Decorating in a Small Space

Never let size be an obstacle to style! If you have a small space to decorate, here are some special tips and tricks to make the room work for you.

Go On a Color Spree - it is a common misconception that you should stick to all white in a small space. “Embrace small spaces and make them feel like jewel boxes—don’t be afraid of dark or bright colors,” says designer Jonathan Adler. Other designers assert that bright colors can distract from the limited size of your space, creating a beautiful ambiance. While white and other pale hues an be a beautiful choice for petite quarters, color can also be used to create a focal point, divert attention from the fact that a room is small, and to give any space some razzle dazzle, no matter what its size!

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Don’t be afraid to use bold bright colors in a small space! Image via Apartment Therapy

Create Vertical Allure With Curtains-  look up! Even if you don’t have particularly high ceilings, you can enhance the perceived size of your space by optimizing the upper wall space. One tried and true trick is to hang your curtain rods above the window frame, even as high as the ceiling! While your instinct may be to hang curtains at the top of the window, you can truly accomplish drama and height by hanging your curtains higher and having them drop all of the way to the floor.

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Hanging curtains above the window enhances the perceived space in a room image via Home Goods

Another practical and attractive technique is to install shelves up high. In addition to creating new, out of the way space to display items, this will draw the eye up to new areas of the room, taking advantage of every inch! Add attractive baskets or boxes to the shelves for extra storage of items not “display worthy”.

Bold Colors and high shelves work well in this small space decor idea

Bold Colors and high shelves work well in this small space. Image via Country Living

Compelling Stripes- it is a fashion fact that up and down stripes can make you look longer and leaner, while horizontal lines make you look wider. The same principle can be applied to home decor. To make a room look taller, accentuate the height with tall, thin stripes. And to make a wall look more expansive, add long lines. Stripes are timeless and chic, and make a great focal point for walls. Try using removable stripes decals for perfect stripes every time!

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Horizontal Stripes give these walls the illusion of being wider than they are

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Vertical Stripes enhance the height of this small bathroom, giving it a more spacious look

Making an Organization Hub

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Bright and friendly, this colorful organization hub turns this high traffic area into a stylish place to dine, while allowing you to stay up to speed with the day’s activities.

When all the beach chairs have been stored away and the back to school rush initiates once again, the importance of staying both organized and on top of day to day activities becomes not only a huge priority but a daily challenge we can’t escape. Whether it’s remembering a doctor’s appointment or Spanish test or having to grocery shop for that huge dinner you’re hosting on Saturday night, between work and soccer games, appointments and last minute plans, staying coordinated and on time becomes a game of cat and mouse. The solution? Create a place in your home where organization reigns, a place where you can go that has all the answers!

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You don’t need a lot of space to stay organized! This cute (and compact) area serves as a perfect central spot for lists, notes, important dates and more!

Whether it is in your kitchen or out, your office, bedroom or hallway, the beauty of an organization hub is that there is one place that you and your family can go to keep track of plans, goals, lists, upcoming deadlines and more. Be creative! Add pops of color or pretty accents, calendars, message boards and fun details.

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Tie your whole look together with a fresh wall decal or piece of decorative art.

Make this space fit into your home but stand out just enough that you are always checking in! Make room for both the big stuff as well as the little stuff. And if you need a change of scenery, mix it up with a fresh design or have fun rearranging what’s already there.

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Personalize your space with memorable photographs or pretty plants and flowers!

Check out other fun and clever ideas for creating an organization hub on our Back to School Style Trends Pinterest Board!

Back to School Fashion Trends & Decor Ideas 2014

Even though the warmth and sunshine of Summer still caress our days, it is fair to say that Fall is just around the corner. And this is the time of year when Fall fashion and back to school readiness are on our minds. We start perusing magazines and websites for our favorite trends, picturing ourselves looking fabulous and being the head of the class next season. Even as we lounge by the pool, wade at the waters edge and enjoy our coffee iced, the August breeze has us dreaming of our Autumn selves. Here are a few of our favorite looks for the upcoming season, along with the best and most popular ways to get organized this year.

Boho-Chic Mix & Match

One of the most popular looks this season draws on poetic bohemian style, where patterns are layered and mixed. With a free spirited whimsy, the boho-chic trend incorporates vintage florals with global designs and embellished stripes with a myriad of comfortable and luxurious textures. Items may appear time honored, gathered and collected from a cultured lifestyle of travel and worldly interests. They are not perfectly matched, but rather coordinated – a quilt-like patchwork of pretty prints. A flowing scarf, effortlessly draped around the neck, a myriad of colorful pillows, vintage and eccentric pieces mixed with beautiful fabrics, touches of lace and ethnic prints all define this fabulous fall trend.

Vintage Bazaar Floral Print Wall Art giant Dry-erase message board

Vintage Bazaar Floral Print Wall Art Giant Dry-erase Message Board

 

 

Bohemian Style Free People Tunic and Italian Glamour Magazine August 2014 via Pinterest

Bohemian Style Free People Tunic and Italian Glamour Magazine August 2014 via Pinterest

 

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anthropologie bohemian style bedroom decor

 

90′s Skater Cool Grunge

The ’80s had a comeback last year and now we are reliving the ’90s! Flannel shirts and plaid have reemerged as a fashionable look, as well as skater style sneakers, tattered jeans, and anything with a punk rock edge. A stacked wrist of leather, colorful knit bracelets and biker chic glam looks are completing this trend – for both boys and girls! Go grunge with an edgy style, mixing some of these 90s staples into your wardrobe, accessories and decor, playing with plaids, punk rock leather and studs, beanie hats, and 90s prints.

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Feathers, Fluff, Big Jewels, Glitter and Bows

On the other side of the style spectrum, flashy and frou-frou are also trending! Think fur vests, plush fluffy pillows, feather accents, oversized jewels and glittery accessories. Jewels and jewel prints are making statement pieces out of ordinary items, adding a touch of bling to your life. Feathers are dangling from dream catchers, necklaces, purses and appearing in fun prints. Glitter is cool again – especially copper colored shimmer. Furry fabrics and plush sweaters, especially those with shearling fur are making fashion and decor huggable and warm. Bows, including classic Minnie Mouse style cuties and more sophisticated versions are also popping up all over unexpected items!

Feather Print Dry-Erase Calendar & message Board Decal

Feather Print Dry-Erase Calendar & message Board Decal

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image via harpers bazaar shearling & feather trend by prada

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shearling coat image via Urban Outfitters

 

 

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Punchy Brights & Color Blocking 

Orange is the New Black is not only the Netflix series sensation, it is also a true statement about fashion! Give your room a pop of this rejuvenating hue, and incorporate some orange into your wardrobe. Other dynamic colors like fuchsia pink, lots of vivid purples and a dazzling take on cobalt blue are also dominating designs. Color blocking has been trending for a few seasons and is rolling full steam ahead this year – with bold blocks of brights being layered and mixed into the mix together.

Color Blocking Trend as Worn by Sarah Jessica Parker

Color Blocking Trend as Worn by Sarah Jessica Parker

Pop Art Wall Art Decals Color Blocking Trend

Pop Art Wall Art Decals Color Blocking Trend

Stars Galaxy Space

Out of this World star gazing designs are bringing a mystical, celestial-chic look to life this season. Perhaps inspired by the upcoming Star Wars movie set to be released in 2015, Space themed things are all the rage. Everything from bedding to quirky tee shirts, wall art and socks has been adorned in planets, stars and galaxies far, far away. Get your cosmic on this Fall – some inspiration below!

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Cosmic Cover Duvet

National Geographic Solar System Poster Decal

National Geographic Solar System Poster Decal

 

Brand New Dry-Erase for Back to School!

Get Fabulous and Organized with Dry-Erase Decals

Desk_BTS2014_StaplesAssortment Summer is still young but it’s not too early to start gathering the coolest accessories for back to school. Organization is key for success during the busy school year and we love to mix function with fashion! Our dry-erase decals include calendars, message boards, organization kits, maps, dots and weekly planners to keep your plans on schedule at a glance! Change of plans? No problem – simply erase and re-write. New month? Write in your new dates and go! Want to remind yourself about something? Write it on the wall where you cannot possibly miss it! The dry-erase line is perfect for work, school, and busy families. This year we have added some of our cutest styles yet! Check out a sample of our brand new additions to the dry-erase line below. Click here to see the complete line!

Dry-Erase Calendars

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Dry-Erase Message Boards

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Dry-Erase Organization Kits

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Get a Global Chic Look!

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With the latest infusion of NEW wall decals, we’ve been falling head over heels (yet again!) for the global chic trend. From vibrant colors to tribal prints to bohemian inspired florals, blending patterns and prints from around the globe with both time-worn details and eclectic pieces is one of our most coveted looks for the home. Bringing a well-traveled look to your space may seem like a daunting task, even for the interior designers at heart. However, with a few of our favorite designs in hand we set out to show you with just a few simple additions, adding an international allure to your interior can be both easy and fun.

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Dressed in both worldly style and global sophistication, use the Pop Art Kit to create your own modern masterpiece.

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A mixture of colorful patterns and textures makes this inspirational wall quote a perfect global chic décor accent to walls, mirrors and more!

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Fashion décor in a vibrant bohemian meadow with the free-spirited Eden Kit.

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The new Tribal Beat Dry-Erase Calendar adds a cultural zest to your space with a fabulous diamond motif blended with exotic feathers.

First Impressions: Dazzle Your Entry Way

When you first enter a space, that is the magic moment where the ambiance is set, as if a spell has been cast. The first impression of your home establishes a tone for the whole house and, as the saying goes, “you never get a second chance to make a first impression”. Whether you have a formal foyer or a casual entrance hall, or even if you enter directly into a living space, it is a design opportunity to make your home memorable and chic.

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Memorable Entryway Decor via Brewster Home Fashions

The entry above uses color, lighting and an artful arrangement of white frames to greet homeowners and guests with an inviting and pretty look. The mix of modern and shabby-chic elements is a fresh way to establish personality in the space, while the colors welcome you with a well-styled warmth. Be conscientious of lighting. An entry way should provide ample light without being so glaring as to feel unnerving and create harsh shadows.

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A stylish foyer with striped walls and fresh flowers via wallpops.com

A dynamic entryway that mixes stripes into the mix via HGTV

A dynamic entryway that mixes stripes into the mix via hgtv.com

Stripes are timeless and chic! The foyers above show how classic and fashionable stripes are, making a dynamic look for any style space. The color and scale of your stripe design can create any look from mod black and white to nautical blues or serene neutrals. A striped feature wall or all over stripes makes a graphic impact in any space, especially an entryway. WallPops stripe decals come in a continuous roll that makes creating a DIY striped wall simple and fun! Just peel & stick for perfect lines in any color.

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Jonathan Berger pink foyer via housebeautiful.com

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Pop of color on pure white foyer walls by Jonathan Adler for wallpops.com

Banish boring! Make your space pop using color as an invigorating element of surprise. Both of the spaces above are remarkable because they use color to wow! If you cannot or choose not to paint, you can add a pop of punchy color with vibrant wall art or bold lacquered furniture. If you want to set the mood for stunning, vivid accent colors in an entryway are a perfect way to get the style party started.

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Add a resplendent detail to your entryway with botanicals

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Add an eco-fresh look year round with botanical inspired art image via wallpops.com

Plants bring instant personality and beauty to any space. Adding a touch of eco-chic greenery actually makes people happy! Whether you live in the country or the city, a fresh plant will look lovely in your entryway. If you truly don’t have the light or the inclination to keep a plant alive in your foyer, botanical inspired decor accents or a vase of flowers will do the trick too!

Trending: Parisian Décor

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Parisian décor inspiration

Paris, the city of love, where vintage and modern coexist and “organized clutter” is seen as stylish and chic. Old clocks to beautiful fabrics to gilt picture frames, chandeliers, black, white, gold and purple, all mix beautifully together to inspire a perfect Parisian look. Although the Eiffel Tower may not lay outside your doorstep, achieving a look that’s both old and new, eclectic yet romantic can be done with just a few simple touches using some of our peel and stick decals!

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The easiest way to bring Parisian style home, is to bring to your room pictures of French landmarks including Paris and the Eiffel Tower, black and white vintage photographs or paintings of the French countryside. Nothing speaks more to Parisian culture than the beautiful sites and scenery of the city itself!

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Paris Wall Mural via WallPops

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A romantic Parisian bedroom featuring the Tour Eiffel Wall Mural and Jonathan Adler Love Kit

Offsetting a modern room with vintage details and accessories is another common theme that can be found throughout Parisian homes. By bringing in items and furniture that have a time-worn elegance, you can layer in the old with the new and start to create a mixed look that’s both unique and stylish.

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Antique vintage keys hung above a modern chaise lounge

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A vintage boudoir fashioned with a modern floral decal

Last but not least, incorporating raven colored accents throughout your room work to tie the whole Parisian look together. With a chic touch of black on picture frames, lamp shades or even pillows, the plain becomes glamorous and the old becomes new.

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Notice how subtle black accents work to tie this stylish Paris apartment together

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Use the Baroque Wall Art Kit for a stylish pop of black

Make sure to check out the “Refashioning with WallPops: Parisian Decorating” video on our YouTube channel for more Parisian décor ideas!

Bargello Waves

Bargello Walves designer wall decals by Jonathan Adler for WallPops!Our Bargello Waves is a designer wall art kit by Jonathan Adler for WallPops! This mod geometric print is like a granny gone wild needlepoint design for your walls.  The Bargello waves motif was inspired by a set of embroidered chairs found in the Bargello palace of Florence, Italy. It is also sometimes called Florentine Flame Stitch, and Hungarian Point. The kit comes with 18 separate decals on two large sheets and no two are exactly alike! You can arrange these groovy pieces to make your own statement piece, and to fit your space perfectly. You might even end up with extra pieces left over to add an unexpected pop of mod style to a table or shelf. Below we have compiled a few of our favorite room shots, each showing a unique style, as well as a quick video to showcase how simple and fun these decals are to install!

WallPops by Jonathan Adler designer wall decals Bargello Waves

WallPops by Jonathan Adler designer wall decals Bargello Waves

WallPops by Jonathan Adler designer wall art decals Bargello Waves

DIY Coffee Table Upcycle

This video shows several ways to totally reinvent furniture with our decals. From adding a seasonal splash of color and design to creating a chic stained glass effect, this video shows how easy it can be to reinvent  your current pieces.

The upcycling movement is all the rage in the arts, crafts and building world. It has taken the DIY movement to a new height of eco-chic accomplishment, repurposing items to brand new functions and forms, with eclectic and remarkable results. Before you buy new pieces, we recommend “shopping” your own home to see if you have anything that could be reinvented with a chic new identity. You can also save money and achieve a fulfilling sense of accomplishment by purchasing a used piece and making it your own with personalized upgrades. Painted furniture, for example, has been trending in home decor. Outdated wood pieces, especially, have enjoyed a renaissance of style after receiving a fresh coat of paint in an a la mode hue.

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WallPops are the perfect asset in DIY upcycling projects! They are not just for walls & will stick to most smooth, flat surfaces – including painted furniture, cabinets, appliances and most treated woods. Here are a few of our favorite WallPops upcycles on ordinary items:

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DIY filing cabinet project with WallPops by Jonathan Adler

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DIY stairs upcycle with WallPops Tangier stripes decals

DIY stairs upcycle with WallPops Tangier stripes decals via Pinterest

Safari Bureau Kids dresser DIY decor project with Wallpops

Safari Bureau Kids dresser DIY decor project with Wallpops

DIY Bureau Project with turquoise paint & Zoe Stripes by WallPops

DIY Bureau Project with turquoise paint & Zoe Stripes by WallPops

 

Under the Sea: Ocean Inspired Décor Ideas

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Sea Inspired Décor via Pinterest

Take me to the sea! Don’t wait till summer for that relaxing beach getaway. From beach scenes to coral reefs to nautical charm and more, adding a touch of seaside splendor to your home can transform boring walls into picturesque seascapes and colorless rooms into vibrant underwater adventures. Perfect for bathrooms, bedrooms and even living rooms, our variety of ocean inspired WallPops will bring R&R home to stay.

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Sea Paradise Wall Mural via WallPops

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Sea Dream Wall Panoramic via WallPops

Nothing is more serene than a striking view of the ocean. Whether hung above a bed or placed as a living room’s focal point, this visual representation is both breathtaking and glamorous. Adding a beautiful beach scene into your décor boasts effortless style that’s forever timeless.

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Under the Sea Kit via WallPops

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Regatta Dots, Blox & Stripes via WallPops

Creating a nautical themed bathroom or bedroom with WallPops Wall Art Kits or Dots, Blox and Stripes, is not only fun but allows you to bring undersea adventure to your walls in a personalized and colorful way. From tropical fish to stylish shells, have a blast designing your perfect beach haven. Wonderful for inspiring creativity in your little one or wowing friends and guests, take a vacation everyday with these ocean inspired designs.

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Coral Decal Kit via WallPops

The wonder of the ocean comes from its vast and unending beauty and the same goes for ocean inspired décor. There are no limits or guidelines to creating that perfect room or wall. Decorating with WallPops allows you to dream up new concepts and patterns that fit your individual style, so peel, stick, mix and match until you reach that winning combo!