Modern Interiors Where Classical Art & Sculpture Steal Centrestage

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Classical art & sculpture steal centrestage in these three modern home interiors, adding time transcending attraction and intrigue. The art pieces instill character into their modern surroundings, build culture, and create a worldly, sophisticated air. One of our home tours combines these classical art pieces with a colourfully eclectic setting in Manhattan, where huge and luxurious rooms brim with decadence. Our second home tour unfolds under dramatic archways that frame a meeting of modern furniture, contemporary lighting, and traditional mural painting. Finally, the third home design we will tour edges us into the future, where classic art becomes the backdrop for an eye-catching futuristic kitchen design and unique geometric furniture and accessories.

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The first of our two home tours is a Manhattan apartment with a sophisticated eclectic vibe. Four metre high wooden ceilings tower above a luxurious living room that’s filled with bold colours, dark wooden floors, and a hint of neo-classicism.

The large living room is split into two separate lounge areas. At the back of the room, an L-shaped sectional sofa arrangement, two eye-catching upholstered lounge chairs and a low-profile bench seat make up a sociable, conversational layout. A powerful, muscular bust watches over the seating area, whilst a floral mural provides delicate balance.

A large area rug pulls the lounge furniture together on a neutral pale grey island. Chartreuse scatter cushions on the sofa playfully clash with the dusky rose lounge chairs.

A modern floor lamp creates a brightly lit reading area at one end of the sofa.

Other artworks in the room carry a faces theme with splashes of vibrant colour.

An enviable home workspace in front of a spectacular city view provides an inspiring environment. The desk itself stands as a sculptural piece on strikingly contoured legs.

The classically inspired artwork comes with a provocative twist that gives the decadent room a sensual energy.

In the second lounge area, yellow ottomans draw colour inspiration from the flames of the modern fireplace, whilst teal upholstered sofas cool the room palette.

Modern wall sconces flank the modern fireplace and a wall mounted TV.

A leopard slinks into view at the end of a dramatically dark hallway.

In the luxury dining room, a large marble dining table comfortably serves eight dinner guests. The chic, curved dining chairs are the Platner armchair designed by Warren Platner for Knoll.

Two exquisite dining room chandeliers drip with light-catching crystals above the table. Classical busts decorate each side of the edge-to-edge window.

One entire wall of the dining room is dedicated to wine storage and serving.

Wine glasses are hung the length of the bar area to ensure one is never without a clean drinking vessel.

A massive wall mural depicts a deep gallery of classical sculpture.

Traditional ceiling roses frame the chandelier mounts, whilst modern perimeter lighting glows around the edge of tiered crown moulding.

Inside the master bedroom, an upholstered bed continues the teal accent from the living room. By the fireplace, baroque inspired wallpapered panels communicate the dusky pink element of the decor palette.

A brass pendant light hangs a taste of Art Nouveau above the bedroom lounge, which also flavours the four armchairs below. Two side tables drop in a jolt of daring purple.

The large glass wardrobe builds added depth in the bedroom.

A brass bedroom pendant light is paired with each brass bedside table.

The end of bed bench is fashioned out of two teal ottomans that coordinate with the bed upholstery.

A bedroom rug clasps the two ottomans and bedside tables together with the bed, to crisply differentiate the sleeping area from the bedroom lounge.

A sculpture embellishes the walkway that leads around into the master ensuite.

Inside the ensuite, a marble and brass double sink bathroom vanity lustres beneath punchy purple mood lighting. The colourful illumination glows from backlit bathroom mirrors, and spills upon modern geometric wall tiles.

A full-size Venus de Milo statue stands beside the bathtub.

An art rug creates a colourful core in the room.

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Archways frame a meeting of modern furniture and traditional mural painting in our second art enriched home design. In the living room, modular sofas create a border of comfort underneath an arch that spans the entire space.

A round coffee table is fashioned out of smooth microcement to match the floor.

The warm meld of yellow tones within the wall art inspires the modern furniture upholstery.

Contemporary globe pendant lights hang like fully waxed moons.

One pendant serves the lounge, whilst three make a closely-packed statement above the dining table.

Matching globe table lamps add task lighting by the sofa.

The oval dining table complements the spherical lights and the arches in the architecture.

Rounded-back dining chairs continue the elegant rounded aesthetic.

Divine canvases grace the walls of the living room dining room combo.

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Finally, we flash forward to a futuristic home interior, where classical artwork juxtaposes hard, geometric furniture lines.

A classical wall mural of cherubs brings a burst of glorious colour into a beautiful little reading nook by the futuristic kitchen, creating an imaginative getaway.

Geometric home accessories decorate the kitchen countertop.

Copper trims warm up the cool kitchen palette, where they attractively frame backlit glass wall cabinets that are filled with decorative vases.

Chiseled kitchen bar stools join a web of geometric pattern in the futuristic kitchen design. The geometric motifs and silhouettes are counterbalanced by the fluid lines of sculptural artwork.

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Athena Calderone’s Secret to Avoiding the Rug Mistake Everyone Makes

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Athena Calderone, Brooklyn-based designer and Eyeswoon founder, is no stranger to good design. A peek into her backyard terrace proves that she can expertly mix budget-friendly tile with vintage lighting. And she surely knows her way around a bathroom reno. But even with her enviable Instagram feed and site, that doesn’t mean she’s all about perfection.

In her new line for Beni, a collaboration between Calderone and the brand’s cofounders, Robert Wright and Tiberio Lobo-Navia, she’s created 16 Moroccan-made woven rugs and runners that find pleasure in the patina. In fact, the collection is called Broken Symmetry, a nod to its purposefully imbalanced design. “Moroccan rugs have all these natural imperfections,” says Calderone, which is why her checkerboard rug, for instance, doesn’t rely on matching squares. 

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To sketch out the floor coverings, Calderone took inspiration from Mexican architect Luis Barragán, who influenced the earthy palette, and painter Agnes Martin. “I love how Martin played with a rhythm and a cadence of stripes or cubes,” she says. “They all feel just a little bit off.”  

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When choosing a new rug for your space (Imbalance and Resolute are two of her favorites), Calderone has some advice: “Oftentimes people buy a rug that’s smaller than their sofa,” she says. “I don’t think that a rug needs to go fully under the backside of your sofa, but I do think it needs to be either the same width or ideally wider, so you can identify the space.” When a rug is too small, a room can feel, well, imbalanced—but not in the perfectly imperfect way of her new collection. 

Domino’s editors independently curate every product on our site, because we’re just as obsessed with a great deal and an under-the-radar discovery as you are. Items you purchase may earn us an affiliate commission.

Paint trends 2022 – key colours and paint effects setting the tone in our homes

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A simple paint shade can have an immense affect on our emotions, happiness and well-being. Getting the colour scheme right has never been more key for creating a contented happy home. Our homes are our own personal sanctuary, a space where we want to feel safe, comforted and – above all else – happy.

Thinking of giving walls, woodwork or even ceilings a coat of fresh colour? These are the trending colours to embrace for any DIY and decorating for the year ahead. As well as the latest colours our colour and paint experts explore the latest trends in how to use paint within our living spaces.

Paint trends 2022 – influential colours to choose

Colour plays such a huge role in how we live within our homes. The colours we thoughtfully select for our walls serves as the backdrop to our everyday lives. More than purely decorative, colour is emotive meaning it can change how we feel in our own personal sanctuary – away from the outside world.

1. Welcoming bright skies inside

blue living room with neutral sofa and plants

Image credit: Dulux

‘Bright Skies’ has been chosen as the Dulux Colour of the Year 2022. The shade of uplifting light blue offers a much-needed invigorating breath of fresh air our homes. Reminiscent of a clear sky, filled with promise, the gentle blue colour reminds us to ‘look up’ and feel optimistic as we emerge from the darkness of the last year.

‘Right now, people want to feel revitalised and enjoy the freedoms that are returning to them, to look out and bring in new ideas. What better inspiration can we take than the endless skies around us?” says Marianne Shillingford, creative director of Dulux UK.

‘In the living room, consider using Bright Skies in places you would love more natural light. In small or narrow spaces it will make them feel more spacious, and blue aids concentration so it’s also one to consider for a home office.

2. Cocooning with saturated colour

dark green blue bedroom

Image credit: Paint & Paper Library, walls in ‘Kigali’

‘Rather than a trend for a particular colour in 2022 at Paint & Paper Library we are seeing a move towards deep, saturated shades, darker tones that create a sense of intimacy and comfort’ explains Andy Greenall Head of Design, Paint & Paper Library.

‘This move to a cocooning, sheltered warm feeling sees colours such as blackened denim ‘Kigali’, mid tone ‘BTWN Dog & Wolf’, Deep and warm ‘Muga’, charcoal toned blue ‘Squid Ink’, tranquil ‘The Botanist’ and rich and welcoming brownish red ‘Masai’ rising to the for, and being embraced not only on walls, but on ceilings and woodwork too.’

3. Uplifting shades of optimism

yellow kitchen with dining table

Image credit: Little Greene

‘As we move towards 2022 the desire for warm, welcoming and optimistic shades continues,’ says Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director Little Greene. ‘With customer confidence in colour reflected in the rise of joyful shades such as ‘Indian Yellow’ and ‘Giallo’ as well as the move from greys and whites into warmer, richer natural stone and sandy hues.

4. Colour drenching

Green kitchen

Image credit: Little Greene

‘Colour confidence and the move away from white woodwork and skirting sees the Colour Drenching trend continue’ says Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director Little Greene.

So what is colour drenching? Ruth explains, ‘With the use of mid-strength tones, in one or closely related colours being used to create considered, cohesive enveloping interiors that elongate spaces, allowing the colour to remain the focal point and creating a strong design statement.

Image credit: Paint and Paper Library

This green living room idea is a fine example of colour drenching, with all surfaces painted in the same cohesive shade.

5. Going for full gloss finishes

Blue gloss painted door leading into white hallway with red border wall

Image credit: Farrow & Ball, School House White walls; Stone Blue full Gloss on the door

As trends evolve in how we decorate our homes so do the trends on paint finishes. From flat matt to high-shine gloss the finish ultimate determines the end result. Farrow & Ball’s colour curator Joa Studholme is predicting a resurgence in 2022 of glossy paint effects.

‘The traditional values of Full Gloss are perfect for use in homes in 2022 and can be introduced sparingly and in surprising ways. Perhaps on a door or a kitchen unit’ Joa suggests. Explaining how the use of gloss paint, ‘ adds a modern feel with a suitably vintage flavour.’

6. Painted ceilings

dining room with blue ceiling

Image credit: Dulux

Call it the fifth wall, 2022 is set to be the year we include the ceiling in all paint ideas. ‘Bright Skies works perfectly in all rooms, especially ones in which you want to feel uplifted and energised’ says Marianne Shillingford, creative director at Dulux.

‘It has a magical effect when used on the ceiling by visually melting it away and connecting with the sky itself. Bring the colour down on to the walls by about 20-30cm too to enhance the feeling of airy summer freshness.’

7. Comforting colour

peach wall colour in kitchen

Image credit: Family Tree (Green); Cushion Craze (peachy tan) by Crown

After all the uncertainty of recent years it’s no wonder we’re still craving comforting colours for our homes, shades that make us feel grounded. For AW21 the experts at Crown predict a palette of comforting colours inspired by rural landscapes – as we dream of escapism. One of the key colours is tan, a peachy earthy tone that feels bold but balanced.

Crown have called this the ‘Integrity’ trend. For which Justyna Korczynska, from the Crown Design Studio, says, ‘Social and environmental consciousness has become an important factor in our lives, and it influences the choices we make. Products that are locally sourced, carefully crafted and made of natural materials are becoming more sought after. Those products and materials bring their own colour palette with them. Those colours, mostly inspired by nature and natural materials create calm and harmonious spaces.’

pink and terracotta beroom

Image credit: Cushion Craze and Powdered Clay by Crown

Present in the global trends last summer, it’s set to be ever more present in the coming seasons. We are of course talking about the use of earthy tones. Pinterest revealed searches for ‘terracotta walls’ increased by 86 per cent, year on year, in the UK in 2020. This rich, warm shades sits in a colour palette of plaster pink, burnt orange, spiced ochre and charcoal black – all pigments drawn from natural materials.

8. Restorative new neutrals

neutral kitchen

Image credit: Little Greene

There’s been a resurgence in recent years of more milky and almond toned neutrals, as opposed to the colder tones feature on the grey scale. ‘I see 2021 as being a year of creating cocooning, cosy spaces, there will be a shift away from the cooler greys, and warm neutrals such as ‘Oak Apple’, ‘Mushroom’ and ‘Bath Stone’ will become the go-to tones,’ explains Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director Little Greene.

‘These colours are perfect for creating restful living spaces that bring a sense of comfort to the home. These more neutral tones work fantastically as a base from which to introduce a colour highlight on the skirting boards or a door.

off white kitchen with navy blue units

Image credit: Threadneedle No.262 (on walls) by Mylands

‘Pure White is always on our bestsellers list but it’s been really interesting to see some newcomers which are full of confident colour.’ says Dominic Myland, CEO at Mylands paint. ‘Threadneedle No.262 brings a subtle hint of colour’.

This light, fresh and welcoming neutral is a happy neutral compromise to all white walls. It is a refined and subtle pale pink, white with a hint of orange and umber – the perfect colour to make other shades pop whilst adding a hint of rosy warmth in the process.

Continuing Paint trends from 2021

9. Calm inducing grounded tones

Brace ground Dulux colour in the living room

Image credit: Brave Ground by Dulux

Dulux’s Colour of the Year 2021, Brave Ground was carefully selected to neutralise our homes throughout 2021 and beyond. This warm neutral feels both comforting and grounding. It’s not a ‘wow’ shade, but that’s the beauty of this neutral hue – it’s the understated allure which we are being inspired to draw upon. Plus it pairs beautifully with so many different colour palettes, adapting to its surroundings.

This earthy shade aims to create a safe space in which we can take comfort from the changing world outside. The paint experts at Dulux have identified the warm and grounding neutral shade as ‘the colour that will enable people to draw upon the strength of nature to help them find the courage to embrace the future.’

Image credit: Valspar, Brown Bunny painted on the walls

This warm and earthy shade is perfect for creating a chic and contemporary scheme with homes for the year ahead. The delicately light brown matches perfectly with sleek modern furnishings, gold fixtures and green accessories to achieve a sophisticated elegance.

‘We’re constantly battling being busy in all aspects of life and more and more we’re seeking respite from stress with products, tools and services that balance our fast-paced lifestyles’ Sue Kim, Valspar’s Senior Design Expert.  ‘Creating a welcoming interior to come home to will reduce feelings of anxiety to allow you to really enjoy the space you’re in.’

‘Neutral tones such as ‘Brown Bunny’ are restful, yet stimulating and help to create a clean and balanced design. Chalky whites also blend quietly with these colours so you are left with a calming interior that will rejuvenate your mind after a busy day.’

10. Lush landscapes of serene green

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Image credit: Future PLC/ Dominic Blackmore

Is green the new grey? It’s everywhere in interiors right now. It’s synonymous with nature and calming qualities, which could explain its popularity for creating a contented home.

‘Green is quite simply luscious in the truest sense of the word’ exclaims David Mottershead, MD of Little Greene. ’From velvety dark greens to the light and uplifting tones, greens can be used all over the home and have a powerful, restorative quality. Used in home offices, green shades aid contemplation and deep thought.

Use your walls like a landscape of surrounding fields. Whether you live in the country or aspire to call it home, painting walls in lush green is a step closer to feeling at one with nature. All of the paint experts are in agreement that are homes will be embracing green more than ever next year.

Utility room painted in Farrow and ball Smoke green

Image credit: Green Smoke No.47 by Farrow & Ball

‘Bringing the elements of the natural world into our interiors encourages personal growth as well as evoking a feeling of calm’ explains Joa. ‘All greens reinforce our connection to nature and create the perfect welcoming start to the journey through your home’.

Green is a particularly popular choice to breathe new life into living room ideas and create a feeling of tranquility with green bedroom decorating ideas.

11. Notes of delicious Olive green

Olive green living room

Image credit: Bancha by Farrow & Ball

Our style team have been noting the abundance of Olive green springing up in new season trend collections. And here are what the experts say on the shade…

‘In the bedroom olive green can help to create a serene environment,’ says Charlotte Cosby, head of creative at Farrow & Ball. ‘lt’s also suited to rooms that overlook nature. The colours from the great outdoors will further enhance the green tones of the walls and create a relaxing outdoor feel in your home.’

olive green kitchen

Image credit: Future plc

‘Paler olive has a grey undertone, so works naturally with soft greys – a combination that’s extremely calming and peaceful,’ says Judy Smith, consultant at Crown. ‘With this look, keep to a tonal palette and paint woodwork the same colour as the walls to give a harmonious feel.’

‘Olive green is a great colour for east-facing rooms,’ says Cathryn Helsby, marketing manager and colour expert at Earthborn. ‘These spaces often have green/blue undertones and it’s best to play to this. Similarly, olive would also work well in north-facing rooms: instead of competing with the lack of light, we recommend embracing it.’

12. Backdrops of beige

neutral living room with mustard yellow chairs

Image credit: Crocky Road by Earthborn

It’s been noted that the new neutrals are harking back to beiges of days gone by. Remember ‘Natural Hessian’ and ‘Calico’ of the 2000s? They are back but with new names and shades, as we welcome neutrals with a warmer undertone to that of greys.

Perfectly timed for the rise of the new neutrals is a new shade at Earthborn. Launched as part of new ‘Earth Collection’, Crocky Road is predicted to be one of the most coveted tones of 2021.
‘Our brand-new colour Crocky Road is set to be a hugely popular shade in interiors this year and next’ says Cathryn Helsby, Head of Creative Marketing, Earthborn.

‘This natural, cool beige with a faint green undertone carries a calming, easy- going, earthy quality. A perfect colour to live with in both a modern and traditional home, and wonderful to pair with pops of bright accessories.’ We love the imaginative living paint idea using a contracting colour as a border as a picture rail.

Image credit: Crocky Road by Earthborn

A neutral wall colour can go a long way to creating a soft and warming interior space. A strong neutral provides the perfect backdrop to compliment trendy darker hues or statement furniture pieces.

13. Cleaner shades of blues

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Image credit: Stiffkey Blue by Farrow & Ball

Another calming colour that pays homage to the natural world is blue. Always a popular choice for decorating, this watery marine shade helps to add a serenity to any room. But how is this hue changing for our tastes in 2021, going into 2022?  ‘The blues best suited to anchoring our homes are cleaner tones like lively Pitch Blue, fresh Ultra Marine Blue, and the darker, inkier Stiffkey Blue’ Farrow & Ball’s colour curator Joa Studholme.

‘These uncomplicated shades feel familiar, like memories from our childhood, so have a soothing effect in the home despite their cooler undertones.’

blue painted wall panelling

Image credit: Aftershow (darker blue); Marble Top (light blue) by Crown

Combining on-trend dark with a paler blue helps to add depth to a blue decorating scheme – reminiscent of the sea with it’s different blue tones.

14. Warming reds tones

red bedroom

Image credit: Little Greene

In times of uncertainty we often crave warmer tones, ones that will enrich our homes and create a cocooning sanctuary to shut ourselves away. Moving away from charcoal greys and navy blues, with a colder outlook, this year we’re steering towards the warmer tones of reds and plum. These rich saturated hues are effortlessly chic by day and cosy by night, welcoming a grounded but luxurious atmosphere to any room.

‘Bold yet natural pairings are also on trend, with strong greens being paired with striking tones such as ‘Chocolate Colour’, or rich ‘Baked Cherry’ in combination with ‘Invisible Green’ to create dramatic yet intimate and inviting interiors’ explains Ruth Mottershead, Creative Director Little Greene.

 15. Expressive accents

Living room wall painted with red and blue block feature

Image credit: Crown

While many of the trends are paired-down, there’s one such trend that is ready to shout! That is the expressive trend, where colour is made to stand out. Used as accents this trend sees braver colours adding vitality and a punch of personality to our homes.

For AW21 Crown has identified this trend as ‘Layers’ ‘Inspired by aspects of conceptual architecture’. The key for using these striking accent colours is to layer them, picking out feature walls and architectural detail to make an impact with the bold colour – without overpowering the whole room.

Use vibrant shades of red, blue and green against contrasting neutrals to make a style statement.

teals walls home office

Image credit: Paint & Paper Library

‘I feel colour trends will move into deeper richer tones. With burnt oranges, deep yellows and warm browns such as ‘Muga’ and ‘Rufus’ both as accents and statement tones. Alongside the ever-popular deep greens and blues of colours such as ‘Teal’, ‘Plimsoll’ and ‘Blue Blood’’ explains Andy Greenall, Head of Design, Paint & Paper Library.

‘As well as a renewed focus on rich warm colours, I feel 2021 will see consumers focus on the power of finish. And the effect it has on the use of colour. I think finishes will be used in surprising situations to add to the atmosphere of a design scheme. From velvety soft, chalky matt finishes to high sheen dramatic gloss on walls and woodwork – finish will become as important as colour.’

With so many glorious paint trends, there’s never been a better time to embrace a fresh new colour for walls.

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Weekend Reading 9.19.21

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Hello friends, how is your September so far? I’m a bit sad having had to postpone my trip to Spain but I’ve been enjoying our California fall weather so no complaints! My birthday is next week and a group of my girlfriends are planning a special outing and I’m not allowed to know the details. 🙂

Today I’m prepping the walls to install the wallpaper in the bathroom at our flip property, it’s so close to being done.  I’ll be featuring that transformed space very soon!

Cozy textiles and the most beautiful paint colors fill this country cottage. (Before pictures here).

Tour the 2021 Real Simple home (loving that green painted home office).

Find calm coastal vibes in this family home on Seabrook Island.

Cool DIY project: how to make a concrete lookalike coffee table top.

Pretty interior plant styling ideas.

11 cities in danger from rising sea levels.

The creation behind the wrapped Arc de Triomphe in Paris.

22 grocery store marinara sauces ranked.

Vacation spot of the week: Es Bec D’Aguila in Menorca, Spain.

Reexamining the impact of our phones and who we follow.

How Much Is A Mobile Home In 2021?

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The number of mobile homes in the United States is decreasing and is expected to continue decreasing over the years. This isn’t necessarily a good thing or a bad thing, but if you want to help flatten that curve, then contribute by buying a mobile home.

How Much Is A Mobile Home

But before you do, make sure you know what you’re getting yourself into. Check out these fasts as well as the average cost of each type of mobile home. Get your facts together and make your decision without regrets.  

How Much Is A Mobile Home?

The cost of a mobile home isn’t a set number. Just like any other type of housing, there is a large range. According to Cost Helper, there is an average for each type of home. These are the three types of mobile homes and the average price in 2021. 

  • Single-Wide Average: $37,100
  • Double-Wide Average: $73,600
  • Triple-Wide Average: $100,000+

Now, this is the average cost for a mobile home in general. If you are building a new mobile home, the prices are about 30% more. If you shop for repos or older models, you can get them for a lot less. 

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Types Of Mobile Homes

Knowing the cost of different types of mobile homes isn’t very helpful if you don’t know the size of each type. After all, most people don’t know the difference between a single-wide and a double-wide by looking.

So check out this briefing of the three types of mobile homes so you can find out which one is right for your family. Shopping without keywords is difficult, so find out which one you want to look for.

Single-Wide Mobile Home

The average range for a single-wide is 600 to 1,300 square feet. There are rarely more than two bedrooms and often only one bathroom. They are 18 feet or less in width, and 90 feet or less in length.

Single-wide mobile homes are half the size of a standard home in the United States. If you live alone or only with one other person, then a single-wide is all you will need. The average person doesn’t need more than 500sqft alone. 

Double-Wide Mobile Home

The average size for a double wide is 2,000 to 2,500 square feet. They are at least 20 feet wide yet 90 feet or less in length. Most of them have at least two bedrooms and two bathrooms. They also have entryways and dining rooms. 

Double-wide homes are the same size as standard homes in the United States. Average-sized families will need a double-wide to fit comfortably. But if you have more than four or five people, you may want to upgrade.

Triple-Wide Mobile Home

The average size of a triple-wide is between 3,000 and 4,500 square feet. They are usually shorter than double-wides as they appear more square than oblong. They often look very similar to a property-built home.

Triple-wides are larger than most other homes in the United States. But if you have a family of five or more, it might be necessary. Large families have trouble with just two bathrooms and two or three bedrooms. 

Mobile Home Vs. Motorhome Vs. Prefab Home

Mobile Home Vs. Motorhome Vs. Prefab Home

One of the reasons that the popularity of mobile homes is decreasing is because other types of similar homes are becoming more popular. Check out the differences so there will be no more confusion in the future. 

What Is A Motorhome?

A motorhome is a recreational vehicle that is designed to transport families like a car but also designed to live in like a house. It doesn’t have a foundation but rather can be placed on concrete pads anytime. 

Motorhomes have built-in water and electric systems while mobile homes need to be hooked up to separate systems. They need a foundation to operate and aren’t nearly as “mobile” as motorhomes.

What Is A Prefab Home?

A prefab home may look similar to a mobile home, but the truth is that a prefab home isn’t mobile at all. While mobile homes used to be more mobile than they are now, prefab or modular homes are very different.

A prefab home is a home that is built off-site and then set on-site for the owner to use as a home. While a mobile home is also built off-site on most occasions, it is designed to be moved if necessary. A prefab home is just a normal home that is built off-site. 

What Is A Tiny Home? 

A lot of people assume all prefab homes or motor homes are tiny homes. This isn’t the case. A tiny home is simply a home that is under certain square footage. Mobile homes and prefab homes are usually considered small homes, not tiny homes.

Tiny homes come in two types. Tiny houses on wheels and tiny houses on foundations. So, tiny houses on foundations work like any other house while tiny houses on wheels work like a motorhome. 

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Mobile Home Vs. Modular Home

These two are compared more often than the other types of homes when comparing homes to mobile homes. These two homes can look very similar to the untrained eye so they are often confused for one another.

But the two are different. But modular homes are actually more similar to site-built homes. Or rather homes that are built by standard measures with standard local codes in place and built with a permit. 

But mobile homes often have different rules than modular homes. This is because mobile homes are “grandfathered” in. They are built before 1976 and they follow the old rules unless they are being relocated. 

Are Mobile Homes Safer Than Modular Homes?

The short answer is that no, mobile homes are not safer than modular homes. In fact, the opposite is true. Because mobile homes can often evade modern-day rules and codes, they are not near as safe as modular homes.

Modular homes follow all the same rules that standard-built homes do. They aren’t built on-site but they are built up to code and they are placed on-site with the same laws that any other home is built. 

Pros And Cons Of Mobile Homes

Pros And Cons Of Mobile Homes

Mobile homes have their fair share of flaws, but they also have a lot to offer. Take a look at these lists so you can weigh the pros and cons on your own because we all have different priorities. 


  • Quick – you can get a used mobile home next week if you want. But even if you want to buy a new one, or build one, it can be completed and the paperwork processed in less than a month. This is much faster than other homes.
  • Cheaper – square footage-wise, a mobile home can cost half as much as other homes. If you buy one used, you can get a really good deal, but the newer they are, the safer they will be. Original mobile homes don’t follow the same codes.
  • Lower Taxes – because they aren’t considered real estate property, mobile homes don’t have property taxes so you can save a lot of money here. Especially considering the average annual property tax is over $3000.
  • Mobile – that’s easy to assume! Although mobile homes aren’t as mobile as they used to be, they can be moved. You can hire professionals to have your home moved to a new location in mere days.
  • They Are Now Safe – when they came out in the 70s, mobile homes were quite unsafe. But now, they are much safer. Not many people have serious problems with their mobile homes that other homeowners don’t have.
  • Custom Builds – not only can you have a home built in a month, but you can also have that home the way you want it. Most companies have base models that you can design the way you want. Who doesn’t want a custom home?


  • Value Decreases – unfortunately, the second that mobile home leaves the lot, its value will decrease. Unless you make major changes, it will continue to decrease the longer you own it. This isn’t always true with other homes.
  • Hard To Finance – because you can’t get a real estate loan, it can be difficult to finance a mobile home. We’ll talk more about how you can get a mobile home financed later. It happens all the time, it just isn’t simple.
  • Not As Sturdy As Others – although mobile homes are much sturdier than they were twenty or thirty years ago, they aren’t as sturdy as regular homes built on foundations. Maybe one day they will be.
  • Different Laws – even if you know all of the laws on properties, you need to learn the codes when it comes to mobile homes. Things are different by state so if you move to a new state, make sure you know the differences.
  • Stigmas – you may not think about this one, but it is true. Sadly, there is a stigma and stereotype for people who live in mobile homes. So if you care what people think, then keep this in mind.

Mobile Home Foundation Types

Mobile Home Foundation Types

There aren’t that many different types of mobile home foundations, but you’d be surprised how many foundations you can transform into mobile home foundations. These are your primary options for mobile home foundations. 


This concrete slab is the most common type of foundation in America, for almost any type of home. The only problem is that the plumbing and wiring need to be installed before the concrete is poured.

A floating slab foundation can be difficult with a mobile home because you can’t use an old slab that had a different placement for the plumbing. It needs to be tailored to fit the mobile home and is not universal. 


A pier foundation is a cement cylinder set into the ground below the frost line, ensuring a safe foundation that is easy to level. Most of the time, piers are paired with beams that go above the ground.

Together, they create a nice frame for the house to rest on. The beams can be different lengths as can the piers above the ground. This makes for a foundation that you can install on a hill or in a valley. 


Most people don’t consider getting a basement foundation if they have a mobile home. But it is entirely possible to build a basement foundation for a mobile home as long as a professional is in charge.

This is because mobile homes need a very strong foundation or else they could collapse or fall over with the slightest push, usually from bad weather. But it can add a lot of fo space if done right and offer a lot of benefits. 


Crawlspaces are one of the more popular options in areas of high humidity areas for mobile homes.  They keep the home off of the ground to prevent moisture from gathering and to make it easy to maintain. 

The plumbing is installed underneath where someone can easily crawl in and repair it and winterize it. Winterizing is important with crawlspaces so make sure you do it ahead of time to prevent freezing pipes. 

Mobile Home FAQs

Mobile homes have a lot of questions lingering about them, but luckily, because of the age of mobile homes, the questions are all answered. Here are the answers to the most gnawing mobile home questions. 

Why Are Mobile Homes Going Up In Price? 

There are a couple of reasons the prices of mobile homes are going up. The main reason is that the prices of almost everything have been going up these past few years, not to mention, the housing market is booming.

This can affect the prices of mobile homes in more than one way. Because even if the prices do go up, they are still cheaper than almost any other type of home, so it’s affordable to those who can’t afford another type of home.

Are Mobile Homes A Good Investment?

They can be. If you find some mobile homes for a really good deal, you can actually fix them up, or flip them, and resell them. This can be risky as they aren’t always on the rise, so you have to wait for the right moment.

Stick to buying homes in good condition and remodeling them with nice-looking decor, flooring, and wall coverings. It’s important to start with a good base so that you know you are buying a safe home. 

Is It Cheaper To Build Or Buy A Mobile Home?

It isn’t possible to build a mobile home as mobile homes are buildings that were built in the 1970s and before. So it is always cheaper to buy a mobile home. If you want to build, there are other options.

Modular homes can be built and customized. Barndominiums can also come in kits or be built from scratch. They are a fun, open-concept building that can be an alternative to standard homes built on-site. 

Why You Should Never Buy A Mobile Home?

There are plenty of reasons to buy a mobile home, but in general, it is best to steer clear if you have another option. Living in one temporarily because it is available to you is fine, but be on the lookout for something new. 

Because mobile homes are almost never up to code. They are usually not nearly as safe as any other type of home. So they work for short-term and maybe for guest houses, but not for permanent living. 

How To Buy A Mobile Home

How To Buy A Mobile Home

Buying a mobile home isn’t the same as buying a standard home. With a regular house, you can get property or real estate loans. But with a mobile home, it isn’t real estate, so you have to do things differently. 

Here are a few types of loans to look into if you are having trouble getting financing for a mobile home. 

  • FHA Loans – the Federal Housing Administration is a great way to get your loan approved. They have low down payments for people with decent credit scores but offer loans to almost anyone.
  • USDA Loans – the USDA, or United States Department of Agriculture can help in some cases. Your income must be a certain amount, and they don’t offer loans to as many people as the FHA does, but they are worth a try.
  • VA Loans – if you or a family member are a service member or veteran, there’s no better place to go than Veterans Affairs. They make it easy for those who have served our country to get approved and get the help they need.
  • Chattel Loans – chattel loans are probably the most popular type of loan for a mobile home. They work for “movable property” and while mobile homes aren’t often moved, they still fit within the guidelines. 

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How to make your rooms smell good – 10 scent-sational ideas

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We’re so concerned about perfecting the look of our space that sometimes we don’t give much thought to how it actually smells. But learning how to make your rooms smell good will make as much of an impacts as your skills with a paintbrush.

Fragrance has the power to instantly lift a mood or kill it in a flash. And once you think of scent as a must-have accessory for your home, you’ll be hooked trying out different combinations.

Scent is always well considered as a living room idea – either through candles or flowers. But it’s really worth thinking about for all rooms, as our experts explain.

How to make your rooms smell good

Emma Loane, hotel business manager scent specialists ARRAN, has spent years working with hoteliers such as Waldorf Astoria Edinburgh, Cameron House, Cromlix and G&V Royal Mile Hotel, and knows exactly how to make your rooms smell good through creating a luxury ‘home-tel’ experience.

‘Scent is a huge part of staying in a hotel,’ says Emma. ‘It not only makes it feel fresh, clean and inviting, but also when applying concepts of aromatherapy, has a huge impact on mood.’

1. Use different scents to set different moods

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‘Fancy hotels will often diffuse different aromas around the lobby, bathrooms and communal areas, as well as in the rooms themselves,’ says Emma. ‘In the trade, this is known as “scent scaping”. Not just filling the space with the same fragrance, but crafting an experience or “journey” through scent placement as you make your way through the building.’

Emma believe that it’s simple to apply this technique at home, but she warns against having fragrances in adjacent rooms that could clash. So try not to put two powerful combinations together.

2. Or introduce one signature scent through your home

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‘Many luxury hotels use a signature fragrance to perfume their rooms,’ says Swyft’s head of creative, Kelly Colling. ‘Using the same technique in your home will help make it feel like a hotel, and ensure you’re met with a delicious scent every time you walk through your front door.’

‘We are often brought on board to create bespoke scents for our high-end hotel clients,’ Emma continues, ‘because the sense of smell can be extremely powerful for triggering memories. This is due to the region of the brain responsible for memory and smell being very much intertwined.’

‘These “fragrant flashbacks” often serve to remind guests of the luxury and enjoyment they experienced during their stay. When used in this way, scent becomes a kind of “olfactory branding”.’

‘Introducing a signature smell into your home will have the same effect and your house guests will always associate whichever scent you choose with you and your home. Most home fragrance ranges are available in room sprays, diffusers and candles. And some extend to shower gels and hand wash, which makes it even easier to decant your signature scent around your house.’

3. Open the doors and windows

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Sure, it’s obvious, but how many of us do it on a daily basis? Stale air is a health and mood zapper and by opening your windows and doors for just a few minutes, especially on a flower-filled garden, you’ll get an instant – and totally free – air refresh. When it comes to how to make your rooms smell good, this is surely the cheapest and easiest option.

4. Introduce fragrant herbs

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Fresh herbs such as basil and mint give off a lovely aroma in the kitchen. Place them on a table or windowsill and ensure there’s good airflow to waft , or you could try planting a mini herb garden idea – a box overflowing with marjoram, lemon balm and rosemary – right by your back door. That way you’ll get an olfactory hit the moment you step outside.

Also, guests will know they’re in for culinary a treat if you do the same on your front porch.

5. Treat your home to flowers… or even a bouquet subscription

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From planting jasmine and lavender down the garden path to pansies by the front door, flowers never fail to raise the spirits. Inside, think artfully arranged bunches of roses, magnolia and lily of the valley, which not only look gorgeous, but smell divine.

Don’t undo all your hard work by forgetting to change the water daily, though – rotten flower water not only smells awful, but is a health hazard, too.

If you love how flowers make your home look and smell, it’s worth treating yourself to one of our favourite best flower subscriptions for a regular delivery of scented blooms.

6. Chop up a few lemons and limes

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For a quick and easy fresh smell, you can’t beat citrus. Slice a few lemons, limes and oranges and leave them out on the chopping board whenever you feel your space needs a zesty hit. It’s one of many lemon cleaning hacks that are toxin free and total genius.

7. Consider a pillow spray for bed linen

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‘One of the best things about staying in a hotel is the big, comfy bed and crisp, newly washed linens,’ says Emma. ‘Hotels nearly always use white bed linen. It’s easier to keep it clean and fresh, it won’t date and can be updated seasonally with cushions and throws. Opt for cotton percale if your budget stretches to it. As a rule of thumb the higher the thread count the more lavish (and expensive) it will feel.’

Using a pillow spray on top of a white bedroom idea will make your bed feel even more like a gorgeous boutique hotel. Notes of lavender and spearmint that will not only transport you to a haven of rest and calm, they reduce tension and encourage relaxation. So if you’re wondering how to sleep better, a pillow spray might be the answer.

8. Buy quality scented candles

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The quality of your candle is probably more important than its smell. Organic beeswax scented candles are a fixture in modern-day living rooms, but don’t let that be the exception.

Lighting a potent high-end fragrance in a hallway immediately ups the welcoming factor. An added bonus is that it masks the smell of cheesy shoes. Just make sure you don’t leave it unattended.

A few candles dotted around a bathroom will give even the plainest spaces a bit of sparkle. Choose soothing scents like lavender and rose to help you relax in the tub.

If you have guests over, opt for fresh citrus scents, which have universal appeal.

9. Splash out on essential oils


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You don’t need an oil burner to benefit from essential oils. Simply add a few drops of relaxing lavender to a bowl of hot water for the ultimate chill-out atmosphere. Ditto warming vanilla or mandarin. These are the kind of smells that say home sweet home.

Oils are also a great mood booster if you’re working from home. ‘I love Rosemary to increase energy, focus and clear the mind,’ says Tipper Lewis, brand ambassador at Neal’s Yard. ‘Grapefruit with orange or lemon gives that zesty spring which is perfect for the morning and encourages positivity.’

10. Cook up a solution

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Boil up a pot of cinnamon sticks, cloves and orange or lemon zest on the stove for a subtly warming scent. And if you need to get rid of a particularly challenging cooking smell – say a potent curry or a fish stew – put a bowl of white vinegar on the kitchen worktop and those unwanted odours will soon vanish.

11. Bake some bread

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Wondering how to make your rooms smell good? Take a tip from estate agents. An oldie but a goodie, the smell of baking bread is universally loved. It’s a cliche that people will have a loaf in the oven when they are having house viewings, but it works!

Even the aroma of yeast proving gets us every time. That’s why our Saturday morning baking will always be a ritual. No time? Cheat and use one of our favourite best bread makers. Or brew some coffee – another favourite trick of house sellers.

What fragrance is best for what room?

  • In the hallway, go fresh and light

‘In homes, you don’t want to be overwhelmed as soon as you step through the door,’ says Emma Loane. ‘So I would choose something like our After the Rain reed diffuser, £33, ARRAN, in the hallway, which is a really fresh and welcoming scent in lime, rose and sandalwood.’

  • In the living room, uplift with florals or go musky

‘Then you need to think of which notes will complement one another as you move from room to room. So, into the living room I would opt for the uplifting floral notes of bergamot and geranium,’ says Emma. We also like woody and tobacco fragrances for a living room, which feel rich and masculine.

  • In a kitchen, mask cooking smells

‘The invigorating zest of grapefruit in the kitchen to help dispel any cooking aromas,’ Emma advises. We’d also choose herb-based scents such as peppermint or sage here.

  • Pick relaxing aromas for a bathroom or bedroom

‘The bathroom and bedroom are relaxation spaces, so something like Wild Gorse candle, £33, ARRAN would work brilliantly here,’ says Emma.

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Forget Squiggles—This Parisian Mom Gives Color-Blocking a Sophisticated Spin

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When Julia Rouzaud and her husband, Julien, took on the renovation of a 19th-century hunting lodge just outside of Paris in 2017, they didn’t set a strict deadline for designing their kids’ spaces. “It’s not a big deal if it takes more time than expected. Our children didn’t mind,” says Rouzaud, the founder of Goodmoods, a Paris media and style agency, and mom to Manon (13), Léon (7), and Jacques (4). With no countdown putting on the pressure, she was really able to let her creativity flow. 

Dozens of mood boards and late-night brainstorming sessions later, Rouzaud tackled the kids’ bedrooms with the idea to introduce as many fresh colors and graphic touches as possible—while keeping things sophisticated. Painting Léon’s formerly gold windows blue and splurging on a mid-century desk for Manon (she loves vintage shopping with her kids so they have a say in their decor, too) was just the start. Here, Rouzaud reveals her best tips for getting the most out of color, plus why she swears by high-quality floor treatments.

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Splurge on Carpeting That Will Last

The direction for each room started with a rug sample: dark green (for Manon), creamy white (for Jacques), and royal blue (for Léon). For Rouzaud wall-to-wall carpeting is the best move you can make for young children. It adds a level of coziness underfoot and cushions baby’s first steps and falls. For parents whose minds immediately skip to “but what about spills”: Cleaning stains is relatively foolproof as long as you pick wool over a synthetic fabric. Rouzaud recommends getting the material lightly damp, then washing it with regular shampoo.

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Separate an Open Floor Plan With Color-Blocking

You don’t need to invest in a fancy divider to create zones in a large bedroom. In Léon’s space, Rouzaud painted the ceiling in the bed area white, while the work-slash-play corner got a splash of soft blue overhead. Not only does it add depth to the room, it’s an affordable (and original) way to play with color. In Jacques’s space, she painted the window trim and built-in cubbies below in celadon to balance out the crimson curtains—another way to outline a specific nook within a wide-open layout.

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Think Fair and Square

In Manon’s bedroom, emerald, terracotta, and orange play nicely, thanks to the overlapping blocks and stripes that keep the lines clean and minimal (Rouzaud achieved the look with high-quality painter’s tape). “The shapes soften up the bold color combination and help keep the space harmonious,” she notes. Unlike free-form squiggles and circles, contained squares and rectangles offer a much welcomed sense of order.

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Make a Statement With Softer Tones

“Pairing colors is like a game for me,” says Rouzaud. The key when working with primary shades? Use them sparingly for the most impact and mix in lighter tones to balance it all out. The vibrant green paint combined with the linen throw in Léon’s space reads sophisticated alongside soothing blue walls and dove gray curtains. Other accents like the crimson and cobalt Charlotte Perriand sconces and the sunny yellow tubular desk (a Marc Berthier original scored at auction) keep things feeling young and playful. The same strategy works wonders for neutrals, too, like the faint blush and saturated orange that collide on Manon’s walls. And above all, keep in mind that it’s only paint. If you mess up, says Rouzaud, “it’s easy to start over again.” 

15 Modern Home Interior Design Ideas For Your Next Project

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It doesn’t always take much to transform your home and turn it into a space you can be proud of. More often than not, all it takes are a few home decor accents or home decor items to take your room above and beyond.

Modern Home Interior Design Ideas

Today, we’ve gathered some of our best modern home decor design pieces and home decor accents that you can fall in love with. Make each of them your own, taking the entire inspiration to copy or only a sliver to play with.

Modern interior design ideas to spruce your decor

Substitute With Glass

Substitute With Glass

Glass is one of the most modern yet versatile building materials still available today. So why not use it for more than windows and mirrors? In private areas, you can use it for bathroom doors and closet doors to open a space up.

But in more public areas like the living room and kitchen, limit the glass you use to keep lines clean and privacy private. If you can do that, you can make the most out of glass by using it sparingly in the best ways.

Space-Saving Furniture

Space-Saving Furniture

Space-saving furniture pieces are some of the most amazing home decor inspiration items. The best way to create space-saving furniture is to find furniture that can be multi-purpose, serving you in more than one way.

For example, a murphy bed is a bed that folds up into the wall. It can lay out at night and fold up out of sight during the day. This can be the perfect answer to multi-purpose rooms in small houses and studio apartments. 

Hidden Lighting

Hidden Lighting

Hidden lighting can be used in a lot of different ways. But one of the best ways to use it is to add a mysterious flair to your home decor items. One of the easiest ways to do this is to add strips of LED lights under shelves.

This is the most basic way to do this as the lights can be added inside cabinets to light them up in the dark. This looks better if the cabinet doors are glass but again, play around with hidden lighting to find what works for your space.

“Magic” Furniture

"Magic" Furniture

There are so many ways to take things to the next level these days. One of the most common types of magic furniture home decor accents is furniture or accents that look like they are floating. This is common with shelves and lighting.

Since there are so many options for these two things, it is easy to make it work. Just find items with thin wires for legs or stands. Mounted items also can look quite magical if you keep cords and such out of sight.  

Ambiguous Inspiration

Ambiguous Inspiration

It can be fun to draw inspiration from one culture or another. But it can be even more fun to mix them together in a way that makes your decor unrecognizable. This creates a unique design style that is all your own.

If you like the colors of one culture but the shapes of another and the materials of yet another, then blend them together to create something that is all you. This is a great way to make sure that your space is unique. 

Comfort You Can See

Comfort You Can See

Can you see comfort? Some like to think so. Imagine a bean bag chair with a cup of cocoa by the fireplace. While straight lines and clean spaces are alluring because they are fresh, comfortable spaces that look lived in are actually quite a bit more inviting than the other spaces. 

You can make your space look lived in without looking messy by adding comfortable throws and material with a little give in it instead of starchy sheets and furniture that looks like it has never been touched. 

Playing With Different Fabrics

Playing With Different Fabrics

We get it, cotton and leather are both wonderful materials, but they aren’t the only two fabrics available. Polyester isn’t the only alternative either. There are hundreds of fabric options out there for you to explore.

For example, neoprene, cotton silk, corduroy, and velvet can all be used for furniture. Not all of them are ideal, but they can all work. They are just a few of the many options for furniture that you may not realize can be used for furniture. 

Empty Space

Empty Space

As in, geometric lines that appear empty on the inside. We all know by now that geometric designs are very modern and always trending right now. But did you know that geometric designs can be light and airy?

Yes, it’s true. All you need to do is take the chicken wire approach. It may not sound all that attractive but it can be if done right. All it takes is the right thickness of bars of the right material and you can have amazing geometric furniture. 

Beams Can Be Fun

Beams Can Be Fun

Beams on the ceiling are pleasing to nearly everyone. But that is usually where the beam inspiration stops. The truth is that you can use beams for your furniture, for pillars, and for your walls if you do it right.

There is something about salvaged beams that make you want to use them anywhere you can. But if you prefer a fresher look, you can get brand new beams and it will also look amazing any way that you use them.

Wall Of Shelves

Wall Of Shelves

You can add a classic small to medium bookshelf but if you have the room and the home decor items to stack on them, a wall of shelves can be fun. This is especially true if you have a lot of books or knickknacks to store.

If you don’t want your room to look too cluttered and fear that it will, then add doors to some of the shelves. Make it look more like an entertainment center by choosing the right spots for your doors on the bookshelf. 

From Counter To Table

Have you ever considered using marble, granite, or even laminate from the countertops on the table? It can be done. No longer do all dining room tables need to be wooden. Some of them can be a more unique material.

Granite and marble for tables are rare but if you use thin stone so that the table can hold up, you will have the highest-end table around. Just make sure to have a professional install the table for you for safety reasons. 

Experiment With Patterns

Never be afraid to add a pattern that you are attracted to, even if someone else might not love it. There is no pattern that won’t work for your room if you like the pattern in your room. So be brave and go for it.

Whether it be country paisley or a modern art design, it can work just as well as solid patterns. You may have to work around the unique piece but feature pieces are the best pieces you can work a room around. 

More Than Modern

There’s modern and then there is eclectic. Eclectic is a rather modern design that mixes different styles together to create a hodgepodge of styles. The end result is usually unique, creative, and artsy. 

Though there are cases when you only mix certain types of designs. For example, you can mix multiple types of modern designs to keep the area modern. If you mix contemporary with retro and mid-century modern, it still looks modern. 

Staggering Home Decor

It can be great to have everything neatly in a line with symmetrical settings. But it can also be fun to choose the asymmetrical route. In fact, there is more room for mistakes and more room for creativity with staggering items. 

Of course, one of the easiest things to stagger is shelves. Shelves, especially floating shelves, can be easily staggered because you install them one at a time and they are noticeable. You can randomly place them or go back and forth.

Full Backlights

Having small LED lights underneath shelves is amazing, as we discussed earlier. But you can really wow with a wall of light. Hanging fairy lights is a magical way to accomplish this but it isn’t very modern.

For something more modern, you can add panels of LED lights that will make it as if your entire wall is glowing. This is very effective and will look amazing in any setting. Use smart lights to change the effects daily. 

Making It Your Own

This will always be the single most important home decor inspiration tip that you will hear. You need to make your space your own. You are the best home decor inspiration that you’ll ever have, so follow your heart.

Draw inspiration from everything you see, be it nature, cityscapes, or online home decor accents. All that matters is making sure that your space makes you feel good and makes you feel at home. Everything else comes after. 

So be brave and take the leap if it means making your space yours. You can go small or go big. Do what makes you comfortable and inspiration will surely strike when you least expect it. So keep an eye out.

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Amber Lewis Shares the Best Neutral Paint Colors for Every Room

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Los Angeles–based interior designer Amber Lewis—whose iconic, lived-in, California-cool style has gained a cult following of 1.5 million on Instagram—has been known to cover every wall in a house a different shade of white, from eggshell to cream. “There’s no such thing as one white paint,” she says, noting it’s the most difficult color to get right because it is the most layered. “Is it warm? Is it cold? Does it read more green or red? You could add one drop of another hue and it would change the entire tone,” she adds. 

But Lewis has been shying away from the bright staple as of late, coating her own place in Portola Paints’s Piano Room, a muddy gray-green plaster, revealing a newfound appreciation for all neutrals. In fact, she devotes an entire chapter to her top tricks for picking the right color in her recent book, Made for Living. So if you’re struggling with decision paralysis, give one of Lewis’s all-time favorite neutral shades a try—from the best brights to the best darks and everything in between—all of which are excerpted from her book, below.

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Best White Paints 

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Farrow & Ball Wevet

Described by Lewis in her book as the “prettiest, warmest white,” Wevet works great in a crisp, contemporary space. This paint’s name is fitting, considering it’s the old Dorset word for a spiderweb. It has a translucent quality for a barely there moment, distinguishable only by its gray undertones, making it the perfect blank canvas. “It can go a little beige and yellow if paired with a brighter white trim,” shares Lewis. “Try painting the trim the same color as the walls for a tonal and serene look.” 

Dunn-Edwards Milk Glass

Lewis covered every wall of her Canyon Cool client’s home with this creamy white shade. “Like its name, this has a very milky and fresh feel to it,” she says. The soft undertones pair best with earthy tones, especially warm wood accents, though it isn’t the perfect all-rounder. “Avoid using it in rooms where green grass or a blue pool could reflect inside,” warns Lewis.  

Farrow & Ball Wimborne White

Team Domino is just as obsessed with this versatile shade as Lewis. “This is a moody white, if you will,” she explains in her book. “It’s great in a Spanish-style home or if you want a space to feel like it has some history, but it’s definitely not my pick for a contemporary or modern home. This can read very yellow and may not be a bright enough white if there is not enough natural light. Don’t use it in a room without windows, like a powder room.”

Benjamin Moore Chantilly Lace

A linen-like hue, this delicate color is perfect for achieving a cozy farmhouse aesthetic. Defined by Lewis as a crisp white, it’s the ideal blend of cool tones. “Its hints of green and gray will easily brighten a dark space,” says the designer, though she warns it may have the opposite brightening effect in small spaces like the bathroom: “The green and blue tones are not great in rooms with mirrors!” 

Dunn-Edwards Warm White

“I like to use this in a velvet or satin sheen, because it has a slight luster without feeling too shiny,” says Lewis. And that’s what makes it so great for millwork—for textured surfaces, a glossier finish helps mask any imperfections, while simultaneously providing a hint of contrast with matte walls. 

Best Dark Paints

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Sherwin-Williams Green Black 

For those who can’t quite commit to a bold black, this shade from Sherwin-Williams is the next best thing. It’s the perfect statement maker, adding depth and drama, without being too flashy. “[It’s] almost black with a green undertone that looks amazing on a front door or kitchen cabinets,” adds Lewis. 

Portola Paints Nitty Gritty

For those interested in achieving a super-rustic vibe, give this smoky, dusted green a try in the company’s signature Roman Clay finish that mimics the look of limewash, plaster, or stucco. “If you want to add some interesting texture to your space, start small and go for a powder room or a child’s bedroom with this amazing blue-green plaster clay specialty paint,” suggests Lewis. The ultralow sheen gives it that ideal organic appeal.

Dunn-Edwards Black Pool

“Is it black or is it dark navy? Actually, it’s both. This color is first on our list for painting millwork in a library, and can be a perfect accent color on a bathroom vanity,” shares Lewis. And we’d even argue that in certain lighting, it looks a little green, too. But that’s part of the allure of this playful paint—it can change color throughout the day. 

Farrow & Ball Down Pipe

Although known to be “daringly dark,” Lewis relies on Down Pipe for all. “This color is the perfect combo of a blue-black and gray; use it on anything, from cabinetry to an exterior,” she says. “This one is hard to get wrong, so paint it on everything and never look back.” In this long list of neutrals, it’s a bit on the rich and bold side but is definitely an all-purpose gray. 

Portola Paints Maison

For the look of cool cement, Maison has the depth of a granite countertop and a textural clay finish. “Another texture-friendly option, a deep gray with subtle hints of a blue mix that’s perfectly dramatic,” says Lewis, who swathed the walls of a powder room—complete with a chiseled-edge sink made of limestone—in the shade to add movement to the small space. 

Best In-Between Paints

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Dunn-Edwards Midnight Spruce

No matter if you fancy yourself partial to an all-white kitchen, Lewis’s iconic Ojai, California, project is good enough to change your mind, and it’s one of the designer’s favorite uses of the color yet. “This is a dark forest green with a hint of olive, which makes it a classic for painting cabinetry or furniture pieces,” she notes. 

Farrow & Ball Manor House Gray

No matter if you have north- or south-facing windows, this gray promises to keep its color as if it’s completely free of undertones. “A dramatic, true gray. No matter the lighting in your space, this gray will hold its hue,” affirms Lewis. So if you’re worried about how a nearby window or warm pendant light might cast and mix with your cooler-toned decor, this paint is fail-proof. 

Farrow & Ball Purbeck Stone

Named after the gray stones found on Dorset, England’s Isle of Purbeck, it’s a great midtone shade that feels as if it’s been made for the walls and millwork, including stairwell railings, of traditional homes. Lewis describes it as a
“calming gray that gives me serious British design vibes.” 

Portola Paints Revere

This tanlike greige gets more complex the longer you look at it. “A gorgeous gray with hints of blue and green and all the texture you’d ever need,” says Lewis, who loves using the plasterlike finish of Portola Paints’s Roman Clay (you can spot it in her own home on the walls, baseboards, doors, and trim). 

Farrow & Ball Hague Blue

Green undertones provide a bit of glamour and dramatic flair to Hague Blue, but it’s a classic color Lewis has relied on for years and a favorite in the U.K. for good reason. “It’s a statement-making deep blue that I find to be timeless and a little moody,” she notes. 

A Few Things to Keep in Mind 

Undertones: In a space that doesn’t get a lot of natural light, stay away from blue and red, and look for brown or yellow undertones, advises Lewis. In a modern home, go for a white with blue notes. If you’re trying for a more traditional feel, opt for warmth. 

Color: Lewis’s best tip for selecting a bold color choice: Stay away from primary hues, which can read as too intense. “You always have to do a toned-down neutral version of whatever color you’re going for,” she says. For instance, never go for a pure black—instead choose a chalky, faded option that won’t seem too harsh. 

Light: Picking out the best paint colors should always be based on the light in a room, shares Lewis. A nearby pendant or lamp can highlight every uneven surface, whether it’s the walls, trim, or kitchen cabinetry, so be mindful of your finish, too—high gloss will feel more modern, whereas a matte works better with a traditional, timeless vibe. 

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In layman’s terms, a neutral is a color that lacks saturation, making it a more subtle choice and, in hand, a shade that goes well with pretty much any palette or decor scheme. Neutral paint colors are often light (like tan, ivory, and greige), and can be dark, too (such as blacks and greens), but creamier as opposed to rich and intense, making them a better choice for an accent wall or ceiling

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The Black Paint That Took This Facade From “Flat and Square” to Sophisticated Scandi

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You don’t have to choose between blending in or standing out. A perfect balance does exist (at least, as far as your house goes). Just ask designer Lea Shain, who recently gave a once sad blue bungalow in Los Angeles (built in 1944) curb appeal, all without disrupting the flow of the rest of the one-story homes on the street. “It needed to fit into the neighborhood but also be modernized,” explains Shain. As her contractor, Brett Baer, puts it: It was never the goal to lay a spaceship on a postage stamp–size home. “It wasn’t just a ‘scrape and pop up’ type of project,” he says.

At the same time, Shain imagined what the next evolution of the house would be. Part one of that vision involved expanding the 1,000-square-foot home by widening the gable and porch, and on the inside, moving the entrance over a smidge in order to turn one of the bedrooms into a proper foyer. Before “it was just flat and square,” explains the designer (not to mention blue). “It was highly utilitarian. It needed depth.” Here’s how Shain and Baer pulled off the 360-degree transformation. 

Make the Front Yard a Place to Socialize

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Shain and Baer took the front yard from no-man’s-land to zen with a few simple additions: a pergola (easily accessible through one of the bedrooms via sliding doors), a streamlined walkway, and a chic wood door with oversize black hardware. Over the course of the three months Shain spent designing the space, she focused on usability. “The idea of these homes in the ’50s was that you were in your front yard talking to your neighbors,” says Baer of restoring that feeling. 

Pick the Perfect Black Paint

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Shain’s simple explanation for going black: “White was just overdone,” says the designer, who swathed the facade in Benjamin Moore’s Wrought Iron hue—a balanced, muted black that infuses the exterior with a touch of Scandi farmhouse. The dramatic choice helps the predominantly drought-tolerant landscaping, wood fence, and pergola details stand out. “It’s not so monolithic,” says Shain. “There are all these natural elements and tones.”

Offer Easy Access on Food-Haul Days

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On paper, the side entrance seemed redundant. Shain’s first thought was: Why would you need an additional door when you can enter from the front yard and the deck? But after playing out various scenarios in her head, she decided it was crucial to keep it. For starters, it’s a convenient place to walk in when unloading groceries from the car. “It’s a really nice function,” she says. 

Layer, Layer, Layer

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A streamlined deck and subtle roof jut-out gave the backyard much-needed dimension, while doors connecting the area to the main bedroom and family room embody that outdoor-indoor Cali lifestyle. Baer painted the existing cinder-block barrier and then added wood on top for extra privacy. “It’s a little oasis in the city now,” he says. 

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