppers, tomatoes, and cucumbers, all of which make for some fairly attractive plants while they’re still young.

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Add Plants and Floral Arrangements


One important component that tends to be forgotten is the lighting in your home. In the winter you’ll have heavy curtains shut tight to hold out the chill and your lighting will be artificial or from your fireplace. In the summer, it’s time to let the sun shine in. Get rid of any heavy curtains and replace them with light, more permeable looking ones. If that’s not an option just open them up wide. Remove any obstructions that keep the light from entering the room. If you have small windows or not very many of them you can make the most of the light you do get by placing mirrors opposite your windows to reflect and spread the light into the space more effectively.

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Make a Statement with Lighting


To create a bright open feel, open up your floor space by rearranging your furniture. To maximize your floor space and get that wide open feel, position your furniture up against your walls, facing inward. Additionally, using glass tabletops or décor items like vases will help to limit the sense of obstruction you feel from the things that are placed in the middle of the room, while also helping to further reflect and refract incoming light to brighten up the space.

I hope some of my tips will inspire you to create a bright new look for your rooms.  Let me know what you’re doing in your home to create a light and summery feel.  I’d love to see what influences and inspires you, so send in your photos and comments!  Have a great summer!

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Brighten up your Furniture

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Beach, Nautical and Coastal Interiors

Decorating interiors on the beach is always one of my favorite locations to work.  You can’t get much better than working on the water.  I am so inspired by the water, sand and sea life that comes from this type of living.  If I had to choose just one place to work…it would have to be the beach.  There’s something serene and peaceful with the sounds of ocean waves crashing and seagulls squawking.  As an interior designer in Orange County, California, my work has taken me to several homes near the water.  From East Hampton, New York to Puerto Vallarta, Mexico.  When designing a beach house or home on the water it only makes sense to bring the water elements into the interior design.

Living Room Coastal Interior Design
Living Room – Coastal Interior

If you are wanting to create a comfortable and laid back look to your coastal interior design project then read further for some key elements of coastal interiors.

Take a look at some of our completed projects on the beach (click on the links below to view)…

East Hampton, New York

Emerald Bay, Laguna Beach, California

Puerto Vallarta, Mexico

If you have never experienced the beach on a personal level, look at magazines dedicated to coastal destinations, or better yet, contact a Coastal Interior Designer to take all the guess work out of it for you!

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Key Elements of Coastal Interior Design


Coastal interiors and decorating on the beach mean different things to different people when it comes to choosing the furniture style.  The most important thing is to keep the design casual and simple.  Use materials such as reclaimed wood, bamboo or wicker furniture and keep in mind certain types of wood aren’t recommended for ocean air.  Try to incorporate stripes and patterns that relate to the beach.  For example, use navy blue and crisp white for that nautical look.  Linen fabrics are also a good choice for drapery and pillows.


Keep your wall colors light and airy.  This will help bring the true coastal experience into your home.  Soft color palettes work best for homes on the water.  Although I don’t typically like white walls…on the beach it gives you that clean, crisp feel.  White also works well as an accent on such architectural details such as wainscoting.


Less is better when considering a coastal interior design style.  However, if you are seeking privacy there are many window treatments available that can marry the two together nicely.  White shutters are a good choice as they will not only compliment the wainscoting, but will also provide you privacy when needed.


Stick with hard surfaces when decorating on the beach by using hardwood floors or tiles.  Clean and simple and uncluttered is best.  Lighter colors for hardwood and throw rugs will help bring the room together as well as hide the sand that may be tracked in from the beach.


This is a great area to bring in the details of coastal interiors.  Add small touches here and there that will bring these elements to life.  Add a net, use some rope or bring in some shells.  Stay on the lookout as you’re walking on the beach…an old piece of driftwood that has weathered from the constant beating of the waves is a great accent.  Use some live tropical plants such as giant birds of paradise or a kentia palm.  Use images of sailboats or rope in your artwork as shown below.

Sailboat Artwork
Accent with Nautical Artwork
Nautical Rope Artwork

Nautical Artwork


Rattan or wicker works nicely with lamps, or add another type of texture that reminds you of the coast, like sea shells.  Wrought iron is also a good choice to bring an element of metal to the room.

Coastal interior design is not only a fun and creative way to decorate, but it can also bring an element of Feng Shui into your home as the ambiance can be cathartic to your soul.  You will just breath easier in your new coastal interior surroundings as they remind you of the care free days at the beach.

Do you have any favorite tips or ideas that you like using when it comes to decorating on the beach?  Share some inspiration from your coastal interior design projects.  Send in some pics and comments…I’d love to see what you’re up to!

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Hello, I’m Joanna and I am a blogger for Arcadian Lighting, a premier online source for captivating interior and exterior lighting fixtures. My days are spent searching the web for beautiful interior design images and ideas to share on interior design blogs.  I’m honored to be writing a guest post for Christopher James Interiors.  Today I’ll be focusing on summery orange spaces. This hue translates well across all styles from modern to traditional.  It works well with many accent colors such as turquoise or pink.  I’ve collected images of several rooms below.  Be sure to comment and let me know which is your favorite.

Orange Living Room

An Asian inspired living room is dressed in vibrant orange and turquoise. The wallpaper ties the decor together beautifully.

Sun Room

Summer is in full bloom in this sunroom with deep orange walls and pink and white modern furniture. A hint of orange in the rug would be nice to anchor the colors.

Summery Orange Living Room

A modern space is layered in orange hues with just a hint of pastels in the artwork and rug. The pendant lights are especially pretty.

Orange Dining Room

A transitional dining room gets its own hint of orange on the tufted dining chairs and colorful artwork.

Contemporary Bedroom

This contemporary bedroom is dressed in crisp white with not-so-subtle orange accents. The headboard is particularly interesting.

Asian Inspired Bedroom

An Asian-inspired space boasts deep orange walls with light green panels.  Suzani print pillows tie the room’s colors together.  The nail head accented tables flanking the bed are a nice feature.

Orange Bedroom

A stunning bedroom has so many lovely elements such as the floral-infused walls and ceiling and the plethora of fabric on and surrounding the bed.  The orange hues cover the spectrum from pumpkin to the softest peach.  The beautiful pendant light mimics origami.

Minimalist Bedroom

This minimalist bedroom gets a jolt of energy from the bold orange on the walls and bed.

Orange is the perfect color for summer, so which one is your favorite?  Comment below and be sure to visit Arcadian Lighting for more helpful style and inspirations.

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