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The Most Popular Interiors of 2015

Another fantastic year is coming to an end but not before we do a round-up of some of the most popular interiors of 2015 according to you — our followers. We scoured our Pinterest page and found 15 of the most pinned interiors of the year.

Which one is your favorite? Tell us in the comments!

Neutral and Indigo Living Room
Neutral + Indigo Living Room | Amber Interiors

Moody Corner
Moody Corner Space | Design*Sponge

Cozy Bedroom
Cozy Loft Bedroom | Derek Swalwell

Natural Light
Natural Lit Hangout | Tumblr

Colorful Shelving
White with a Bit of Color | Not Just a Housewife

Neutral Living Room
Patterns and Texture | The Everygirl

Colorful Entry
Colorful Entryway | C Magazine

Nook
Libary Nook | Houzz

Pops of Orange
Bright Accents | Pelle Lundquist

Overdyed Rug
Overdyed Statement Piece | Studio McGee

Cozy Living Room
Contemporary Symmetry | Design Rulz

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Metal + Wood + Color | Emily Henderson

Outdoor Space
Cozy + Stylish Outdoor Space | Blackbird

Bathroom
Bathroom with Style | Dwell

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Pops of Color

The world of home decor can walk a line of “it’s a beige, beige world” and “oh my this room looks like a fruit bowl”. Yes, the easy way to add color might be to paint a wall and call it a day, but we have a few more ideas on how to add an unexpected pop of pizazz to your space. Before you start adding color willy nilly, the key is establishing a color palette. But how do you create an effortless and versatile color scheme? First you need to find your base color.

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Lina Ostling

You might lean towards browns, grays or blacks, but I personally tend to lean towards the blues. I’m drawn to them in not only home decor but in fashion as well. Navy, indigo, cobalt, baby, sky…I use ’em all. And this is the key ingredient to adding color. Don’t just pick one shade, instead, use the entire spectrum. For this example, let’s use blue as our foundation color.

Now take a look at the color wheel. A well-balanced color palette will use both warm and cool tones. Blue happens to be on the cool side of the color wheel. The opposite side has colors that best complement the foundation color. In this case, blue is best complemented by yellows and oranges. These will be the warm tones in our color palette. Another piece of the puzzle. This is not a 50/50 split of color. This will account for maybe 30% of the color in your room…it’s secondary.

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Last, pick an accent color. Here you can get a little crazy…pink, coral, yellow. Anything goes. Use the full spectrum, but add pops here and there to keep your eye moving around the space. The accent color should account for 10% of the color in your room. This balance is what minimizes the fruit bowl effect.

Now that you know the rules, let’s look at some amazing examples of colors that pop in home decor.

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House of Hipsters

The neutral tones play well with the navy blue and pinks, but the orange wishbone chair adds a zing of color in this bedroom. Your eye is drawn to the chair as its center point, but still moves around the entire space.

Timeless and trend worthy, this navy rug with its bold pattern would be a fabulous alternative in this space.

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Shop the rug: Artistic Weavers Pollack rug in Navy and White

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A Cup of Jo

The neutral tones in this space subdue the vibrant emerald green sofa. There’s green decorative accents throughout the room that keep the eye moving, but you’re also drawn to the rug and bookshelf where you see pops of red and pink.

I love this rug as an alternative with its pops of salmon and poppy colors. Did you notice red is on the opposite side of the color wheel to green?

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Shop the rug: Surya Zahra rug in Light Gray, Poppy and Salmon

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Design*Sponge

I love the bohemian look that is trending right now. The panel of indigo pops beautifully off the cream bedspread while the one hot pink accent pillow steals the show. Look carefully though, and you’ll spy more pops of blush and violet dancing around this space. Do you see them?

A great addition for this space would be this gorgeous blue and ivory rug.

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Shop the rug: Loloi Anastasia rug in Blue and Ivory

For more inspiration from Kyla, follow along with her at House of Hipsters!

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Prep Your Space for Overnight Guests

Prep your space for guests

When you are expecting overnight guests, getting ready can make even the most calm among us completely frazzled. But a bit of preparation will leave you feeling relaxed and ready, and make your visitors feel right at home.

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The first thing to do is clear any clutter out of the guest zone. So often guest rooms become the clutter dumping zone of the house, but of course no one wants to stay overnight in a room with junk, so that clutter has got to go! Guest rooms can also become quite dusty when they haven’t been used in some time, so vacuuming (including under the bed), and dusting the surfaces is essential. Once the cleaning is done, make the bed with fresh sheets, and fold a few extra blankets at the foot of the bed.

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Once the basics are in order, it’s time to focus on those little details that make staying over a pleasure. A small desk where your guests can plug in their laptop, a candle (with matches) and fresh flowers on the bedside table, and a basket of toiletries (it’s so easy to forget something when you’re traveling!) are welcome additions. Be sure to also include a stack of fluffy bath and hand towels, a bottle of water and glass, and a printed card with your house wifi password. Want to go the extra mile? A stack of current favorite books and magazines, a bar of chocolate and some roasted nuts, and a pristine white robe will win you major points!

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If you’re decorating a guest room from scratch, look to the style of the rest of your home and carry it through into the guest space for consistency. For a welcoming rustic farmhouse look, try a natural fiber rug and oak secretary desk; for a modern glam guest room, go with a sleek white desk and plush rug. To keep costs down, consider using mattresses on a simple platform rather than a headboard, and accent the bed with a beautiful textile hanging on the wall above it.

Shopping Guide (clockwise from top left): Kayla Oak writing deskSafavieh natural fiber rugSurya Candice Olson Modern Classics rugBrandon White Hide-Away desk.

Photo Credits (from top to bottom of post): Domino MagazineHolly Marder for Decor8Country Living; Holly Marder for Decor8SF Girl By BayDomino Magazine.

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Decorating for Winter: Scandinavian Style

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In the countries of the far north where the winters are incredibly long and cold, people have learned to take what could be quite a dark time, and transform it into a time of light and good cheer. There is a Danish concept called hygge, which roughly translates to mean creating a warm and cozy atmosphere in your home, and enjoying time with family and friends. Delightful, right? I love adopting a Scandinavian approach to winter, and you can, too: it’s all about light, coziness, nature, and a bit of sparkle.

Key elements of Scandinavian style winter decorating:

– Sheepskins flung over chairs for warmth (faux is perfectly acceptable!)

– Knitted accessories

– Natural birch bark

– Star motifs

– Clean and simple black and white color palette

– Loads of candles

– Potted bulbs like amaryllis and paperwhites

The beauty of Scandinavian or Nordic style decorating is that it’s based heavily in nature and simplicity. This is especially great around the holidays if you are craving a simpler approach. Consider forgoing the store-bought gift wrap in favor of plain kraft paper fastened with twine. To decorate each room, place a small fresh-cut tree or cluster of evergreen branches in a vase on the floor or table, and hang stars cut from bark or wool felt. Instead of baking ten kinds of cookies, bake one batch of gingerbread and decorate it with white icing. Simple!

Of course, another key part of embracing a Scandinavian sensibility at this time of year is to enjoy getting outside in nature…and then coming indoors to warm up with hot drinks and tasty cakes! So bundle up and go for the sled ride, take a walk in the woods, or gather round a fire pit in the backyard. Find the beauty in this time of year.

If you would like to bring some Nordic style into your home this season, I recommend keeping the palette simple with soothing shades of gray, cream, black, and white. Above are a few of my favorite pieces: a silky soft gray area rug, gorgeous wintery photo print, chunky knit pillow, and cozy faux fur rug for tossing on your favorite chair.

Now it’s your turn: Share your favorite thing about wintertime in the Comments!

Shopping Guide: 1. Surya Textured Pillow in light gray; 2. Gordon Semmens ‘Buffalo River Snow Field’; 3. Loloi Grayson Animal Shape Rug in graphite; 4. Artistic Weavers Silk Route Rainey rug in light gray.

Photo Credits: from top to bottom of post My Scandinavian HomeThe Style FilesHouse of ValentinaLaura Gaskill.

For more inspiration from Laura, follow along with her at LauraGaskill.com!

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