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Adding Area Rugs To A Room Is An Easy Way To Improve The Room

Southwestern Rugs Are My Own Special Decorating Secret

The very first memory I have of decor is important to me was when I was 9-years-old and moved into my own room for the first time.  It was an older home, but I didn’t care because I had my own space!  My favorite part of my new room was the fact that one wall, the entire wall, was a massive cork board.  The possibilities in my 9-year-old mind were endless.  I could not wait to fill that wall with whatever I wanted.  It did not take long until it was full of posters, artwork I had done myself, knick-knacks I somehow managed to get to stay on there, letters from friends, and anything else I loved.  While I’m sure to the trained eye it was quite an overwhelming wall, to me, it was my first opportunity to use decor to express who I truly was.

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That cork board wall represented my interests, my friends, and my passions.  I was so proud of showing my room off to anyone who came over because I had made the connection that how we choose to decorate our space- the space that is solely ours to inhabit- says so much about ourselves.  I didn’t know how to say all of that verbally to everyone who entered my space, but I could let my room speak for me.  This left such a lasting impression on me, that I’ve seen it continue on in my life, whether it was by creatively using blankets as covers for my dorm-issued sofa, or by finding ways to personalize my Ikea purchases for my first off-campus apartment.  I just couldn’t let anything remain the way it was when I moved in because it felt so foreign- I was living in someone else’s definition of themselves and their space.  Changing it and making it my own is always the first thing I do now, so I can feel at peace with my space and what it says about me.  The freedom of expression that comes from decorating your space how you want to is amazing, I will never get tired of it!

Western Styles, Southwestern Styles, Native American Styles – All The Best

The environment we live in impacts our minds and well-being. Our surroundings, the colors we see, and objects all make impressions on our memories, influence our thoughts and moods. Decor, what makes a room unique, matters because it affects our mentality. Mental health is of great importance and the space we are in makes an impression on our cognition. An area decorated with brilliant blue curtains, aqua green knick knacks, intricately designed carpeting with heavenly white furniture may inspire feelings of well-being and energy when you add Native American or Southwest area rugs to your home decorating plan. Bright colors tend to be seen as energetic and happy. An open room with light pastels and uncluttered with a few candles may induce a calming effect. Imagination is a wonderful way to express one’s self. Decorating a room allows one to express their mind’s eye and get creative.

Decorating requires intricacy and precision, which exercises the brain. The placement of ornamentations and their designs can please the eye. The pleasantry of a room can induce the release of the neurotransmitters in the brain which makes us feel content. Being in a certain room can even lower stress levels. In fact, there is research out there that implicates that “blue space” lowers psychological distress. Every aspect of a room has significance. It’s the little details that bring it together. Articles of decor could serve as mementos and an expression of the self. It could be a vase from Africa that ties the room together or the rocking chair that’s been in the family for generations that bring happy memories. The decor of a room can create an environment that is healthier for the mind and induces feelings of wellbeing.

Even the act of decorating a room, being able to pick out the smallest detail that makes the room most functional and beautiful is exciting and benefits mental health. Fun fact, in the game “The Sims”, the more decorations a room has, the happier the sim character is. Thus proving that a room’s decor matters for your mood and contentment. Decor creates the ambiance of the room and sets the tone. In fashioning a beautiful room, a beautiful mind and desired mood can be created.

Decorating My Room With The Passion of 1,000 Suns

It’s all about the little things.

The ‘little things’ don’t necessarily have to be little in size but intricate ideas and pieces that describe the environment one wants to portray in that given space. Therefore, making any given environment a place to call your own. A vital part of creating one’s own personal space is décor.

Décor in any area matters because it sets a mood and creates an ambiance that can be explained throughout the room. The room speaks for itself and can either leave a memorable or unpleasant taste in one’s mouth. The details and nuances throughout an environment produce a personality of its own. For example, college students, like myself, get the same uniform dorm room, but it’s up to us to personalize them and make it our own.

Every resident has their own vision of what their dorm wants to look like and so do people in their houses, apartments, businesses, and individual places to call their own.
Furthermore, it adds importance to a cause. In business and events, décor enhances the event and everything in it. The theme of events and the atmosphere portrayed are displayed throughout the room. The décor can either add or take away from the event. Knowing the difference between what’s needed in different events are crucial to the reason why one throws an event. For instance, one can tell the difference between a charity gala a company holds from a baby shower simply on the décor. Decorations down to materials, furniture, area rugs, table arrangements and colors all have a role to play in impacting an event.

Altogether a room is just a room without anyone to make it their own. Décor is the same as a first impression it can make or break the entire experience. It revamps old styles, livens up one’s mood, or create a fresh start. Décor in any environment whether at home, dorm, or business events are crucial to putting one’s trademark on a given space.

Decorating My Rustic Home

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How I Decorated My Rustic Home

I never realized how much the décor around me was actually a reflection of my life until I sat down one day with my grandson looking through some old photo albums. As we looked through the pages, I couldn’t help but notice the backgrounds in the photos. I thought about how the rooms around us reflect our personalities and where we are on our life’s journey. As our life changes, so does the décor around us.

Growing up in my childhood home, I remember my world always being bright, sunny and soft. This made sense as my mother loved yellow. Shades of yellow on the walls, daisies on our plates and sheets. We never had much money, but we always had sunshine and brightness in our lives. Orange shag carpets on the floors were like walking in the sun. Thick pile that I can still feel between my fingertips. The art on the walls were the pictures my brother, sister and I drew. Pictures of the ocean and beaches that we never could afford to go to, sand color linoleum on the kitchen floor. Love and laughter showed in the Polaroids, the colors faded in the pictures but not to me.

When I got married, we had a small apartment with white walls that we were not allowed to paint. We hung drapes and a blind on the living room wall that had no window just so we could have some color in our lives. Spring green carpets and sky blue sheets over a secondhand couch were where we loved and lived in those early years. Pink curtains and blankets came when the girls were born. Pictures of their first steps taken across the black and white checkerboard tile. Later playing checkers with the pots and pans. My youngest daughter’s room entirely done in Tinkerbell, even the paint is Tinkerbell purple from Disney. Now my children’s artwork hangs everywhere. School pictures line the walls, knickknacks on the shelves made by little hands. Anything “nice” got broken, our coffee table was scratched and water stained. We laughed and told ourselves we could always buy a new living room set once the girls were older.

The year after my husband left, the pictures changed again. Every room is done in different shades of grey. Blackout blinds in the bedroom because I had to work nights. We had a cheap indoor/outdoor carpeting on the floors, no-nonsense, nonconforming stuff that did not invite my teenage daughter’s friends to come and hang out. The new furniture I finally bought was charcoal grey, the side tables were black metal and glass. I remember trying not to feel much in those days, not liking who I was very much. Our decor, or lack of any, clearly reflected how I felt. That year, was literally, not pretty.

Some of us spend a lot of time and money on our surroundings, but for most of us, we gather the pieces throughout our lives. I look around my home now and I see all the colors and some of the pieces I’ve lived with through the years. The yellows of my childhood are now on the walls in my kitchen, the checkerboard tile in the bath from my first apartment. I kept the metal end tables, they are now in the playroom that the grandkids use. I do have some pretty cool new carpets, one with city streets on them so the kids can run their cars up and down. I have my grandmothers rocking chair and my mothers hutch in the living room that always makes the room feel like home. I have never had much interest in decorating, I never could make my rooms look like the ones in the magazine. It’s OK because my house looks like my home and is a reflection of the people who live in it. We have decorated it with the moments of our lives, and that is what matters to us.