Granted, to a very large extent, interior designers help paint a picturesque sight in your home, but you cannot paint a picture without a drawing first. That’s your job as the homeowner – to have an idea of what you want to create before the designers jump into action to make your imagination reality. In reality, the interior design industry is very wide and vast, providing you with several choices to pick from. This is both good and bad for you as a homeowner because apart from your choices, you may also be faced with the challenge of which to pick, which to run with.
Of course, interior designing is a very complicated and technical field, and you may not know a thing about it, neither do you know what to tell your designer. It may be our job, but it is your home. We have carefully compiled a list of the 7 top and most unique interior design trends that would take over the industry in 2020 for you to pick or gain inspiration from.
This year, a lot of people are opting for arches in their home interior. It doesn’t take a genius to decipher that the end of 2019 saw a lot of indoor pictures on social media, and arches was the trendy design. Based on precedents, the design is going to be in more demand this year.
This interior design trend entails having your doors, headboards, and walls curved, rather than straight. It gives the home an exquisite look of glamour and touch of class. The biggest hotels and restaurants are already adopting this interior design, and this essentially is what will fuel the high demand.
The Plaster Effect
The key thing in interior design trends is that the design must evolve and take a better shape. Against this background, the plaster effect moves away from the brickwork and heavy metal on walls, to more subtle elegant sandy textured walls reminiscent of raw plaster.
Apparently, not only is the love for the environment and ecosystem evident in advocacy, there is a drastic shift to eco friendly interior design trends, and the plaster effect is one of the eco friendly trends. No longer will acrylic oil-based paints with bad volatile organic compounds have a place in homes this year.
Still on walls, the new cool is having it strewn with little stars, galaxy murals, galactic surfaces, and cosmic tile works. This interior design trend gives your walls the appearance of a night sky or galaxy and is sure to turn heads when you have guests over. Who doesn’t like the attention? This year, you might want to go for the constellation design for your walls.
As far as interior design trends are concerned, the dark kitchen is one to look out for. The demand for black and navy-blue kitchens and cabinets are up to 93% in the past six months. The color blue has experienced particularly high demand on cabinets, walls, or floors. Blue has elegantly replaced white and grey.
Demand and searches for velvet beddings have increased by 400% in the past six months. It is the most searched fabric, making it way up there among the latest and best interior design trends for 2020. It looks both seductive and homely; a wise and tasteful choice.
Painted Floor Tiles
Of all the aforementioned interior design trends, the painted floor tiles are the most affordable and convenient. It essentially is painting your kitchen tiles to a distinct and fashionable color. It is a very beautiful home upgrade and it’s a welcome departure from the already out-of-date linoleum.
Cut Out Couch
When it comes to furniture, interior design trends have evolved from the conventional couches to ‘cut out’ couches with smooth edges and a bench sofa feel. It looks grand and is among the most searched and demanded for as far as furnishing is concerned.
Also, rather than having the other chairs in the living room face the T.V set, a new trend is allowing them to face each other, giving it a new look and feel. Trust me, this emerging interior design trend looks more amazing than it sounds. Your home would be the talk of the neighborhood.
Tip #1: Rejuvenate Your Eyes
Our eyes love to show our current physical and mental state. This means that when you’re exhausted, it’s one of the first things that people around you will notice. Thanks to the power of caffeine though, you don’t have to look too far for a natural way to de-puff your peepers!
So why do so many people turn to caffeine to brighten their eyes? There are several reasons, actually. First of all, caffeine brightens our skin and helps to remove those pesky dark circles. You know, the ones that like to hang out under our eyes.
In addition to decreasing the appearance of those dark circles, caffeine also helps our skin reduce inflammation when it’s puffed up. Caffeine actually constricts the blood vessels right underneath our skin, and by doing so we get our regular skin tone back.
There are plenty of eye treatments on the market that promise to do all of this, but buyer beware. Steer clear of those with too many chemicals and look for ones that are primarily made up of caffeine and B vitamins. Better yet, try this easy at-home remedy.
All you need to do is steep two, caffeinated tea bags in very hot water for about a minute or so. Then place both of them on a plate and put in your refrigerator to chill.
Once they’re nice and cold, put one on each of your closed eyelids for up to 15 minutes. Voila! Goodbye tired eyes and hello, sunshine! To really see the difference, consider taking a before and after shot of your eyes.
Tip #2: Coconut Oil for Your
Not only is coconut oil good for your physical health, but it also has many benefits when applied directly to your skin.
Coconut oil is high in good kinds of fat, which is why cooking with it is so beneficial. But those same fats also contain antimicrobial properties, which means they’re great for your skin as well.
There are many different types of skin infections that you can develop; Athlete’s foot and folliculitis are just a couple. By incorporating coconut oil into your natural skincare routine, your chances of developing a skin infection drastically diminishes.
More than half of the fatty acids in coconut oil are lauric acid, which is extremely antimicrobial and helps ward off nasty bacteria. In fact, studies have shown it to be one of the best fatty acids to prevent bacterial infections.
You can easily incorporate coconut oil into your natural skincare by using it as a body moisturizer, hair mask, and even as a facial moisturizer.
It’s important to keep your skin type in mind before trying coconut oil, though, as it can clog your pores. Start by using it on a small patch of your skin and see how you react. If you’re unsure of your skin type, then consult with a physician who can make that determination with you.
Make sure to always opt for the all-natural variety to avoid adding any extra unneeded chemicals to your skin.
Tip #3: Natural Facelifts
As we get older, our skin slowly loses its elasticity. This leads to a sagging face that can reflect our true age, sometimes even making us look older than we really are. But you don’t have to spend a penny to fix this common skincare concern.
Yoga is an ancient form of stretching that thousands of people practice on a daily basis. In addition to keeping our joints intact and strong, there are certain moves that will give you an instant facelift.
Before having your picture taken or going to a big event, take a few minutes and practice one or more of the following yoga poses:
Downward-Facing Dog: Start in plank position like you’re getting ready to do a pushup. Slowly bring your rear and abdomen upward, making an upside-down v with your body. Hold this pose for several seconds and then move back into plank position.
Deep Forward Fold: Standing straight, keep your feet firmly planted as you lean forward, letting your hands fall straight in front of you. Hold for one to five minutes, and then slowly come back up. To stretch your shoulders, fold your arms, grabbing your elbows and gently sway your torso from side to side.
Bridge Pose: Laying on your back with your feet stretched out in front of you and your hands behind your head, slowly lift and arch your back until the top of your head is touching the ground. Hold for one to five minutes, and then slowly lower yourself back down.
As with any physical activity, please check with your healthcare provider ahead of time.
All of these movements increase blood circulation to your face, along with giving it a temporary facelift.
Yet another reason to start practicing yoga!
Tip #4: Calming Green Algae
If you think back to your middle school days, specifically when you were learning about chlorophyll, you probably remember playing with algae. Well, there’s a reason to start playing with it again, as an adult: natural skincare!
Chlorella vulgaris, which is the scientific word for algae, is chock full of beta carotene and lutein, which are minerals that your body needs. Beta carotene is an anti-aging miracle nutrient, thanks to the high levels of antioxidants. No wonder your parents made you eat so many carrots as a kid!
But what is lutein, and why is it good for you?
More than ever, we are feeling our deep connection to one another. Cell phones, tablets, computers, and technological advancements leave your loved ones at the touch of a button.
Chances are, you spend a good amount of your day staring at some type of screen.
That can show in your eyes.
Lutein works as a barrier from blue light exposure for your eyes, which is exactly the type of light that hits you when you stare at screens. In addition to being used as a natural barrier, it also does double duty for your skin.
This amazing antioxidant actually increases both skin hydration and elasticity!
The benefits of algae in terms of skincare:
3. Reduces fine lines and wrinkles
And the best part is, algae isn’t specific to just one type of skin. Which means that it doesn’t matter if yours is oily or dry, you can still reap the benefits.
While there are plenty of natural skincare products that contain algae, consider buying some powdered algae and making your own face mask at home. Just mix 1/4 cup of the powder with, either 2 tablespoons of olive oil (for dry skin), or 2 tablespoons of clay (for oily skin. Add your favorite essential oil, some water, and apply to your clean face. Relax for 20 minutes and then rinse off. Make this a regular part of your skincare routine to see the long- term benefits of algae!
Tip #5: Stay Hydrated
We hear it all the time: drinking water is so important, and for good reason. Our body is made up of more than 50% water, which we lose throughout the day when we perspire. But it’s not just our internal body that takes a hit when we become dehydrated.
It shows in our face, too.
Unlike sugar-laden soda and drinks filled with chemicals, pure water helps to flush out toxins within our body. Those toxins can wreak havoc to our skin, causing uneven skin tones and loss of elasticity.
Furthermore, our blood needs somewhere to look when it gets low in water and becomes dehydrated. That’s when it leeches onto skin cells and sucks up all of that water, which can often result in dark eye circles and deep eye sockets.
If you’ve ever eaten something that’s high in sodium, such as pretzels, then you know how it feels to retain water. Because that’s what sodium does. And when we retain water, it can often show in our skin.
Drinking plenty of water not only helps get rid of that bloat, but it also helps get rid of the puffiness that accompanies water retention.
And if you’ve ever experienced acne as an adult, then you’ll want to consider drinking even more water. Some of the toxins that contribute to adult acne can easily be flushed away with higher water intake.
As you can see, you don’t need to invest in expensive skincare or necessarily give up your favorite salty snack. Just try sneaking in a little more water, then watch and feel your skin get back to its glory days!
Tip #6: Exercise, Meditation
While taking care of your body has some obvious benefits for your physical health, you might be surprised to know just how much it affects your skin too. And that includes keeping stress at bay.
When you go to bed after a long day, your main goal is to recharge your internal clock. But what you might not know, is that as that’s happening, your skin is naturally rejuvenating itself. So not only do you need a good night’s sleep to physically function, but your skin needs it too!
To ensure that you rest long enough every night, make sure to maintain a peaceful and relaxing bedroom atmosphere. Turn off all mobile devices and invest in a good mattress. Try reading before you go to bed instead of watching television.
In addition to getting a good night’s sleep, it’s imperative to have a solid and healthy exercise routine, and not just for your physical health. By regularly exercising, you’re getting rid of stress and releasing endorphins. Getting rid of stress means getting rid of toxins, which can cause your skin to look and feel lackluster.
Before starting an exercise routine, be sure to meet with your physician.
Another great stress reliever is meditation. When we relax and calm our minds, focusing only on our breathing, we tend to look at everything around us in a brand-new light. Having a more positive outlook means less stress on our bodies, which equates to an overall healthy glow.
If you make all three of these changes as part of your new, natural skincare routine, you’ll be surprised at how much better you look and feel in just a short amount of time. When you feel good on the inside, it shows on the outside!
Tip #7: Tea Tree Oil
You’ve probably heard about the many benefits of tea tree oil, which is derived from Melaleuca Alternifolia, also known as, Tea Trees. They are full of medicinal properties. It’s no wonder that so many people keep a bottle on hand and the essential oil movement is on the rise!
Tea Tree oil is great for soothing dry skin, and its natural antiseptic qualities help combat oily skin as well. So, if you have either dry or oily skin, look for a natural lotion that contains real tea tree oil. It’s important that it be diluted, since Tea Tree oil is so potent.
If you have itchy skin, consider applying some directly to the affected area. You’ll want to dilute with a carrier oil, though. It’s recommended that you use 12 drops of another oil to every two or three drops of Tea Tree. And being very antibacterial means it’s perfect for healing wounds stemming from bacterial infections.
Tea Tree oil is also great for treating boils, which often occur from skin rubbing together and getting overheated. Treat the infected area by diluting some Tea Tree oil with water, dabbing it on a cotton swab and applying it to the boil two or three times per day. It will slowly cause the boil to come to a head and begin to heal.
Be sure to keep the surrounding area of your skin clean by applying a washcloth, since you don’t want to spread the infection onto. What will come out will be a mixture of blood and puss, and it’s best to keep that contained. Once properly drained, apply a bandage and change it daily until fully healed.
You can find Tea Tree oil in whole foods stores and medicinal shops, along with many online retailers.
Tip #8: Limes
When you think of limes, you probably think of tropical drinks or lemon-lime soda. But this popular citrus fruit is actually very beneficial for your skin.
If you have any dark spots on your skin that you’d like to brighten, then invest in some limes and cotton balls. Simply take a bit of lime juice, dip a cotton ball in it, and apply it to the affected area for about a half an hour.
This same technique can help fade scars and pimple markings, thanks to its natural bleaching agent. And if you suffer from loose skin, then good news: it helps with that, too!
In addition to all the above, lime juice is also full of antibiotic properties that help inhibit the growth of acne-causing bacteria.
You don’t have to lime juice directly to the skin to reap its benefits, though.
Your skin can still get a glow from it by drinking the following concoction: the juice of one lime, a tablespoon of honey, and eight ounces of lukewarm water mixed together, every morning. The natural bleaching properties will help give your skin an overall glow.
Consider using lime peel as a scrub, too. There are plenty of easy, at-home recipes that call for just a few easy to find ingredients, plus lime peel, which will save you from applying chemicals found in commercially made face scrubs. Natural skincare, for the win!
Tip #9: Shea Butter
Shea butter is popping up everywhere nowadays. The next time you’re at the store, take a look at the skincare aisle and notice how many lotions contain this natural moisturizer.
It’s popular for many reasons, one of them being that it encourages natural collagen production.
Collagen is what our skin needs to feel full and lustrous, filling out those fine lines and wrinkles. And it’s perfect for all skin types, which means you can reap the benefits whether your skin is dry, combination, or oily!
Shea butter also melts at body temperature, which makes it perfect for absorbing in through our pores. Like some other items mentioned on here, it’s also high in fatty acids that our skin needs.
An amazing compound found in shea butter is phenolic, which protects skin from free radicals. Loosely translated, that means that it’s anti-aging, which is a big plus when it comes to natural skincare. When used regularly, it can also help to prevent stretch marks!
There are plenty of natural shea butter lotions that you can buy, but you can also purchase pure shea butter and apply it directly to your skin.
Just remember to try and avoid as many harsh chemicals as possible when buying anything that you’re going to put on-or in- your body. It deserves the best!
Tip #10: Facial Steaming
You’ve probably seen pictures and videos of women getting steamy facials. It’s a popular procedure at beauty salons for many reasons. But don’t worry, you don’t have to loosen the purse strings too much to get one yourself.
Steaming your face opens your pores, which means it loosens all of that built-up gunk and dirt. It also gets rid of acne-causing bacteria as well. It opens your pores, which is great if you suffer from millia: small, white bumps on your face that are full of oil.
Steaming your face also warms up the surface for any facial treatments you’ll be getting, which is why estheticians like to do it before applying face masks. And it also enhances circulation, which is perfect for maintaining a youthful glow.
To do an at-home steaming session, simply boil some water, place in a heatproof bowl, drape a towel over your neck, and steam for 10-15 minutes before patting dry.
If you feel like splurging, you can also buy an at-home facial steamer and use that instead. Whichever you prefer, just so long as you steam your face and open those pores!
There are lots of ways to go greener at home. The kitchen is one of the best places to do this. Go beyond recycling to greening your everyday kitchen and dining items.
We are not suggesting you ditch your dinnerware, but if you have to replace it, look for dinnerware that is made from 100% recycled glass.
Try BPA-free plastic containers to cut down on food packaging like foil and wax paper. Also use them for packing lunches for the whole family. Create your own make and freeze meals by cooking in bulk and dividing them into homemade TV dinners. This will be healthier, save money and cut down on packaging waste compared to buying frozen meals in the supermarket.
Cooking and Serving Utensils
Rosewood is a durable and sustainable material, which makes it an ideal choice for cooking and serving utensils. Invest in rosewood utensils such as salad servers, spoons, spatulas, cake servers and anything else that suits your lifestyle and level of entertaining. For best results, wash your wooden utensils by hand and oil occasionally with bamboo cleaning oil to keep them looking new.
Recycled glass bowls or recycled metal bowls are durable and attractive, and can be used for everything from fruit and bread to salad bowls. Invest in several bowls in different sizes. Choose a versatile design that will work well with your dinnerware and suit both formal and informal occasions.
Placemats come in a variety of materials. Many are recycled or made from bamboo, which is strong and durable. Choose styles and materials that suit your décor and dinnerware. Look for Fair Trade items that support small business owners and craftspeople in the developing world.
Green glassware should be durable and attractive. Aim for recycled glass and a range of sizes, such as small and tall glasses, wine glasses, pitchers and more.
Aim for durable and attractive. Steer clear of cheap mugs made overseas with potentially hazardous glazes. In terms of travel mugs, aim for stainless and recycled. Take care of the tops so the leak-proof seal does not wear out.
Cutting boards should be made of wood. They are durable, take care of your knives and don’t breed germs the way plastic can. Aim for bamboo, which is sturdy and sustainable. Cutting boards come in all shapes, sizes and colors.
Think sustainable fabrics such as hemp and organic cotton. Your apron will also protect your clothes so you can cut down on laundry and all of the resources that are used up when you do it.
Dishwashers are generally not considered to be green, but if you have a huge volume of washing up to do regularly, look for appliances with a high energy-star rating and that conserve water. Use greener cleaners and skip the steam drying. Let the cycle complete, then open the door to let them air dry. Or dry with a cotton dishcloth and then put away so your dishwasher will be ready for another load.
Of course, you’ll need to draw the line somewhere and all of us will vary in regard to just how minimal we want to be.
Do you want to cut back entirely and live in a hut in the wilderness with no TV? Or do you want to have a few luxury items to create an incredible lifestyle that looks much more expensive than it is while keeping your maintenance down?
And you also need to think about your other expenses and where they come in. A minimalist home and lifestyle might be used to support specific visions for your décor, but it can also be used to support a lifestyle of travel, of financial security, or of being able to send your children to the very best colleges.
If you know you love travelling, then why bother buying a huge house?
Why not buy a small one bedroom flat in an area that is affordable and then pump all of that money into travelling? Having a smaller home can actually force you to live that more minimalist lifestyle and help you to really make the most of what you have instead of extended your reach.
This is not what the media wants us to believe. This is not what big corporations want us to discover.
It’s not even what the politicians want us to know. As we’ve alluded to already, modern culture is geared toward creating things that people want (but don’t need) in order to give us a motivation to keep working harder and harder. The irony is that actually being healthy and warm can cost a tiny amount.
If you head to the right part of the country and buy a property that is small enough, you can potentially completely pay off a mortgage in a couple of years.
Combine that with a minimalist lifestyle, some self-sufficiency… and in a few years’ time you’ll have all the things you’ve ever wanted while spending barely a couple of hundred dollars a month on your living costs.
You’ll never face debt again and if you can find a way to make just a small amount of money online, then you can even quit the 9-5. Life really can be how you want it!
Creating a Budget for Your Minimal Lifestyle
Again, it comes down to having that vision, so you know what it is you want to do. But you don’t just need a vision – you also need a plan so that you can go about enacting it and actually making it happen. We do this by creating a budget.
This budget should include all of your income and all of your outgoings and you’ll want to put this into a spreadsheet. You should be able to use this information to create a visualization of your finances and even to use ‘financial modeling’ to see if you have an upward or downward trend.
Then what you’re going to do is to look at how much money you have left over at the end of a given week or month and how much money you can save or opt to spend on other things you want.
And from here, you can then use your graph to see how long it will take for you to earn X amount of money. Keep your vision clearly in mind. Whether that is travelling the world or building that home spa.
Know exactly how much it is going to cost and using your projections; exactly how long it will take you to amass that much money. And now start thinking about ways you can shorten that time frame.
This might mean that you start cutting back on the things you don’t really need. It might mean selling off a few unnecessary items. It might mean reducing your outgoings by buying fewer things you don’t need.
Notice how you are naturally starting to create a more and more minimal lifestyle. But it will feel worth it now because you have that amazing vision in mind at the end of it And in the meantime remember, you should have that list of great activities to do in the evenings and at weekends to help you live that minimal lifestyle.
You don’t need to keep spending money on Netflix and on junk when you’re spending your weekends exploring your area, learning languages, writing books or doing things that are just much more fulfilling.
Hopefully, you’re also now spending more time with family and friends – which is also free – and seeing yourself move inexorably towards your goals.
You have spent the entire winter and spring getting your garden ready, and summer is almost here for you to really enjoy your outside space. But after all the planting and digging and setting, what else could be left to make this garden perfect?
What is now missing is the perfect garden furniture to enjoy the fruits of your labor. Not only can you use such pieces as a place to sit and relax, but also as a wonderful natural extension of the interior of your home so that you can invite guests out to your garden area and reap the rewards of your work.
Furthermore, choosing the right outside furniture is simply an expression of the pride you have in your landscaping.
When looking to purchase garden furniture you will want to take into account the use and style of your garden.
Is your outside area just big enough for you to enjoy, or is it quite large and ready to be shared with all your friends and family? Or perhaps you have many little area and that will need furniture for different reasons.
Consider purchasing some Steamer Deck Chairs for the area around your centerpiece whether that be a little pond or large willow tree. Or perhaps for those multiple little spots that you have created you could look to purchasing some benches.
However, for those that do not have a large enough back yard for such furniture then perhaps you will want to look into getting the right patio pieces to liven up that outdoor space.
Many people today live in crowded area that afford little outdoor space. But what most of them do have is at least a patio area to enjoy the mild weather.
And you may be surprised at the amazing pieces of patio furniture that you can find to fit your needs perfectly. What more, you will be able to find the right pieces for the right sized patio.
So, whether you need a quaint little four seat set, or you are lucky enough to fit a six or eight seating set, make sure the size will fit well with the design of your patio.
And finally, when you are looking to choose just the right design it is important to remember to do so like you would your interior furniture. You will not only want to look for style but comfort as well.
For example, purchasing a beautiful pair of Chaise Lounges for around the pool area will be perfect when the right cushions are added for comfort and style.
These make an inviting area for you, your family, and your guests to all enjoy the outside. And just remember that sometimes neutral color is best when your garden is full of colors.
Or if your garden is simpler than you may want a more ornate designed piece of furniture. But in the end it will still all come down to what your garden or outside area is used for most, and then choose the right garden furniture accordingly.
As there are several different styles to consider, having some knowledge about the various designs and what it entails would be a good place to start.
The following are some simple outlines on the more popular designs used:
Always Have A First Aid Kit
A well-stocked first aid kit is sometime the only recourse an individual has to the first line of defense when accidents occur at home, at work or outdoors. In most cases, it is a very good source to turn to when there is a medical emergency and actual medical assistance is not available or close at hand. However, a first aid kit should be well equipped at all times and updated periodically as most of the contents have an expiration date. An ill equipped first aid kit will be of no use to anyone.
The following are some of the items that should ideally be part of a complete first aid kit – first aid manual, sterile gauze pads of different sizes, adhesive tape, adhesive bandages in several sizes, elastic bandages, a splint, antiseptic wipes, soap, antibiotic ointment, antiseptic solutions, hydrocortisone cream, acetaminophen and ibuprofen, extra prescription medications that can be used without a doctor’s prescription, tweezers, sharp scissors, safety pins, disposable instant cold packs, calamine lotion, alcohol wipes or ethyl alcohol, a thermometer, a couple of pairs of plastic non latex gloves, a flashlight and extra batteries and maybe a blanket.
Although some of the items listed may seem a little extreme, it would still be prudent to include them as being prepared is better than being caught off guard when it comes to being faced with having to handle an emergency situation. Storing the first aid kits in places that are out of the reach of children is another important consideration.