6 Edgy Home Design Ideas That Will Blow Your Mind

 

For all those who are fed up with mediocre and plain, I am happy to present some avant-garde décor options that actually look amazing. All you have to do is dare to be non-traditional and different. You are invited to express your unique sense of style and make a bold statement with your design and décor. We are talking about ideas that blow that average, play-it-safe solutions out of the water and completely arrest attention. To make the magic happen, unleash the inner designer and immerse yourself in the hedonistic way of living at its most inventive.

A personal twist on a popular style

Committing to one popular style can be a great way to maintain a sense of structure and purpose. However, it should not inhibit your creativity and imagination in any way. For example, farmhouse décor is a great pool of ideas and it’s inspired by cabin-like interior design. But, don’t just follow what others are doing. Expose the flawed beauty of distressed wood framework and look beyond the orthodox color palette, which is dominated by light yellow and turquoise tones. Introduce pops of bright color and breathe vibrant life into your home. As a finishing touch, add a high-end furniture centerpiece that speaks volumes about your aesthetic preferences.

Polish that modern edge

On the other hand, we also have a contemporary, modern style. More often than not, it comes across as edgy, and that is precisely what we need. So, accentuate modern architecture for a wow effect and add a concrete fireplace to serve as a breathtaking centerpiece. Put a glass floor over an open shaft to add drama to your bathroom. Implement playful modern features that also have a functional purpose. Mount a TV on the wall of your bathroom and protect it from water and humidity. Install a spiral stairway slide that enables you to storm down in an instant. Allow your cat a similar benefit with the steel cat transit system, a tube that also doubles as incredible décor feature.

Bathing in style

This one may seem like a true oddball, but how about a large soaker tub in the bedroom? The best way to go is to place the tub in the corner and make it blend seamlessly with the décor and design solutions in the room. Add a nice stepping stool or comfortable seating next to it. That way, you won’t evoke the feeling of cheap motels. But, if you think you are not going to make it work, take your bathing outside!

A pool is always in

A pool is definitely an evergreen addition to your home. In addition to being a drop of happiness itself, it opens up a lot of doors for making your home stylish. When you have a pool, you have a patio, and where’s a patio there is nice furniture to go with your fancy staycation station! If you’re looking for a great option for new age homes, look no further than trendy fiberglass swimming pools. They are visually stunning, easy to maintain, and are less prone to rot and rust than other conventional options. Infinity pools and indoor-outdoor pools are also mesmerizing water features you can consider.

A splash of greenery

All those houseplants are nice, but why not think big? Invite the splendor of greenery in your home by planting a full-sized palm tree or designing a full-blown arboretum. This will be a focal point that soothes the soul and grabs the attention of visitors. There are some other nice ways to bring the outdoors inside. Instead of planting a small forest, I would consider an indoor living wall (vertical garden).

They adorn lavish hotels and commercial space, but there is no reason not to witness this in your residential abode as well. These refreshing installations wildly vary in shapes and sizes, so make it suitable for your space and design goals.

A wall that makes a real statement

Statement walls are increasingly popular ways of injecting style and drama into otherwise blank surfaces. The opportunities when it comes to materials, patterns, and colors are virtually endless. You can smash that quaint wedding china or a dining set to acquire bits and prices of an eclectic wall. Or, incorporate your collections of seashells. The list goes on: I have seen many other majestic ideas such as walls with urban-modern geometric patterns, wood pallets, murals, oversized world maps, etc. And if you want to start smaller, you can do it easily: Go for a whimsical backsplash or experiment with wallpapers.

Outside the box

Some people are not satisfied with being like everybody else. They want to be on the cutting-edge of style and put a special stamp on your living environment.
Do bear in mind that being edgy can be a slippery slope: There is no need to go completely over the top or lose sight of functionality in the process. Then again, don’t hesitate to let your freak flag fly and instill a sense of extraordinary in your home.

Take inspiration from design daredevils and never accept a compromise.

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Old Furniture Deserves a New Life

If you want to have something truly unique in your home without wasting tons of money and, most importantly, increasing your carbon footprint, consider the art of upcycling and repurposing. Even the oldest furniture pieces can look dashing with a little bit of effort. Basically, you can figure out a whole new idea and purpose for an old chair or simply breathe new life into your furniture. There’s no reason to rush into consumer craze when your own creativity can achieve so much, both for your home and the environment.

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Painting and refinishing

If you have some old, shabby-looking wooden furniture pieces, there are plenty of options in store. You can go for a really rustic look by simply sanding the wooden surface. You can leave the piece half-sanded and add paint for a true antique vibe, or refinish the entire piece and give it a fresh coat of paint all over. Of course, you’re not limited to only one color. You can mix and match different shades and patterns in order to get an amazing, unique piece. This project can involve old shelves, tables, chairs, cabinets and whatever else you want to spruce up.

Spray paint to the rescue

Another great way to give your old furniture a new look is to use spray paint. If you’re going to upcycle wooden objects, make sure to sand them first. Pieces made of stone and metal don’t require this step. Recently, metallic style décor has become really popular. In that respect you can add a touch of gold, silver, copper or rose gold to your old pieces in a jiffy. The best thing about this easy trend is that you can choose between matte and shiny spray finishes, and even combine the two. What’s more, there’s this trend of gluing little bits and bobs to larger surfaces, thus making something completely extravagant. Take a look at interesting home décor online to see if anything can be a good match for a such project. You can spray the decorative pieces as well to unify the look.

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Stencils and wallpaper

You can make something even more interesting and eye-pleasing than a simple repainted furniture piece. For example, you can use store-bought stencils or use pretty much anything you want for imprint in order to add a personal touch to your old furniture. On the other hand, wallpapers and decoupage technique can be used to jazz up the entire piece or to add decorative details. For example, you can refinish and repaint your cabinet, but also liven up the cabinet doors with decorative paper, wallpaper, pages from comic books as well as napkins.

Décor bits and pieces

It’s not all about giving a completely new look to your old furniture. Sometimes you just want to improve the furniture you already have. In that respect, you can reupholster your chairs and sofas instead of buying completely new ones. You can give a whole new look to your bed with some nice curtains, thus making a canopy bed. And sometimes, a few tiny tweaks here and there can transform any room. For example, check to see whether your furniture doors need new knobs. Moreover, you can bring old furniture to life by adding beautiful faux plants details that would match a vintage look really well. Also, you can use faux vines to decorate the beds and mirrors even.

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 Repurpose to your heart’s content

Have you ever thought about various ways you can reuse your old things? An old mirror frame can be used as a picture frame and vice versa. Old trunks, chairs and ottomans can be transformed into coffee tables and storage solutions. Your outdoor table can also be a desk, while that tall and sleek wardrobe can end up being a perfect shelf or cabinet. Window shades as well as ladders can be a great solution for vertical gardens, too.

There’s hardly anything furniture-wise that cannot be repaired or reused. In that respect, put your creativity to the test. Play with online ideas and inspirations or try your own out. You may find that the product of your own work is a lot more functional and beautiful than something you can buy.

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Small-Space Trends to Make the Most of Your Home

No matter how spacious your home is, if you cannot fully utilize that space you’re wasting it. Smaller living spaces tend to be more problematic in terms of decoration. But, there are ways in which you can utilize that space completely and make it feel and look spacious. Listed below are several things you should do to make the most out of your home and the living space.small_spaces_1

Only the necessary

When decorating your home, especially when you don’t have a lot of living space, opt for a minimalistic design. Minimalism pays off in these situations, and less is sometimes more. In this particular case, less is definitely more; your space is limited and you cannot fit everything. Don’t go for anything luxurious and bulky; instead, get the things that are of the appropriate size and can fit perfectly into your home. Look for something fancy and modern. Minimalism will fix your clutter issues, and will create additional space for things that you actually need. Your room will receive more light and look vast and spacious. Illusion or not, it’s definitely worth it.

small_spaces_2Try different storage techniques

It’s very important to know the limits of your home. At some point, you will realize that you have too many things and that you simply lack the storage for all of them. The solution is not in purchasing a large cupboard; instead, buy or create drawers and bookshelves which inset in the wall. This will give you plenty of living space and storage space for your belongings. Again, the solution is in minimalism, so try and make the most out of it.

The way you see it

Another very important factor that can really help you make the most out of your home, is lighting. Manipulating light can create an illusion in which your house will actually look bigger and more spacious. Find a way to illuminate your home by using brighter lights. Dim lighting usually makes your room feel smaller, while the bright one does the opposite. There’s plenty of high quality LED lighting which you can buy at your local store. Another option is to simply purchase modern lighting online. Nevertheless, spend some money on extra lighting and make the most of your home.small_spaces_3

The trick with the floor

The thing with your floor is that it is always covered with something so large, that you simply cannot see the full size of your home. To maximize the space and make your home even more spacious, get a small rug and place it on the floor. Smaller rug will give impression of a larger living area. Do not diminish the size of your floor with a large rug; go with a smaller one instead which is both stylish and comfy. There are hundreds of carpets which you can place on your floor, so make sure you find the one that fits the best.

small_spaces_4The color of the wall

Being confined in a small living space can be a nightmare, especially when redecorating. However, you can always try something different; for instance, paint your walls in white or cream or even a subtle grey. These bright tones will give impression of a larger living space, while still keeping the level of style you require. Add patterns and strips to make the walls look even taller/wider.

No matter how small your living space is, if you take the right steps and actions, you could easily turn it into a comfy and spacious home. Rely on your creativity and set your imagination free.

About author: Tracey Clayton is a full time mom of three girls. She loves cooking, baking, sewing, spending quality time with her daughters and she’s passionate for writing. Her motto is: “Live the life you love, love the life you live.” Find her on Facebook.

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Repurposing Your Garage Into A Home Office

If you need more space and moving isn’t an option, it’s time to get creative. Does your home office need to be turned into another bedroom? How about a nursery? With a little planning, you can move your home office into your garage while you make your next move.

garage office 1Your home office will need:

1) Privacy. Is your garage free-standing, or can you access it from your house? Make sure you can secure the garage via the man-door. You don’t want to open the overhead garage door every time you enter or leave the office. Wash the windows if needed and add blinds to give you some control over the natural light.

2) Temperature control. You may need a space heater for chilly days, or a window air conditioning unit. Replacing your existing garage door with an insulated one would be a good investment as well. Better thermal efficiency and noise isolation will keep the bills down while letting you work in peace.

3) Flooring. Sweep out the garage and power wash or hose down and scrub the concrete. Consider adding a coat of concrete floor paint, or get yourself a nice indoor-outdoor rug for your desk space. You’ll want a professional feel while you work. If possible, paint the walls around your workspace to help it feel a bit cleaner.garage office 2

4) Storage. If you currently have a heavy metal file cabinet but don’t want to move it, consider storing important papers in clear plastic tubs. Most people who work from home use their computer more than hard copy. Determine how much paper access you need and plan your storage accordingly.

5) Space to concentrate. It may be eerie to sit at your desk and feel the whole garage space at your back. Consider investing in free-standing screens, or put up a volleyball net behind you and cover it with fabric. As possible reduce the space around you to give yourself an insular sense.

6) Task lighting. While you may have desk lamps, your garage probably has a higher ceiling and may be a bit gloomier. If you need a new lamp or a glass top work table to brighten the space, invest in them. This is your office space, and even a temporary work space needs a bit of dignity. If you limp along on cast-offs in your garage office, you’ll get resentful and won’t be able to do your best work.garage office 3

If you plan to use the other half of the garage for a car, consider building a wall of storage totes or boxes between your space and the car’s space. Work out a communication system with your partner so you get a heads-up when they’re coming home. That way, you can be out of the garage or at least have papers secured when the door opens.

Should you be planning a long-term or permanent conversion of this portion of the garage, build up. Depending on the height of your garage ceiling, you could create a platform for your desk and paper storage. Under the platform you could store tools, tubs, or whatever else you need to store. You could add flooring to the platform, or a rubber mat so you could eventually set up a standing desk.

Eventually, you may choose to frame in your office area and stay in the house. The shortened area between the garage door and your office wall could be a great spot to store bikes, grills, and garden tools.

Use of Metal in Mid-Century Modern Furniture

Starting in 1909, an Italian company called Dalmine started manufacturing seamless steel tubes on commercial basis making it accessible and affordable to the common man. Back then the times known as the Bauhaus era, it was a different concept. Designers believed in creating furniture that is light, durable and not so tight on the pocket. Materials like molded ply were popular, the times were great for masses.

midcent_metal_furniture1 Then in 1914, a Japanese company Nippon Kokan Kabushiki (NKK) started manufacturing steel tubes, and by 1954 we had two manufacturing companies in Latin America. The period in between is filled with evolutions—in Europe, in 1920s, an entrepreneur lady Charlotte Perriand took the first step towards incorporating modern material in furniture. It was her passion that made her to transform her b’ful garret-style Parisian apartment into a workshop, and she started to design and build metal tubular furniture from chrome and aluminum for a “machine age interior”.

After about seven years, in 1927, she held a show at the Salon D’Automne. Her modern ideas and concepts were much admired; especially her rooftop bar design that drew much attention. After the show, Le Corbusier decided to hire her as a furniture designer for his Atelier. She designed furniture with human comfort in mind, some her popular designs being the slingback chair, the LC2 Grand Confort,, the LC2 Grand Confort and a chair for sleeping – B306 chaise lounge using tubular metal as supporting frame.midcent_metal_furniture2

It was in 1926 that Mart Stam carried with him to a conference in Berlin a prototype of his model, the classic tubular metal Cantilever Chair. It inspired other furniture designers such as Mies Van der Rohe, Lilly Reich, Marcel Breuer, and Eileen Gray to devise their own cantilevers.

At the Chicago World’s Fair in 1933, there was an Exhibition displaying a large number of tubular steel furniture. Calling steel as a ‘natural’ material, the exhibition inspired using steel, it being steel age, inviting people to join in the modern times. The Chicago and Grand Rapids Co. of Michigan, began producing large quantities of tubular steel furniture soon later. Donald Deskey’s line of metal furniture was mass-produced around 1930 by the Ypsilanti Reed Furniture Co. A 1930 ad for the company pointed out that Ypsilanti Reed had pioneered steel furniture in America. In the USA, by 1933 the Howell Co. of Geneva in Illinois began mass-producing tubular steel furniture, including the best-selling “Beta,” a chrome-plated, tubular steel and upholstered chair, as well as other innovative chair forms, such as the “S” chairs, with their bent metal frames, that were produced and sold in high volume throughout the 1930s. Gilbert Rohde was among the first American innovators who worked with bent metal to create innovative furniture designs.

midcent_metal_furniture3 The Second World War witnessed many changes in design, followed by manufacturing units moving to US from Europe. Charles and Ray Eames, a team of husband wife are credited with developing innovative metal designs during 1940’s and 1950’s for the Herman Miller Co.

Times have evolved since. Some original tubular designs for modern homes can be witnessed in the making of Marshmallow sofa, Wassily Chair & Eileen Grey Table.