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Updating Your Home? Check Out These Top Trends

Updating Your Home? Check Out These Top Trends

Are you feeling the need for a home update? We all get a little bored of our interiors from time to time and the summer is the perfect season to give your home a little refresh. It’s super important to enjoy the space you live in. An inspiring home environment is vital, especially if you work from home!

You need to be able to enjoy the space you live in, and keep it fresh. A few simple adjustments and accessories can go a long way. You should enjoy creating the space you spend your time in, so it’s worth the TLC. So why not check out these top trends to help give your home a stylish and contemporary new look! Apologies to your credit card in advance.

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Velvet Additions

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    Velvet is definitely *the* texture of the moment. It may appear a little daunting at first but there are plenty of ways in which you can work this trend into your current home. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a velvet sofa, instead, why not add a pair of velvet cushions to your existing sofa to give it a little update? Or you could meet the trend halfway and opt for a velvet statement chair. Either way, it’s definitely a style worth incorporating into your interior!

    Falling Ivy

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      Move over succulents and cacti, it’s all about the ivy now. Dot around in various locations including window shelves and shelves, and let it elegantly fall. It adds a beautiful touch to your home, plus, indoor plants are said to enhance your mood and have a calming effect. Time to stock up on ivy! It definitely looks best against a crisp white wall, perfect interior design.

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      Unusual Wall Hooks

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        Quirky wall hooks are a total must-have! Not only do they offer a great storage solution for bags, hats and scarves, they offer a little quirkiness to your walls. Plus you’ll find your hallway becomes a lot less messy! These circular ones look great and offer a minimalist vibe. Keep your clutter at bay, whilst remaining truly stylish.

        Subway Style Tiles

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          I just love these subway style tiles. Subway tiles adds a classic utilitarian feel to any area. They’re also very easy to do yourself! It’s a great little DIY project, so clear a couple of days to get your hands dirty. All you need it dark grey grout and a de-grouter and you can get started! I love the simple, clean aesthetic look and they can be the upgrade your bathroom or kitchen needs, plus it’s super cheap so why not give it a go? The style of this bathroom is just perfect with these white tiles. Did you know that subway tiles got their names from the ceramic tiles used in the early twentieth century on the New York City subway stations walls.

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          Slogan Cushions

          Say it all with a cushion! Slogan cushions are all over Pinterest right now, they add a quirky, humorous touch to your interiors and they won’t break the bank. H&M are a great destination for budget cushion covers that say it all! Dress up your sofa or statement chair with a few different style of cushions for a homely, yet contemporary feel.

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            There are so many benefits to keeping your home fresh and updated. It can enhance your mood and create an inspirational area to thrive in. Just a few simple changes here and there can really make a difference, and it doesn’t have to cost the world either! Take some time off to get down to a little DIY. You never know, you might just surprise yourself.

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            Last Updated on June 20, 2019

            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

            Science Says Guitar Players’ Brains Are Different From Others’

            There’s nothing quite like picking up a guitar and strumming out some chords. Listening to someone playing the guitar can be mesmerising, it can evoke emotion and a good guitar riff can bring out the best of a song. Many guitar players find a soothing, meditative quality to playing, along with the essence of creating music or busting out an acoustic version of their favourite song. But how does playing the guitar affect the brain?

            More and more scientific studies have been looking into how people who play the guitar have different brain functions compared to those who don’t. What they found was quite astonishing and backed up what many guitarists may instinctively know deep down.

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            Guitar Players’ Brains Can Synchronise

            You didn’t read that wrong! Yes, a 2012 study[1] was conducted in Berlin that looked at the brains of guitar players. The researchers took 12 pairs of players and got them to play the same piece of music while having their brains scanned.

            During the experiment, they found something extraordinary happening to each pair of participants – their brains were synchronising with each other. So what does this mean? Well, the neural networks found in the areas of the brain associated with social cognition and music production were most activated when the participants were playing their instruments. In other words, their ability to connect with each other while playing music was exceptionally strong.

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            Guitar Players Have a Higher Intuition

            Intuition is described as “the ability to understand something instinctively, without the need for conscious reasoning” and this is exactly what’s happening when two people are playing the guitar together.

            The ability to synchronise their brains with each other, stems from this developed intuitive talent indicating that guitar players have a definite spiritual dexterity to them. Not only do their brains synchronise with another player, but they can also even anticipate what is to come before and after a set of chords without consciously knowing. This explains witnessing a certain ‘chemistry’ between players in a band and why many bands include brothers who may have an even stronger connection.

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            This phenomenon is actually thought to be down to the way guitarists learn how to play – while many musicians learn through reading sheet music, guitar players learn more from listening to others play and feeling their way through the chords. This also shows guitarists have exceptional improvisational skills[2] and quick thinking.

            Guitar Players Use More of Their Creative, Unconscious Brain

            The same study carried out a different experiment, this time while solo guitarists were shredding. They found that experienced guitar players were found to deactivate the conscious part of their brain extremely easily meaning they were able to activate the unconscious, creative and less practical way of thinking more efficiently.

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            This particular area of the brain – the right temporoparietal junction – typically deactivates with ‘long term goal orientation’ in order to stop distractions to get goals accomplished. This was in contrast to the non-guitarists who were unable to shut off the conscious part of their brain which meant they were consciously thinking more about what they were playing.

            This isn’t to say that this unconscious way of playing can’t be learnt. Since the brain’s plasticity allows new connections to be made depending on repeated practice, the guitar player’s brain can be developed over time but it’s something about playing the guitar in particular that allows this magic to happen.

            Conclusion

            While we all know musicians have very quick and creative brains, it seems guitar players have that extra special something. Call it heightened intuition or even a spiritual element – either way, it’s proven that guitarists are an exceptional breed unto themselves!

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