(BPT) - The latest trends in home decor reveal a desire for a feeling of tranquility and calmness, perhaps as a response to today’s overly busy and distracted lifestyles. From Marie Kondo’s decluttering craze to a return to natural materials in home design, everyone is looking for a way to create a peaceful, less hectic inner space. When it comes to home decor, less is definitely more.
How can you tap into this yen for a little more Zen?
1. Simplify your design strategy
When revamping your room to create a more minimalist effect, choose a limited color palette, meaning one to three colors at most. Select mostly more muted or neutral colors, though you can use one vivid color in a piece of furniture or art to grab the spotlight.
Let the textures of the materials that you use for the floors, walls, ceilings and furnishings — whether they are natural wood, stone, ceramics, glass, tile, fabrics or canvas — create the room's visual interest instead of yesterday’s too-busy colors and patterns. Choose a couple of contrasting textures, like glass and reclaimed lumber, or woven fabric and stone, to highlight in the room for the best effect.
2. Declutter your spaces
Decide what items you really want and need to be in each room and get rid of the rest — or find a way to store it neatly, preferably out of sight. One of the greatest visual clutter culprits today comes from technology. It's hard to know what to do with the mass and tangle of cords from all the latest gadgets, power strips and chargers everyone uses in their homes.
To streamline the technology you use for viewing TV, movies and more, a product from LG Electronics USA can solve your cord clutter problem and turn your living room into an amazing home viewing theater. The LG CineBeam AI ThinQ 4K Laser Projector (HU85LA) creates an impressive 90- to 120-inch cinematic screen by placing it just 2.2 to 7.2 inches away from the wall, needing no complicated installation. With its streamlined and compact design, the state-of-the-art projector incorporates LG's ThinQ AI and has the Google Assistant built-in so you can control your compatible smart home devices with just your voice.
3. Choose furnishings with clean lines
When you're selecting new furniture for your minimalist rooms, look for high-quality, standout pieces designed with clean lines, with no fussy design details or busy patterns. Don't acquire more furniture than the room really needs. Chances are you can do without all those end tables and extra chairs.
Make one exceptional, stylish piece of furniture be the focal point for each room, and don’t over-furnish or over-decorate the space around it. Then avoid the urge to smother the couch or sectional with tons of blankets and throw pillows. Let the furniture speak for itself.
4. Streamline artistic expression
Instead of filling every wall with pictures, choose just one accent wall, eliminating excessive decor elements around it. Let one work of art dominate that space, reducing any competition for attention.
The LG CineBeam Laser Projector can display a chosen photograph or work of art on your accent wall. With 8.3 million pixels, it delivers impeccable precision and detail at four times the resolution of full HD, along with incredibly vibrant color reproduction. It works without the need to darken the room around it, using gentle light that produces clear images without any harsh brightness.
5. Leave plenty of open space
Resist the urge to fill every corner and surface of the room with ornaments and knickknacks. It's the open space, unencumbered by any visual clutter, that creates the feeling of calm and tranquility you're craving.
And if you're lucky enough to have a great view out the window, install only simple, streamlined window treatments — or no window treatments at all — to highlight that view.
Minimalist decor is all about making careful choices and choosing the best quality furnishings and decor over quantity of items. You can turn any room into a beautiful showcase that you'd be happy to entertain and live in, with some thoughtful decision-making. To learn more about improving your home technology, visit LG.com.
It's hard to keep a house clean and tidy, but maintaining a clean home is a great way to keep yourself and your family healthy. There are hazards lurking when homes aren't cleaned properly and chaos and disorganization are allowed to take hold.
Dangers of Dirty Carpets
Carpets can be soft and plush under your feet, but they are also a major health hazard. Dirty carpet that isn't cleaned properly holds onto dirt and allergens that can be harmful to those in your home. While frequent vacuuming is a good start, it's not enough to clean carpets as thoroughly as necessary. You should have someone professionally clean your carpet to make sure the job is done thoroughly. This is especially important to do if you haven’t cleaned your carpet for a long time. Remember, children roll around and place their faces on the floor all the time. A dirty floor is a major health issue.
Dangers of Clutter
Clutter is not only an eyesore. Clutter that is left on the floor can actually cause injuries. Trip and fall accidents are a very common cause of broken bones. Tiny cars with wheels, blocks, or other items left on the floor are easy for anyone in the house to trip on, and this can lead from everything to a minor annoyance to a major injury. It's also not good to let clutter sit on surfaces and collect dust. This leaves your entire home dusty and will allow allergens to hide in plain sight. Invest in bins to hold clutter and keep your surfaces and floors clear. Set up a system where everyone is responsible for putting up what they take out, even children. Kids can learn early how to keep the house tidy and be a big help.
Mental Dangers of Clutter
Besides being a physical hazard, a dirty, unorganized house can also exacerbate mental health issues or be a sign that they already exist. Many people are overwhelmed by clutter and may feel less focused if the surrounding environment is chaotic. Sometimes people's homes are a reflection of their mental state. In this case, a messy house that looks neglected can be a sign of depression or anxiety. Trying to keep a tidy, clean home is a sign that you are functioning okay mentally, and it may also be a way to help your mind feel less chaotic overall.
Dangers of Mold
A house that isn't cleaned often may have mold lurking in it. Water leaks, wet clothes left on the floor, and other signs of neglect can lead to mold development that is hazardous to health. Mold is not great for anyone to be around, but those who struggle with allergies and asthma can have a really hard time if mold creeps into their dirty homes. That's why it's important to clean up spills, check for leaks, and make sure surfaces stay dry. It's also important to clean the bathroom frequently since mold can set up in that room easily.
Not only is cleaning your home important for appearances’ sake—it’s also important for your health. A clean home really is healthier than a dirty, cluttered house. It's less of a threat to your well-being, so do what you can to keep your home clean.
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