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Contemporary style is a mysterious novelty for some, for others, it is the most desirable interior style. The boundaries of the contemporary style are blurred, so we will try to outline them and explain what is it about.

Contemporary – why another style?

Contemporary is a modern style in the interior that does not have a clear definition and historical implications. That is, this style reflects precisely the interior trends of our days, our decade. It is a contemporary style that fully provides for all the laws of organizing comfortable and ergonomic housing.

What was the new style made of?

In terms of the general atmosphere, the style is similar to Hi-tec and minimalism, but unlike them, it is more comfortable and adapted to life. Instead of plastic in cold shades, eco-friendly materials in warm colors are selected. In other words, this is a luxurious minimalism that uses expensive materials – velvet, marble, wood.

Three style-forming whales of style are simplicity, functionality, and practicality. At the same time, the general atmosphere of such an interior is distinguished by the aristocracy, nobility, and refined flair. The walls are usually painted in calm warm shades, and the ceiling is covered with white plaster. The furnishings are selected with calm, regular forms, and pleasant materials. Floors and walls aren’t the only ways to create striking accents, why not hang original chandeliers and lighting fixtures. Chandeliers are still popular in living rooms, however, tangled tears, curls, and crystals are a thing of the past. Modern chandeliers are simpler, more laconic, and functional. More masculine and structured lighting will create an industrial aesthetic. And black accents create a dramatic impression throughout the room, providing an elegant and timeless appeal. The lighting is carefully thought out for a comfortable stay in the apartment at any time of the day.

Lighting should be suitable for each type of activity separately. For example, a separate illumination of the working area in the kitchen, comfortable warm lighting in the living room, dim floor lamps for evening comfort.

Contemporary is an urban style, and the principles of its organization are based on fashion trends and manufacturability. The apartment does not have abundant details, chic, luxury. The practicality and elegance of the style are captivating. Ergonomic principles are being implemented in all areas of the apartment. Space is organized to the smallest detail. In small studios, doors are replaced with partitions to save space and let more light in.

Non-functional decor elements are not welcome in contemporary interiors. Each item must perform a clearly defined function. Unobtrusive harmonious use of elements of other styles is allowed. Stylistic inclusions should be in harmony with the basis of the interior in color and atmosphere.

The apartment is dominated by neutral shades – white, black, gray, chocolate, coffee, beige, charcoal. Complementary colors are selected harmonious pastel, ambiguous. The choice of textiles is light, calm: you should not choose heavy, “rich” curtains with drapery and frills. Choosing prints in similar color palettes on cushions and table accessories creates a visually interesting solution. Or maybe create a more spacious living room with horizontal lines.

As another design idea, you can use charming lemon accents that will dilute the room from the boring and dreary scale. Keep the remaining decor subdued and neutral for the best effect.

What has been added in the new style?

Leather sofas and French sofas are being replaced by a more sensible and comfortable modular sofa. Popular colors include shades of white, black, gray, blue, and charcoal. Modern furniture of mass production is selected for interior decoration in the contemporary style. To find some spectacular furniture models you can go to nyfurnitureoutlets.com. Austere shapes and proportional lines are combined with noble classic textures. The furniture is simple, comfortable, and laconic. Kitchen and room cabinets are selected with smooth doors without handles and other decorative elements, matte surfaces of complex pastel shades are welcome. Multifunctional built-in wardrobes simulate a smooth wall. The impeccable organization of storage areas provides space and cleanliness in the apartment, it should not be cramped; get rid of the feeling of clutter.

The preferred option is a modular furniture that saves space. Convertible beds, folding sofas, built-in wardrobes. Convertible furniture is very functional and practical to use, more space is saved in the interior. Transforming elements allow you to use them for different purposes. The interchangeability of objects makes it possible to fit new forms into an already existing system.

Finishing materials for contemporary style can be natural and artificial. The main thing is that they are of high quality and environmentally friendly. Most often, the walls are covered with plaster and painted in light colors, or you can glue simple, plain wallpaper without a pattern.

Laminate or parquet is used to finish the floor. The ceiling can be simply painted white or light stretch ceilings can be made.

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Start your days with a better morning routine

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Your morning sets the tone for the day to come. By starting the day with intent you’ll find yourself in a much more productive groove for the rest of the day. Below, we explore how you can improve your morning routine.

Maintain a fixed bedtime and waking time

Your body works better with consistent sleep. Ideally, you’ll sleep at broadly the same time each evening and wake up at roughly the same time. This way, you can enjoy a more restful sleep and feel more energised when it’s time to get going in the morning.

Get out of bed

It can be difficult when you wake up comfily in bed. There’s not much incentive to leave the warmth and start your day! However, by wearing a ladies dressing gown you can take this cosy feeling with you as you make your breakfast and begin your day.  

Avoid your phone

Scrolling through your news feed is a passive activity that can harm your productivity in the morning. It can be tempting to spend a little longer in bed looking at your phone, but this sort of procrastination can result in a slow day. Instead, try leaving your phone in another room to get going quickly.

Focus Your Positive Energy

Try taking a moment to yourself to start the day. By meditating or at least doing deep breathing exercises, you can calm your mind and escape negative thoughts. By focusing your positive energy like this, you can have more clarity throughout the day and avoid stress.

Try self-affirmation

Positive affirmations such as “I am strong, smart, capable and kind” can put you in an excellent mindset to start the day. By being kind to yourself, you can boost your confidence, improve your relationships and put yourself in a great mood to start the day.

Take a Walk

If you’re feeling overwhelmed by the day ahead, a walk can help you clear your mind and prepare for the day. Ideally, you’ll walk around calming trees and greenery to give you a sense of tranquillity before you begin the day.

Choose healthy breakfast options

A healthy breakfast can get your day off to the right start. Whole, unprocessed food is an excellent option – particularly ones containing protein and fibre. Try cooking yourself for eggs, or maybe go for porridge with fruit to begin your day with nutrition.

The way you start your day is crucial. If you begin in an organised, positive way you can set yourself up to have a productive day. It can feel tempting to spend a little longer in bed but being proactive will benefit you in the long run.

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6 Tips on Dressing the Best This Holiday Season

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Dressing your best doesn’t always have to be reserved for the holiday season. However, it is nice to put a little bit more effort into your outfits when you have something to celebrate and look forward to. So, here are some tips to help you pick out some killer outfits this Christmas. You’ll have everyone at the work Christmas party asking, where did she get that from?

Avoid tacky Christmas jumpers

Christmas jumpers may seem like a good idea at the time, but do you really want to look back on your Christmas holiday photos and think, what on earth was I wearing? Saying that, there are a lot of Christmas jumpers out there that are a bit less in-your-face and are more subtle. A simple grey or white Christmas jumper with a minimalist design can be a good way to get in the festive mood, without coming across as too garish.

Layer up

Every year the cold months come upon us, and every year all you hear is ‘it’s got really cold all of a sudden.’ This year is no exception, the cold months are most definitely here. The best way to combat this is to make sure you’re wrapped up and are wearing proper layers to keep you cosy. To ensure that your entire body stays warm, keep your feet warm by wearing two pairs of socks or fluffy socks. Then, when putting your Christmas outfits together, put a vest top underneath your normal t-shirt, or wear a long sleeve top underneath a t-shirt. Layering doesn’t always have to be unfashionable, there are some really simple things you can do to make sure you don’t get too cold this holiday season.

A festive pop of colour can work well

An all-black outfit can be made to look more festive with a simple pop of colour, say a red bag and shoes. Adding an item of colour into an otherwise simple look is a great way to draw attention to your look, as everyone’s eyes are guaranteed to go to your new red luxury bag. Basic black and white outfits look best when adding colour to your accessories, so keep this in mind when styling your Christmas looks. Although it can be tempting to buy a new black bag as this is the safe option, try something new, and invest in a bag with a little bit more colour. It doesn’t have to be super bright, a dark navy or green can look elegant too.

Shimmer looks great at this time of year

It’s usually at this time of year that you see all the sparkly tops, dresses and jumpers come back into fashion stores. This year is no exception. Darker colours, like burgundy and green, can look really festive without the need for a Christmas jumper. If you do want to stand out at your work Christmas party, then opt for an item of clothing with a little bit of shimmer in it, like a glittery top or dress.

Know your crowd

Getting it right at the work Christmas party is a sport. The theme might be ‘smart casual’, what does this really mean? Is a dress too formal, but are jeans too casual? When deciding on what you should wear, think about the kind of people who will also be there, and what they are likely to wear too. For example, you might not want to wear a super revealing dress to a work event, you might be better saving this dress for New Year’s Eve instead. To prevent any fashion faux pas, send a simple ‘what are you wearing tonight?’ text to someone else is going, this way you won’t be over or underdressed.

Just be yourself

It’s the festive season, after all, so don’t worry too much about what you’re wearing and instead concentrate on the things that matter – like spending time with your family and friends. Don’t worry too much about trying to impress other people with your on-trend outfits, and instead refine your own sense of personal style over the Christmas period. This time can be a great excuse for you to experiment with your current wardrobe and accessories, so enjoy it and stay honest with yourself.

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6 Tricks for Decorating Your Living Room on a Budget

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A well-designed living room is a place where you can feel most yourself. Fortunately, you do not need to spend a fortune to freshen up your home. Discover 10 simple but effective tricks that can be used with any budget.

1.      Add Bright Accents

Colors are the easiest way to make a neutral design less bland. For example, you could bring the room to life with a green sofa. If you do not want to make massive changes, opt for small but charming elements. For example, you could stick some colorful stained glass feathers onto the window or style your coffee table with some vases with garden cuttings.

2.      Make the Rug a Centerpiece

A stylish geometric rug will not cost a fortune, but it will pull your room together, completing the interior design. To maximize the effect, arrange the furniture items around it. Throw some matching pillows on the sofa to make the room look even chicer.

The rug should not be too small or too big. In the first case, you may not be able to show off your wooden floor. In the second case, the rug may look suspended in space.

3.      Decorate with Darker Colors

If you want to create a cozy, cocoon-like atmosphere and designer feel, opt for dramatic shades. Even budget brands of wall paint offer rich dark colors. You could use wallpaper instead — for example, navy blue or indigo with interesting patterns like feathers. Even black or slate gray will look great. Remember to add some bright details like a lamp, a ceiling light, or a stained glass table.

4.      Mix Textures

Combine different materials to create a sophisticated but subtle effect. This is particularly effective for neutral color palettes. For example, you could add some metal, tweed, leather, velvet, wool elements, feathers, stained glass, or sheepskin throws.

5.      Change the Layout

Try rearranging the furniture and items to display what you own and create more space. For example, if you have a fireplace, you could place your stained glass lamps and vases symmetrically on both sides to create a more sophisticated look.

6.      Introduce Long Drapes

Order floor-length curtains on demand if you want to evoke the grandeur of stately homes. The curtains do not have to be plain — if you choose a patterned material, they will be more eye-catching. At the same time, they may still be affordable, depending on the fabric. To boost the vibe, add a beautiful chandelier and some stained glass feathers.

Final Words

As you can see, you can freshen up your living room without significant investment. Rearrange the items, add some bright accents like feathers, and play with textures and colors to express a new authentic vision. If you have any vintage items, show them off, too!

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