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Interior Design 2016: Find About Fresh New Trends

Interior Design 2016: Find About Fresh New Trends

In order to stay in a good mood and to be productive, we need to change our environment from time to time. If you haven’t changed your home style in a while, this could be the best time to do it, because the latest trends of 2016 are simply to die for. The combination of different styles, mixture of materials and cozy rooms are a new trend, so let’s see the must-haves for every room in your house.

1. Kitchen: it’s all about workhorse islands.

At one point it was popular to have bars in the kitchen, and almost every home had one. However, new bars are workhorse islands. They require a spacious kitchen, or one that is a bit bigger, so it isn’t an obstacle to move around your kitchen and cook. As they are supposed to make cooking easier by providing enough space to prepare ingredients, they are a necessity for big families.

The mixture of raw materials, tiles of warm colors and wooden French country workhorse islands with concrete counter tops will make you spend the whole day just sitting in your kitchen. Ditch boring grey colors, especially if your kitchen is open to the dining room. You want to make people feel comfortable, and not like they are in an office.

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2. Dining room: formal dining rooms are in again.

Dining rooms are usually used for weekend lunches and dinners, holidays and reunions. As we lead busy lives and rarely have time to eat with our family during work days, weekends are time to bond and find out what’s been happening during the week.

So, create the dining room that will reflect your family’s taste, but give it a formal touch, as you want to provide your family with the best atmosphere during holidays. Moreover, if you are hosting formal cocktail parties, then make sure people don’t feel overdressed at your home.

Formal dining rooms are thankfully again in, so don’t turn your dining room into an office, as it was a trend until recently. Just add some vintage chairs and table, and don’t forget to let some light in your dining room.

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3. Living room: tech-free and cozy

Living rooms are the place where you can spend some quality time with your family and friends. However, with different tech trends came PS4, Xbox One, huge TVs, sound systems and other things that only isolate you from the people you love.

It’s perfect to watch some film on a quality TV screen with your friends or family, or play a multiplayer game on PS4 or Xbox One, but as they are pretty addictive, we forget to talk to each other even when we are in the room together. Because of that, the new trend of tech free and cozy living rooms, where we can unplug and kick back, is something we have all been waiting for.

Rest after a busy day spent in front of your computer, and enjoy your silent and comfy living room. After some time spent in a tech-free living room, you’ll notice how you actually bond with your family, so don’t forget to stop scrolling your news feed and leave your phone alone in this new living room.

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4. Bedroom: headboards

When we were teenagers, we wanted to have trendy and colorful headboards, and they were usually full of different pictures and quotes. But, they are trendy again, and any style can be upgraded with this simple addition.

If you like simple bedrooms, without many items and colors, headboard can make your bedroom cozier and more comfortable. Let’s say, for example your bedroom is white with some wooden wardrobe and some flowers. If you add wooden headboard, it will take the style of your bedroom to a whole new level.

If you are creative and want to save some money, there are many DIY headboard ideas to choose from. Look for different headboards, and find the right one for you or just search for an idea, so you could make it by yourself.

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5. Bathroom: statement mirror

No more boring bathrooms and no more medicine cabinets that take up too much space. We are all happy to know that statement mirrors are a new trend, as this means a variety of mirrors in different styles, shapes and colors. If you like wooden materials, then make sure you take a look at wood-framed statement mirrors.

On the other hand, if you would like to add some vintage touch to your bathroom, then look for vintage statement mirrors with ornate gems. There are many beauties, which will make your bathroom look stylish and beautiful. Just remember that the bathroom should be a place of relaxation, where all of your worries disappear, so don’t use anything with aggressive colors.

These great interior design trends of 2016 have brought back items and styles that promise to bring us closer with our family and allow us to relax. Owing to the great comeback of formal dining rooms and cozy furniture, we are provided with a lot of different items to choose from and different ideas to upgrade our homes. I hope you have a great time coming up with remodeling ideas based n these guidelines.

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Last Updated on September 10, 2019

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

7 Morning Rituals to Empower Your Day And Change Your Life

Most of your reality is not a given. It is shaped by your expectations, beliefs and thoughts you have formed about it. A big chunk of these beliefs and expectations are encoded into habits you integrate in your daily life.

Yes, some of these habits are formed unconsciously and can be counter-productive or limiting but conversely, you can consciously form positive habits that will transform and empower your life significantly.

This is a powerful point of departure that more and more people are becoming aware of. The most common trait of highly successful people is the recognition of the power they have in co-creating their reality through changing the way they think, believe or expect their reality to be.

One of the most effective ways of changing our belief patterns is through practising and maintaining daily rituals. Ancient traditions had clearly understood the power of rituals in reinforcing habits and changing the way we see and create our reality a long, long time ago.

Once again, if you look into the life history of any highly successful individual, you will find some form of ritual in their daily routine. Some of these rituals may seem banal or eccentric but don’t be deceived by appearances. Rituals are one of the most effective self-empowering tools freely available at the practitioner’s disposal – that is, you!

Below are some the easiest yet life-changing morning rituals you can do every day. Of course, you can have your own afternoon or bed-time rituals but morning rituals are extremely effective in empowering your day since they help you charge yourself before it all starts.

1. Gratitude

Feeling gratitude and appreciation for those little signs and moments of joy happening in your life is probably one of the most overlooked or underestimated rituals. It is a perfect morning ritual to start your day on a very positive key.

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The real power of gratitude is that it makes you pick out and focus on what is working in your life – what is in tune with your being as a whole. It is selectively positive. It reinforces happiness and positivity by shedding light on those awesome things, small or big, that grace your everyday living.

Quite often, we just pick out the pain points, the problems, the bottle necks, whatever it is that is not working in our life and causing friction, anxiety and unhappiness. This is like constantly rewriting the script of your life with a negative or tragic overtone. Your subconscious mind follows faithfully that script you write whether it is a negative or positive one.

So feeling gratitude is undoubtedly an immensely empowering ritual. Start your day by being thankful for those positive things that happened the previous day or throughout the week. It could be something really petty and small. It doesn’t matter. You might be grateful for an unexpected visit from an old friend, a beautiful encounter with a kind stranger, a new opportunity or whatever it is that shines your way. Do it every morning and see what happens during the day.

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    2. Writing Down Your Most Important Tasks

    This is a very practical ritual. Start your day by identifying and writing down from one to three of the most important tasks you need to complete during that day. These tasks are ones which support important long term goals that are aligned to your purpose, passion or general direction in life.

    For example, if writing a book or building an online community are important long term goals which are aligned to your personal growth, then an important task for the day might be finishing off a particular page or two of the book or coming up with fresh content ideas for the online community.

    What is important with this ritual is that you identify these tasks and complete them as early in the day as possible. Of course, you will have other tasks apart from the ones you will write down but, these are tasks which can be tackled later or batched up and carried out in one go.

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    Writing down your most important tasks in the morning helps you focus your day and life according to what is essential. It helps you prioritize and manage your time better. As a result, you simplify your life by applying your focus and energy on what really counts for your overall life progress.

    3. Affirm Your Goals in Writing or Drawing

    This is similar to the previous idea but different in its application and purpose. Writing down your most important tasks of the day is a way to have a concrete structure of action to follow. Affirming your goals, on the other hand, is a very powerful way of crystallizing your vision and goals in life into your everyday mental space.

    Writing down or doodling your goals on a piece of paper helps you externalize those goals by giving them form. In return, they are reflected back in your subconscious mind and thus, reinforcing them and integrating them more wholly.

    An example of this would be writing down “I am achieving greater success in my career” or “I am becoming healthier and stronger through my exercise.” Notice the present tense being used as a way to tell yourself you are in the process already. Remember the life script we subconsciously follow? You are basically modifying the script to be applied now in the present.

    Drawing or doodling can be equally, or even more, effective  (if you are more of a visual person) as it summarizes a graphical representation of your goals. For example, if your goal is to build a new house or live in another country, you can draw the house or draw things that symbolise the country you want to live in.

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      4. Practice Qi Gong Exercises

      According to Chinese philosophy, Qi (pronounced ‘Chee’) means the life force or energy inherent in all things;[1] and Qi Gong is the practice to cultivate and circulate that energy in your body. This may sound esoteric or complicated but actually, Qi Gong is really a set of simple exercises aimed at increasing your health and vitality.

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      There are numerous forms and practices available for free through the online media. As a morning ritual, I recommend following these simple exercises by Qi Gong master Lee Holden:

      5. Drink Hot Water with Lemon

      Simply add a slice of lemon in a glass of hot water and drink one every morning. This is a very simple ritual I follow faithfully every morning.

      Apart from being a good source of vitamin C and a great way of flushing out toxins in the morning, it balances and maintains the PH levels in the body, reduces pain and inflammation in joints and knees and helps nourishing brain and nerve cells. Here are some more benefits of drinking hot water with lemon.

      6. Rise Earlier

      The practical advantages of waking up early are obvious.

      For example, you gain more time for doing exercise such as walking, cycling or Qi Gong as suggested above. You gain more time to be with yourself to reflect, meditate or, more importantly, carry out the other morning rituals.

      So rising early can be seen as a foundation for all the other morning rituals. Many, like myself, find that they are more productive in the early hours of the day.

      Also, various studies have shown that there are many other benefits from waking up an hour or two earlier in the morning. Sleeping early and waking up early helps the body attune with the earth’s circadian rhythms thus, promoting more restorative sleep. Other curious results from such studies show, for instance, that early risers tend to be more optimistic and can anticipate and solve problems more efficiently than the norm.[2]

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      7. Listen to Uplifting Music

      Uplifting music can have a direct impact on our mood, especially in the morning. It charges us emotionally and tunes us into a more positive outlook of the day ahead.

      Most people wake up to music or listen to music as they commute to work. Very often, however, they tune in to a radio or randomly pick a playlist from their device. Being more selective and conscious of the music you listen to in the morning can have a great impact on your day and life in general.

      It’s funny how we try to choose music according to our mood. For example if you are feeling down or disappointed by something, you are more prone to listen to music that reflects that mood – for instance blues, sad songs or downtempo music. This has the effect of reinforcing that mood. What you need to do is the exact opposite and retune your mood by listening to music that beats to a different tune than that mood.

      Try to listen to more uplifting music in the morning even if, or especially if, your mood does not dictate so.

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      Reference

      [1] Live Science: What Is Qi Gong
      [2] Harvard Business Review: Defend Your Research: The Early Bird Really Does Get the Worm

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