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Relaxation and Meditation

There are many reasons individuals redecorate a room, whether it be to add space, to reuse the space in a different way, or to obtain a whole new look and feel. No matter what the reason, it’s always a good idea to keep the basic zen elements in mind when you are wanting to attain a peaceful environment. Making a relaxing space is different for everyone. The picture above, taken at the Azul Hotel in Puerto Morelos, Mexico, is an example of a zen-inspired room. While this works well at a hotel, I recommend making your space into something that represents you and will make you feel jubilant, yet rested.

calm environment is an clean environment. Getting rid of anything you don’t need and sorting out the rest will help create an organized and peaceful atmosphere. In the blog, My Journey to Lean, the writer suggests getting rid of everything you haven’t used within a year. If it’s still lingering around untouched between all the holidays, projects and parties, it’s time to toss it.

After you have cleared the space, you must begin to think of a color scheme. Most would assume neutral and earthy tones to be calming, but that isn’t always the case. Think about what suits you and makes you happy! In Sincerely Samantha’s blog, she loves black and white and has created a perfect area for her to enjoy and relax. Even though it’s only two colors, it’s anything but boring. It’s up to you and how you want your space to make you feel. If being at the ocean makes you happy, paint your room blue and decorate accordingly.

If you’re having trouble finding a color or scheme and don’t want to make the commitment to a certain color just yet, here are some examples of the meanings of colors from ColorWheelPro.com:

  • Red – Energy, war, danger, strength, power, determination, as well as passion, desire, and love
  • Brown – stability, masculinity
  • Orange – energy and happiness, increases oxygen supply to brain, stimulates mental activities
  • Yellow – sunshine, joy, happiness, warms, increases mental activity, generates muscle energy, may cause babies to cry more
  • Green – nature, growth, harmony, freshness, healing power, restful, can improve vision
  • Olive Green – peace
  • Blue – sky and sea, depth and stability, trust, loyalty, wisdom, confidence, decreases metabolism, increases calm
  • Purple – stability and energy, power, nobility, luxury, ambition, creativity
  • White – light, goodness, innocence, cleanliness
  • Black – power, elegance, formality, death, evil, mystery

In the end, creating that perfect zen space is all up to you. Discover what makes you happy or where you find true bliss. Choose any color you desire and run with it. Possibilities are endless. Remember, don’t be afraid to try something new or different. There isn’t anything a few coats of paint won’t fix.

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Find Your Treasure

When I purchased my first home a little over a year ago (pictured above), I quickly realized how expensive home decoration pieces are. I also found that many times a particular item I wanted was not in the color I needed for a certain room in my house. I wanted to create this blog to share tips and ideas on how to decorate your space without spending a fortune and to help create that perfect look you desire for each room.

My best advice is to always think outside of the box and always look at the item’s entire potential. The old saying, “One man’s trash is another man’s treasure,” really applies when decorating on a budget. Garage sales are perfect places to find decorating projects for great prices. An old dresser with a few scratches and missing a knob can turn into a beautiful and perfect addition to your home with a few tools, paint and new knobs.  Refreshing an old dresser and making it perfectly fit your color scheme can be done for under $50 and in little time.

Not all projects have to come from old or recycled materials. You can mold and form new materials into something completely different than it’s originally intended purpose. IKEAHackers.net is a great example of molding something from it’s original form into something completely new.  It compiles user-submitted projects, originating from only IKEA furniture and then made into different items and uses. My personal favorite is an example where they purchased IKEA glass shelves and used them as a backsplash for a kitchen (Photo featured on the right). Taking something from it’s original intent and turning it into an entirely different concept is key when decorating on a budget. It will also save you a fortune!

I am looking forward to sharing my tips and tricks for creative and classy decorations to help make your home look stunning.
Please feel free to share any of your ideas!

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