5 Ways to Utilize Your Spare Room | Kismet Decals

5 Ways to Utilize Your Spare Room

Ideas and inspirations to utilize your spare room at home effectively.
Why It Is Important To Have Art In Your Home | Kismet Decals

Why It Is Important To Have Art In Your Home

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February 21, 2019 — Azaad Mohamed Ummar
8 Tips To Decorate Your Kids' Bedrooms | Kismet Decals

8 Tips To Decorate Your Kids' Bedrooms

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February 18, 2019 — Azaad Mohamed Ummar
Home Decor Trends to Expect in 2019 | Kismet Decals

Home Decor Trends to Expect in 2019

New year, new home! We embrace the dawn of 2019 by sharing with our readers a forecast of home decor trends for the year. 

January 30, 2019 — Diane Sebastian
DIY Halloween Decor | Kismet Decals

DIY Halloween Decor

Its October and you know what coming up soon! No, no not Oktober Fest but HALLOWEEN. Maybe it is not yet socially acceptable for you to decorate your home with spooky décor but there’s no harm in planning a certain theme or just thinking of what you would like to have in your home!

We’ve listed out 5 easy DIY Halloween Decorations to spooky-fy your home in no time!

 

SPIDER PINATA DIY

What is more fun that having a panita? We have provided you a link on how you can create your own spider piñata. Check it out here

 

DIY BAT LANTERN

Create a spooky, yet warm ambiance for you “haunted home” with this spooky bat lantern. Here’s how to.

 

BLOODY HANDPRINT WINDOW CLINGE

Take it up a notch by adding this bloody handprint window clinge, it would definitely get people talking.. or maybe running.

 

HALLOWEEN WREATH

Halloween wreath are just perfect to add that extra spook to your door. Check out this super easy DIY on how to!

 

DIY HALLOWEEN LUMINARY IDEAS

Add this spooky diy set to your front porch. Will definitely help set the spooky mood before your guest enter your home

 

Creating Your Own Zen Space | Kismet Decals

Creating Your Own Zen Space

As a full time mom (read 'Jane of All Trades' and attempting to master them all), it can sometimes get too much. Don't get me wrong, I love what I do and everything that comes with it but sometimes I need some time to breathe and just gather my thoughts. I used to burn out so easily because I wasn't able to have some alone time to recuperate and re-energize before going about my daily routine. Sometimes we're so busy taking care of everything and everyone around us, we tend to forget to take the time to take care of ourselves. This is why I've made it a point to always have some 'Me-Time' because it's so very important to be able to just relax.
Initially I used to have to go out to find some peace of mind, but then I created my own zen space at home. A safe and sacred corner for me to think, meditate and just be. Now whenever I feel flustered and overwhelmed, I just take a time out and go to my little space to zen out. I think its so very important for everyone to have their own zen space, so I'm going to share how I created mine and how you can put yours together as well.
Firstly, you'll need to find a quiet corner or space in your home. It can be anywhere, as long as it allows you to be undisturbed. The idea is to see if the environment is one that relaxes you and helps you unwind. Now that you have your own space, you can add these elements to it (which I personally found helpful in my own space).
COMFORT IS KEY
I have a huge futon and a bunch of throw pillows on it as I laze around attempting to recollect my thoughts. Some people opt for meditation and create an environment based on that (as I do when I meditate as well) but for just a space to calm my nerves, I like having a place that focuses on comfort.
 
INCORPORATE NATURE
Studies have shown that looking at nature and being init can help reduce stress. Plants are a great way to create that vibe and are aesthetically pleasing and also helps keep the air clean. If you'd like to keep the space cleaner and use the walls instead, a framed image or a decal would look great too.
SOOTHING SCENTS AND SOUNDS
Now that you've got your comfortable place to sit on and some beautiful features to look at, add some incense or essential oils such as lavender with properties that help with relaxation. If you aren't someone who likes complete silence, a water feature would be great or an easier alternative would be to put on a playlist of soft sounds of the rain or waves crashing —my personal favorites!
WARM LIGHTING
Light makes all the difference when setting the right mood. If you're reading a book or indulging in some art, you'd obviously need a brighter light setting. However if you're looking to just be in your own company then dim lights and some candles flickering would be a great touch.
How Pantone's Ultra Violet Is Being Used In Luxury Houses Around The World | Kismet Decals

How Pantone's Ultra Violet Is Being Used In Luxury Houses Around The World

Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!

 

1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris

It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.

 

2. PARIS -  Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank 

Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.

 

3. PARIS - Rue de Chantilly, Montmartre Sacré-Coeur - South Pigalle, Right Bank 

Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.

 

4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome

As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.

 

5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome

This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'

 

6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London

The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.

 

7. LONDON -  Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London 

The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.

 

8. LONDON -  Priory Road, West Hampstead, London

A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.

 

9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES -  Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan

The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious! 

 

10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York

What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Trendy Tile Options To Get Excited About! | Kismet Decals

Trendy Tile Options To Get Excited About!

There’s a lot of talk going on in the flooring industry right now and you and I both know that tile is where it all begins as it has always been a huge part of the interior design world.

There's not only tons of modern, chic tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way. The best way you do it is to choose something well-made and stylish that will stay in style for the lifetime of your floor. Here's just a few of my favorite floor home tile trends that I wanted to share with you all!

 

Chevron Tiles

The chevron pattern is a fabulous yet bold pattern that has a significant upshot on any room. It is very much like a herringbone pattern which is like a zig-zag of v’s on the floor. The pattern is almost mesmerizing in appearance and gives off a retro vibe too! Even with its bold and daring design, it'll fit right inside the most serene of homes.

And you're probably aware, it is not approved to install wood flooring in wet and warm areas as it can damage the material and ruin your floor. So by using the chevron effect tiles you can be right on trend to imitate or create a wood effect for your interior and sleep easier at night having the knowledge that your floor isn’t going to expand or become warped one day when you wake up!

 

Matte Tiles

Now you've known about matte colored cars, matte phones and even matte lipsticks but here's the new thing: matte tiles! These tiles shows sophistication, modernism, and keeps the dirt hidden - an all round winner.

Matte tiles also provides great grip and traction and blend in really well with the increasingly popular industrial trend. They’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms and are the perfect combination if you’re looking to create the traditional/rustic infused with a splash of contemporary appearance within a room.

 

Marble Tiles

The tile nominated for the most classy, timeless, and elegant look award. Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners and interior designers choose tile for their floorings instead of natural marble.

Marble tiles have a great way of allowing light to bounce around a room, almost like a mirror effect. This is basically the reason why they’re so customarily used in bathrooms as they make the space seem bigger and lighter than it is!

 

Patterned Tiles

This is definitely my favorite type of tile and if I ever want to remodel my flooring, you can bet that patterned tiles are gonna be my absolute go-to tile! Patterned tiles have gone from strong to strongest in adding substance and color to the floor in a room. With an endless amount of patterns and designs available you are given total free reign when it comes to making a room your own. But just what is the right way to do it without it being “too much”?

To be honest, I really don't think there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to patterned floors. Making a statement and showing off your personality with your home decor is all the rage and it definitely shows the real you! One of the best ideas I've ever gotten with utilizing patterned floors is to install them right at the front door area of your house. That way it will surely be the first focal point for your guests and it'll up the wow factor.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Pet-Friendly Stylish Houseplants | Kismet Decals

Pet-Friendly Stylish Houseplants

What do you do if you're a pet lover but also want your home to be a greenhouse because of your love for plants? Are you afraid that choosing the wrong plant will create toxic vibes for your furry friends? Or worse, get them sent straight to the ER?

Well fret not for all it needs is just a lil' bit of know-how and label-reading to give you an idea on which plants are safe for your furry friends. And the best thing of all, these plants look so chic they fit right into your stylish home!

 

Staghorn Fern

Staghorn Ferns are large, bifurcated fronds that shoot out dramatically from the center of the plant and it really is an amazing vegan alternative if you're not the type to hang innocent dead animals up on your walls. These fuzzy ferns look best mounted on wooden boards finished with vintage burlap to give it a rustic, farmhouse feel. Or just put it in a quirky pot for an au naturel vibe! They’re neat and are completely safe for pets and are absolutely stunning. They also like high humidity and medium light, and not direct sunlight and caring for them is just a simple misting 1-2 times a week or if it's in a pot, water it once a week.

 

Spider Plant

Don't worry, just because it's called a spider plant doesn't mean it's going to turn into a big hairy spider at night and crawl into your bed! This foliage with long, spiky leaves just demands to be noticed. Think dramatic but without overdoing it. More mature spider plants have small white flowers that looks super cute. If you want your spider plant to thrive, give them access to bright light and water them generously through summer. Just make sure you dry them out between waterings. The spider plant’s ability to produce dangling ‘plantlets’ also makes it ideal for hanging baskets. Plus points: your pets can actually play with its "dangly fingers" when they run out of squeaky toys!

 

Grafted Cactus

These are definitely one of my all time favorite! These colorful, tufty little buddies just look so bright and cheerful for the soul. They might look spiky but they actually work pretty well as scratching posts for those itchy paws! They’re super cute, and look best  when they're paired up with other pet safe succulents or grouped together. Basic care is pretty, well, basic so they're probably going to be the easiest plant you'll ever take care of. Let dry out completely and water once or twice a week. Remember, these usually live in a desert so they are pretty hydrated.

 

Lemon Button Fern

Also known as the Fishbone Fern, with its delicate arching stems lines with tiny leaves and button-like foliage, the Lemon Button Fern is the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. It is also said to smell slightly lemony when you crush the leaves hence the name. This dainty, yet eye-catching plant makes it an ideal houseplant as it does not appreciate direct light and it's also super pet friendly! Best to keep the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.

 

Areca Palm

Surely all you ever wanted to do is to add some tropical greenery into your interior, but obviously a quick internet search attempt reveals that your tropical plant of choice is malignant to your furry family members. Well search no more for the tall, lanky Areca Palm is a safe option and makes the chicest houseplant ever. Notable for its air-purifying effects, it is relatively easy to care for. Just try not to over-water the plant, but it’s a good idea to hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel a tad bit dry. 

Areca is the kind of plant you can flaunt with joy in a big pot such as a colorful patterned one for a fun effect or a metallic one for that modern look. Talk about an instant focal point for the room, one your guests will surely marvel at!

Make Your Home Stylishly Cat Friendly! | Kismet Decals

Make Your Home Stylishly Cat Friendly!

If you're reading this, you're obviously the crazy cat owner who can't live without your furry feline friends and I'm telling you, it's totally understandable. So what's more exciting than carving out a space for your cats and also yourself without killing your personal style?

And you don't ever have to worry about your silk curtains and lush leather sofa in shreds! As Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” said and I quote, “What you really want, is to live in a home that shows you care about your own comfort as well as the comfort and safety of your cats.”

 

1. Cats typically need less human companionship than other pets, and like to seek out quiet spots to be on their own. This might mean hiding beneath the couch or snuggling inside a cozy hole. Make sure you offer your cat places to spend some 'alone time' like this light wooded movable cat house that can also act as a great contemporary piece for your home!

And these unique cat houses definitely add character into the room!

 

 

2. Although your fluffy friends sleep A LOT, they'll also be interested in an elevated spot to nap or view their surroundings. Add a stylish cat tower, or build in climbing ledges through securely wall-mounted shelves.

 

3. You can also get some PurrPads for your furniture pieces! It helps to keep unwanted cat hair away and also offers a comfy place for your cat to lounge on.

 

4. If your kitties love destroying your luxurious sofas, try installing one of these scratch pads on the edge of your furniture! Or even better you can get a patterned one with which you can hang on the wall as an art piece!

 

5. You love your cats, but may not want the look of plastic cat paraphernalia to intrude upon your beautifully aesthetic rooms. Consider cute furniture-style designs, like the one shown below!

 

 

 

Coastal Wall Art For A Beachy Vibe | Kismet Decals

Coastal Wall Art For A Beachy Vibe

When you think about coastal, sea and beach inspired home decorations, it all leads back to the sunshine, sand, boats, nautical flags, sea shells and more. Beach inspired decorations always look so refreshing, relaxing and calm whether for your home or even party and wedding decorations!

But truth to be told, not all of us own a beach house and most of us aren't even lucky enough to live near a beach. So how do we incorporate some serious coastal vibe into our home without feeling out of place? Well, here comes the existence of wall arts! Below are a few of my favorite picks of photographs, prints, and paintings for all of you ocean lovers that would definitely bring a little coastal charm to our home wherever they are.

 

1. 'Calm Waters' by Karolis Janulis

This framed shot by Karolis Janulis features vivid tones and supple artistry.

 

2. Slim Aarons "Deck Dwellers"

April 1967—A general view looking down on sunbathers on the deck of a yacht, off the coast of the Bahamas. The image has been taken from a vantage point on the mast of the yacht.

 

3. 'Sea Bliss' by Ingrid Beddoes
By the talented English photographer Ingrid Beddoes. She create works that celebrate her love to travel, beaches, and the simple things in life.

 

4. 'Pacific Coast Highway' by Denise Wong

This abstract landscape piece features a painterly rendering of the Pacific Coast Highway, the famed stretch of road that runs along the California coast with the notion of taking the scenic route by a nature-inspired, bird's-eye perspective. 

 

5. 'Dappled Waves' Print
This charming wall art features dappled waves design in blue with deckled and floated edges on the mat which reminds foam floating above blue, calm waves.

 

Sage Green In The New Age | Kismet Decals

Sage Green In The New Age

Steel yourself, neutral beige and ultra purple, there's a new hue coming to town and I think you know who! If you have seen the Pinterest 100 list, the prediction of trends that are going to be a huge fad in 2018 based on what people are pinning on their boards then you would know that our next best friend, sage is about the have a momentous jiffy.

There's been over a 100% increase in pinned saves for the color "sage" not even including the decors — and it's easy to see why. This grey-ish green hue is a soft, gentle, kind to the eyes color that's easy to decorate with, but doesn't divagate into boring or unsurprising region, thus why it's dubbed a new contemporary neutral.

Paint the walls of your living room with the soft hue and wait for the compliments to pour in! As you can see, sage is also the perfect pop of color that blends effortlessly in a mid-century home with modern decor just like this room with stark colors and neutral furnishings and also a light wash, natural wood finish.

The possibilities of incorporating this color into your kitchen are endless! And I couldn't imagine a more serene backslash for your kitchen.

If painting your whole kitchen feels like overkill, then make your cabinets and island function as neutrals and make them the center of attention!

For a more creative and quirky flair, you can opt for a splash of matte sage on your bathtub! Especially for those who are not yet ready to commit to a whole wall.

Even if you're not into wall painting, you can also add sage colored gloss tiles for a mellow relaxed space.

And this bedroom just proves how versatile sage can be! It totally harmonize and complements just about anything including wood, contemporary patterns and even metallic finishes.

Feel like going all bold and all sage? Well then paint all of your walls and cabinets different shades of sage to add dimension to your monochrome green palette!