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:: Easy Ways To Decorating Your Living Room ::

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Coastal living room witha beauitful view!Decorating a living room can be a stressful project to take on. You start the project with high hopes and a dream of new beginning in your living room. Well, once you get started you find out quick that this is never the case. So why not give yourself a head start and plan it right? We’ve got 3 easy steps on how to decorate your living room. This will help you on your decorating journey and make the process go a lot smoother. Alright, let’s get into it!

1. Work It or Toss It.

First thing you need to do is find out what’s staying and what’s going. Are you completely redoing the whole living room or are you keeping certain pieces? Take a look at what you want to keep in the space and how you’re going to use it. Does it need to be a repainted? Reupholstered? Moved? Find out what you want to keep and what will work with your new decor idea. If you it’s old, broken, no longer needed or doesn’t fit in the new decor style then get rid of it.

2. Decide On Your Colors.

Next it’s all about the colors. Deciding what color palette you want to use is a huge part of the decorating battle. Once you’ve picked your colors it’s all downhill from that point on. Actually picking your colors can be a difficult process if you have no idea what you want. Try looking at other spaces to find color palette inspiration or head down to your local hardware store and grab some swatches to play around with. Just be certain on what colors you want because no one wants to repaint a freshly painted wall right after you change your mind.

3. Add Your Style.

This is the most important part of the process. Don’t forget to add your personal style to the space. Try not to get caught up in what other designers or friends are doing. Don’t get us wrong, definitely use other’s design ideas for inspiration, but do it in your own way. The best part of adding your style is that it is constantly and always evolving and changing. There’s no time limit on your design process so it’s okay to take your time and really figure out what you want to add to the space. Maybe you want to go minimal and modern coastal or nautical with your living room. Find out what you want and then let the decorating begin!
Coastal living room with coasatal art on the wall Simple coastal cottage living room Tropical coastal living room with an amazing vewCoastal living room decorated with stripes and fun patterns

:: Decorate With Natural Tones ::

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Dining room decorated with warm, natural tonesHave you enter a space and instantly felt comfortable? Felt at home? Do you ever wonder how a designer does that? Well, to be honest, there’s not just one single way to accomplish that feeling. There are actually many different ways. But let’s narrow down and focus in on one way you can accomplish this feeling in your home. If you haven’t guessed by the title of this post, “Decorate With Natural Tones”, then boy do we have surprise for you!

That’s right! Use natural tones to create a feeling of warm and cozy comfort. Warm tones create a sense of peace and familiarity. They welcome you with open arms and bring joy. Think about golden hour and how the sunset creates a tone of magical light. On the other side, blue tones are regarded as cold and sometimes lifeless. Think sterile, crime show morgue and you can feel how cold and empty the space is. These quick examples show how powerful tones can be in design. They can hit you subconsciously and transform your mood without you even realizing.

Once you realize that the tones throughout your home play a very powerful role, you can use them to decorate. Natural and neutral tones can help create a relaxed feeling and look in the home. It puts you at ease and is easy on the eyes, unlike a bright and colorful home that can bombard your visual sense (no offense to overly colorful homes, we applaud your bold decor). That’s not to say that colors don’t play a role because they can certain play a part in the show. Just apply subtly throughout and use the idea of less is more.

If you want a quick and easy visual reference to what we are talking about, look no further. We’ve grabbed a couple beautifully designed spaces that use natural and neutral tones that evoke the warm sense of welcome. Take a look, catch a feel and let it help transform your design abilities.
Natural tone decorated on a cozy day bed Natural tones in the bathroom

:: New Year, New Home Rule ::

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coastal home decor in a rustic beach houseThe new year is a chance to start fresh in life and in your home. One thing we can all agree on is that we never have enough space in our homes. Everyone can always use a little extra counter space here or some extra closet space there. What if we looked at this ‘space’ problem a little differently this year? What if, instead, we get rid of the stuff taking up space? This could be the year you reclaim your home and finally clear up some space for the stuff that really matters.

Can this be done? The answer is yes.

There’s one simple rule to accomplish this goal. The rule is:

If it doesn’t serve a utilitarian purpose and hasn’t been used in 6 months, get rid of it.

Donate it, sell it off, repurpose it and, if you have to, throw it out. Just get rid of it. Some people will find this task a lot harder than others. There is a major psychological element to actually get rid of items that we own. If you find yourself struggling, try bumping up the time of unused items to a year. The point is to create space in the house, get rid of clutter and free yourself from the unnecessary junk.

And before anyone says anything, there are exceptions. The exceptions can be things like collectables, heirloom pieces, extremely sentimental items and whatever you want to keep. This is just an easy guide to help you take a honest and real inventory of your belongings. We all know we don’t need 27 sweaters or 17 blankets, so let’s give it to those who do need these things. Start this year by helping yourself and others. Happy New Year!

:: Two Questions To Help You Get Cozy Over The Holidays ::

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Coastal kitchen decorated for the holidays with ribbonsThis holiday season focus on the important things: friends, family and coziness. There’s nothing better than curling up with a warm blanket and getting extra cozy, especially during the holidays. We aren’t shy about our feelings when it comes to being cozy, we love it! But why not bring that idea to your home decor? It should be easy when it’s cold and Christmas time is here. It’s an easy process of elimination and addition to get your home ready for maximum holiday cheer and cozy comfort. All you have to do is ask yourself two very simple questions.

First question: does it keep me warm? If the answer is yes, then we keep it, add it, buy it, love it and get warm with it. If the answer is no, we get rid of it. Simple as that. We’ll see it again when warmer days come back.

Second question: is it only socially acceptable to display/decorate with this during December without looking like a crazy person? If the answer is yes, then again we keep it, add it, buy it, love it and get warm with it! If the answer is no, we do it anyway! Okay, maybe not, but I’m sure most of us would like to because Christmas time is best.

That’s all it takes. It’s that simple. Little effort, maximum result! Get your home more cozy and more Christmas-y with those two simple questions. Stay warm and don’t forget to have fun!
Cozy coastal cottage with blankets to keep warm during the holidays Cozy coastal cottage with Christmas decor Rustic holiday decor in a cozy coastal cottage Santa pillow on the chair in a cottage style home

:: Coastal Chandeliers ::

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Coastal dining room with a shell chandelierGo coastal with a chandelier that makes a statement! Complete the look in your home’s dining room or entryway with a chandelier that radiates coastal style. Once you’ve picked out a dining table that works in the dining room, accompany the space with chandelier that truly shines. Looking to finish your entryway? Hang an elegant chandelier that fills the space and welcomes all to your home. Well designed chandelier decor can complete a dining room or entryway unlike any other decor piece. Check out three of our favorite chandeliers we carry at Tuvalu Home!

white wash metal and wood beads chandelierThe white wash metal and wood beads chandelier is a coastal inspired chandelier with wood beads has the perfect balance of natural elements and elegant lines. Shop this chandelier here!

moroccan metal chandelier with coco sticksThe moroccan metal chandelier with coco sticks is a great way to add a touch of elegance to your coastal home. It creates a light and airy look in the space and hangs with purpose. Get a closer look the moroccan metal chandelier!

currey & company palm beach lanternThe currey & company palm beach lantern showcases a great combination of bamboo and wrought iron with its graceful curves and detailing. It’s a perfect chandelier for a tropical inspired beach home. Shop the palm beach lantern online!

:: 3 Quick Decorating Tips For Tropical Design In Your Home ::

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Beautiful tropical decor inspired outdoor patio spaceTropical home decor is great for transforming your home into the tropical island getaway you’ve always wanted. Incorporate lush, green plants and natural, earthy tones to create a tropical paradise. Today we have 3 quick decorating tips for tropical design in your home. These tips will help you get started on a tropical home decor journey in the place you call home.

1. Keep It Tonal
Go neutral with the colors and tones in your home. Step away from the typical tropical style that uses bright colors and crazy patterns. Create an environment and space that invokes relaxing island feels. Try decorating with whites and natural colors.

2. Lush Greens
Tropical locales are always rich in greens. Upon seeing bright greens and palm leaves, you’re immediately transported to the tropical state of mind. Pair the vibrant greens with a neutral color palette and really create a lasting impression.

3. Natural Elements
Designing with natural materials not only brings an element of nature, but a look that can withstand the weather. Tropical regions are prone to wet weather and need materials that can look good as well as preform. Turn to designing with light colored woods or even dark, rich woods to create a striking look.
Tropical design elements in an outdoor seating area Tropical home with a thatched roof and simple wood furniture Tropical home with high ceilings decorated with a neutral color paletteTropical home with an open flow throughout the space

:: Coastal Bedrooms For Kids ::

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Designing for kids is always a blast! You get to decorate with all the fun and playful options that you normally don’t get to. Dust off that crazy imagination and get ready to collaborate with the most fun clients around – kids. The excitement that comes from them participating in the design of their new space is what it’s all about. Let’s take a look a few rooms to get you in the right design space and bring out your inner child!

Colors, color, colors! You have an endless color options and palettes to work with when it comes to kids’ bedrooms. No color is off limits. Not all designers want to stray too far from the overall style and feel of the home’s decor which means they won’t go too crazy with the colors. And others will let the kids pick out their favorite colors and go wild! It’s a great way to get the kids involved and creates a fun environment for them to be themselves. You don’t want them waking up in a dark, gloomy space do you? No way! So bring out the colors!

Looking to bring a little color to the kid’s bedroom, but not wanting to go all out? Then colored accents are your new best friends! Use accent colors to bring small pops of bright colors into the space without going overboard with colors. Stay true to the home’s overall theme and still have a little fun in the kid’s room. Accenting the right pieces can be tricky, you want the accented pieces to be noticed, however, you don’t want eyes to linger on them. Start with a few accented pieces and then add or subtract from there.

You can bring fun design pieces into the kid’s bedroom that both of you will like! Do you have an extra model sail boat, vintage chest or rustic dresser that needs a home? Well, there’s no reason to count out the kids’ bedrooms. They will get a kick out of having something like a model sail boat in their room and you can finally display it instead of hiding it in the garage or attic.

Speaking of model sail boats, they are the perfect addition and decor pieces for the kids’ bedrooms. Designers beware, you may want to avoid investing in antique or vintage model because they are more than likely going to be looked at as toys and not models. We all know where that leads – broken or ‘lost’.

Not into bright colors? Here’s kids’ bedroom designed with soft, neutral colors. It’s simple, calm and inviting. There’s nothing over the top about this space and there doesn’t need to be; sometimes less is more. We love a space that looks like it was put together effortlessly and this has just that look.

:: How To Design With Little Natural Light ::

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Coastal entryway with light colors and clean linesAll homes are not created equal. Every home has it’s unique features that challenge and force us to get creative. One of the biggest challenges can be natural lighting. It’s something that every home owner wants, but doesn’t always get. Also, it seems that every ’10 Way To Coastal Design’ list or article always says to design with natural light. But what if you don’t have that luxury? Are you just suppose to knock down walls or cut holes out for windows? Okay, that’s dramatic, but what are you really suppose to do? Natural light is a great suggestion to ‘design with’ and we always support the use of it, but for some homes it’s just not an option. For those finding themselves on the lower natural light end of the spectrum there is hope. We have 3 ways to decorate for darker spaces that don’t require demolition.

First, design and decorate with lighter colors. Using a lighter color palette will instantly make a room feel brighter. It’s a known fact that white reflects light and black absorbs it. If you decorate towards the whiter, lighter side of the color spectrum you will find yourself with more light in the space.

Second, add mirrors to the space to help reflect light. You’re at least going to have a window or two that will splash some light into your home and you need to take advantage of that! Use a mirror to not only open up the space, but to help add extra light.

Third, layer your lights to create a well lit and balanced space. Layering your lights consists of using ambient, task and accent lighting together in order to maximize the light. Each light source works with one another to help make a full, well lit home.
Nautical style bathroom with bold designWhite kitchen with a simple look

:: How To Create A Coastal Gallery Wall ::

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Coastal galler wall with sea animal inspired artA gallery wall is a great way to display art and take full advantage of the walls in your home. There’s no need for your walls to stay bare and look plain. Creating a gallery wall is an easy way to solve that problem. If you follow these 3 steps to create your gallery wall, you’ll have your walls covered and looking good in no time!

1. Pick Out Your Art
First, and foremost, you need to pick out the art you wish to display. Pick out fun and creative pieces that make up a unique gallery wall. You can decide if your gallery wall is made up completely of art prints or if you want to incorporate other pieces of art or objects. Display pieces that reflect your style and create a gallery wall that is special to you.

2. Lay It Out
Before you start mounting your art, lay it out on the ground. Get an idea of what works and looks good before you start putting holes in your wall. Seriously, lay it out on the ground. The last thing you want to do is decide halfway through installing the art that you’ve changed your mind or you find out that certain pieces don’t fit well together. Don’t find yourself stuck covering up holes! The best part about a gallery wall layout is there’s no ‘right way’ to do it. The way it looks is entirely up to you! Get creative with the wall space and your art!

3. Put It Up
The last step after you finalize your layout on the ground (yes, we are going to stress that again) is to mount each piece of your gallery wall. This is the step that is going to take the longest and some patience. Get yourself a stud finder, a leveler, some nails and a hammer. You may also want to look into drywall screws and drywall anchors too. Gallery walls don’t always line up perfectly with studs and you should always mount things properly. Once you have the right tools and hardware, pick a piece and start mounting your gallery wall! Then step back and enjoy your new gallery wall.

Coastal gallery wall in a cottage style homeCoastal gallery wall with different layers of art and nautical objectsCoastal gallery wall with ocean inspired wall artNautical inspired gallery wall with sailboat art

:: Oar Decor ::

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Coastal cottage with nautical inspired decorIf you’re looking to add nautical flare to your home then look no further because we’ve got exactly what you need! That’s right! We’re talking about oars! It’s a simple way to bring nautical charm to your home. You can mount them on the wall and display them like art or decorate them around the house to create full spaces. Oars can be a great vintage piece to add to your coastal home as well. Head out to flee markets or antique stores to hunt down the perfect, vintage oars for your walls! Check out how these designers have used oars to decorate these spaces. Get inspired by the oars and bring more nautical style to your home today!
Coastal dining space with nautical decorations Cozy coastal cottage dining space Simple coastal bedroom with oars hangin on the walls as decorationCoastal living room with nautical decor inspiration