Nowadays, most homes do not have a designated formal space for entertaining guests and important people. Those days of formal get together and evening parties are rare in modern homes as space is a luxury in most modern cities. As a result, homes take on a casual approach when the living room is being designed and set up. However, being casual in your décor approach does not have to mean that you would not have anything definite to shape it with. Here are some ideas to help you get started.
Multi functional rooms
Most homes call for a multi functional living room as per modern lifestyles. In small homes the living room is the natural space to wander in when you wish to sit back and read the papers, making a call or to watch television. Hence, comfort along with style needs to be the essence of decorating your living room. Even if you have functional furniture pieces, make it special by using affordable inspirational wall stickers which will add a different touch to the room.
Draperies to choose
Much depends on the kind of draperies you choose to have for your living room. For a casual look it would do well to opt for light fabric curtains which are sheer fabrics that allow the light and air to flow through the room freely. If you have an open verandah or windows of the room, emphasis on openness by opting for light fabrics in draperies, add on inspirational wall stickers for a nice touch and a bohemian feel to the room.
Create a neutral backdrop
Those who are looking to have a casual living room space, it is best to create the background accordingly. You need pale wall shades to get started. This will allow you to mix and match among furniture items of different shades as well as to opt for colorful draperies that will help add a colorful and fun look to your liking room. Coordinate with colors and choose different shades for the furniture, carpet and other accessories so that a medley of color forms in the space.
Add on shelves and bins
In order to make your living room more functional, add to the shelves. These are easily set up with modular pieces that come in ready made forms. The shelves can act as multifunctional spaces where you could place books, décor items and others. Have bins in colorful and quirky designs where you could throw in magazines and toys to keep the space neatly in an easy manner. There are futon seats that can act as storage options which make them functional for small but delightful living room spaces.
If you’re a tourist in New York then you know that there is no way you can cover all the sites in the short time you’re there. Even life- time New Yorkers don’t get to see every part of their city and most just familiarize themselves with their residential or working boroughs. The best way to remember what you did manage to see and dream about what you didn’t see is to bring back some souvenirs from New York to last you for the rest of your days. Here are some tourist staples you can, and should, get:
Lady Liberty’s Trappings
The statue of Liberty is one of the world’s most recognized statues, ranking among the top ten most visited statues as well. No trip to New York is complete without a visit to Lady Liberty and a selfie with her in the background. Luckily for all tourists, the fun doesn’t end there. There is an assortment of Lady Liberty trappings that you can buy to take her home with you. Miniature Statues of Liberty, stuffed crowns like the one Lady Liberty wears (with the spikes that stick out), togas and paper weights with Lady Liberty snow globes are all available for the delight and delectation of tourists and sight- seers.
The New York City Landscape
Thanks to Hollywood and its fascination with New York, the city skyline is one of the most recognizable in popular culture. So the best thing you could possibly bring back with you is one of Manhattan skyline prints that are sold in tourist stores all over New York.
The reason why you should buy Manhattan skyline prints and not Brooklyn or Queens is that Midtown and Lower Manhattan has the thickest clusters of skyscrapers and the most recognizable skylines. Buildings like the Empire State Building and the Chrysler Building are New York icons, as well as being heavily featured in shows like CSI: NY and NYPD Blue. So take a bit of that skyline back with you. Az Jackson Gallery provides top notch large canvas prints for sale.
New York Cuisine
The greatest thing about cosmopolitan New York is its melting pot of different cultures and how that has given birth to a unique New York taste in food. The pizzas of Brooklyn and the East Village are world famous. However, it’s a little difficult to cart a pizza home, so instead, try another of New York’s famous foods that are smaller and easier fit into your hand luggage: bagels. If you haven’t has bagels for breakfast in New York with coffee from a deli, then you have not experienced the cuisine of New York. Forget the famous restaurants and their star- quality; the heart and soul of New York is on the streets so having a crisp bagel early in the morning just as traffic gets started is the best way to start your mornings.