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Creative Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

Creative Ideas That Will Make Your Room Cool and Chic

No matter how much we love a room or our entire house, sooner or later it comes to a point when we get a little bored of the same things. Before you go overboard and start planning a whole redesign, even if you can afford it, consider small changes.It’s easier to start with the areas or corners you like the least or the ones not working with your everyday flow anymore. A little moving around, stacking, rotating, adding, or subtracting can result in desirable results. If more action is needed, grab some paint and give furniture – or part of it – a new face.

Using personal pictures and memories ensures for not getting bored easily, if you are strongly connected to what you see. There’s no need to keep the fine china or the expensive objects tucked away in cupboards either. Display everything you love proudly and let your home be a reflection of who you are and how you live. For everyone crafty and with spare time, DIY projects that cost next to nothing can be easily tackled. Adapt the colors and shapes to your likings and again, do whatever expresses your taste. For the harder projects that require more strength, technical knowledge, or tools, you might need some help.

Before hiring a professional, look among friends and relatives for someone who can help you for less money or in exchange of another task you’re good at. Let’s have a look at the easy ideas to help you transform any room.

1. Paint a wall in a rich color to add warmth and focus to the room

bold wall

    2. Incorporate a raw element from nature into the room decor

    branch

      3. Add bookends on the shelves or library

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      bookend

        4. Paint or wallpaper the ceiling and two walls facing each other, to tie an asymmetrical room together

        ceiling

          5. Add a swing chair on a corner of a room for extra character and a cozy space to wind down

          swing chair

            6. Create your own simple art to display

            art

              7. Amp up your stair game with pictures of favorite memories or a theme you like

              stairs

                8. Refresh your fridge with washi tape or contact paper

                fridge

                  9. Stack a couple of random objects to create a nightstand or side table

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                  nightstand

                    10. Divide an open space into zones with airy shelves made of wood

                    divide

                      11. Turn classic architectural details into modern ones with paint or washi tape

                      washi tape

                        12. Hang plants from the ceiling or put them above higher furniture

                        plants

                          13. Stack all your books or magazines in a single high pile for visual interest and less clutter

                          books

                            14. Make a display of vases and flowers to hang and form a hook in the kitchen or bathroom

                            vases

                              15. Decorate a simple mirror with colored or natural stones

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                              mirror

                                16. Hand write on the walls for a unique, statement making, decor

                                handwriting

                                  17. Make a coastal style light with driftwood

                                  light

                                    18. Add a big framed mirror close to a room’s corner to shift the perspective and create the illusion of bigger space

                                    framed mirror

                                      19. Raise your bed on a platform with built-in storage to gain more storage

                                      raised bed

                                        20. Hang a basket from the ceiling and fill it with fruit or flowers for an impromptu accent

                                        basket

                                          21. Create a shelving unit with modular shelves, boxes or crates, and paint the insides with a splash of color

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                                          shelves

                                            22. Make whimsical curtain rods with wood branches

                                            curtain rods

                                              23. Revamp simple tables or stools with paint

                                              tablest

                                                24. Put pots of greenery across your room to brighten up the whole space

                                                green pot

                                                  Don’t forget that in order to eventually love your home and not get bored easily, you should take your time. Reflecting and considering how you want it to look like should take much more time than doing the projects and changes. So go easy and start small, letting some time pass between each change, to see how you feel about each one. The last thing you want is go overboard with all of the projects above and end up hating how your space looks, after spending valuable time and money.

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                                                  Last Updated on March 13, 2019

                                                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                  How to Get out of a Rut: 12 Useful Ways to Get Unstuck

                                                  Have you gotten into a rut before? Or are you in a rut right now?

                                                  You know you’re in a rut when you run out of ideas and inspiration. I personally see a rut as a productivity vacuum. It might very well be a reason why you aren’t getting results. Even as you spend more time on your work, you can’t seem to get anything constructive done. While I’m normally productive, I get into occasional ruts (especially when I’ve been working back-to-back without rest). During those times, I can spend an entire day in front of the computer and get nothing done. It can be quite frustrating.

                                                  Over time, I have tried and found several methods that are helpful to pull me out of a rut. If you experience ruts too, whether as a working professional, a writer, a blogger, a student or other work, you will find these useful. Here are 12 of my personal tips to get out of ruts:

                                                  1. Work on the small tasks.

                                                  When you are in a rut, tackle it by starting small. Clear away your smaller tasks which have been piling up. Reply to your emails, organize your documents, declutter your work space, and reply to private messages.

                                                  Whenever I finish doing that, I generate a positive momentum which I bring forward to my work.

                                                  2. Take a break from your work desk.

                                                  Get yourself away from your desk and go take a walk. Go to the washroom, walk around the office, go out and get a snack.

                                                  Your mind is too bogged down and needs some airing. Sometimes I get new ideas right after I walk away from my computer.

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                                                  3. Upgrade yourself

                                                  Take the down time to upgrade yourself. Go to a seminar. Read up on new materials (#7). Pick up a new language. Or any of the 42 ways here to improve yourself.

                                                  The modern computer uses different typefaces because Steve Jobs dropped in on a calligraphy class back in college. How’s that for inspiration?

                                                  4. Talk to a friend.

                                                  Talk to someone and get your mind off work for a while.

                                                  Talk about anything, from casual chatting to a deep conversation about something you really care about. You will be surprised at how the short encounter can be rejuvenating in its own way.

                                                  5. Forget about trying to be perfect.

                                                  If you are in a rut, the last thing you want to do is step on your own toes with perfectionist tendencies.

                                                  Just start small. Do what you can, at your own pace. Let yourself make mistakes.

                                                  Soon, a little trickle of inspiration will come. And then it’ll build up with more trickles. Before you know it, you have a whole stream of ideas.

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                                                  6. Paint a vision to work towards.

                                                  If you are continuously getting in a rut with your work, maybe there’s no vision inspiring you to move forward.

                                                  Think about why you are doing this, and what you are doing it for. What is the end vision in mind?

                                                  Make it as vivid as possible. Make sure it’s a vision that inspires you and use that to trigger you to action.

                                                  7. Read a book (or blog).

                                                  The things we read are like food to our brain. If you are out of ideas, it’s time to feed your brain with great materials.

                                                  Here’s a list of 40 books you can start off with. Stock your browser with only the feeds of high quality blogs, such as Lifehack.org, DumbLittleMan, Seth Godin’s Blog, Tim Ferris’ Blog, Zen Habits or The Personal Excellence Blog.

                                                  Check out the best selling books; those are generally packed with great wisdom.

                                                  8. Have a quick nap.

                                                  If you are at home, take a quick nap for about 20-30 minutes. This clears up your mind and gives you a quick boost. Nothing quite like starting off on a fresh start after catching up on sleep.

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                                                  9. Remember why you are doing this.

                                                  Sometimes we lose sight of why we do what we do, and after a while we become jaded. A quick refresher on why you even started on this project will help.

                                                  What were you thinking when you thought of doing this? Retrace your thoughts back to that moment. Recall why you are doing this. Then reconnect with your muse.

                                                  10. Find some competition.

                                                  Nothing quite like healthy competition to spur us forward. If you are out of ideas, then check up on what people are doing in your space.

                                                  Colleagues at work, competitors in the industry, competitors’ products and websites, networking conventions.. you get the drill.

                                                  11. Go exercise.

                                                  Since you are not making headway at work, might as well spend the time shaping yourself up.

                                                  Sometimes we work so much that we neglect our health and fitness. Go jog, swim, cycle, whichever exercise you prefer.

                                                  As you improve your physical health, your mental health will improve, too. The different facets of ourselves are all interlinked.

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                                                  Here’re 15 Tips to Restart the Exercise Habit (and How to Keep It).

                                                  12. Take a good break.

                                                  Ruts are usually signs that you have been working too long and too hard. It’s time to get a break.

                                                  Beyond the quick tips above, arrange for a 1-day or 2-days of break from your work. Don’t check your (work) emails or do anything work-related. Relax and do your favorite activities. You will return to your work recharged and ready to start.

                                                  Contrary to popular belief, the world will not end from taking a break from your work. In fact, you will be much more ready to make an impact after proper rest. My best ideas and inspiration always hit me whenever I’m away from my work.

                                                  Take a look at this to learn the importance of rest: The Importance of Scheduling Downtime

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                                                  Featured photo credit: Joshua Earle via unsplash.com

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