The fireplace almost always becomes the centre of any room which has one. It’s a good space to organize a recreation area, placing pieces of furniture in such a way that they are facing the hearth, which is the focus of warmth and home comfort. Let’s look at a few ideas and techniques to see how you can decorate the area around the fireplace.

1. Create a masterpiece at the design stage

If you start to think about the question of decoration at an early stage of the project, you have a unique opportunity to make the fireplace a real masterpiece. Using original design and unusual surfaces, you can turn the fireplace area into the most important and brightest decorative element in the room. You will just need to emphasize it with a few details, or you might even choose to leave it without any décor at all.


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Another year has passed and it was one which brought us many amazing moments, discoveries and trends. Let us, however, assume that this forthcoming year, 2017, will be just as productive and full of design and, in particular, décor. You should expect more commitment to everything nature(Note how much more intense saturated green shades become interiors when they are supplemented by shimmering metal elements and furniture made of dark wood. It immediately gives the feeling of a special and ancient decadent spirit in the whole space.)

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A person who is not involved in the world of design can find it difficult to choose a suitable style for interior decoration, because some of them have points of commonality with each other, which is why confusion arises: materials need to be matched correctly and colours must not be too flashy as this recalls another, similar approach.

Taking living rooms as an example, we’ll compare the features of various interior styles which can be confused with each other and also tell you how to learn to distinguish loft from grunge or eclecticism from the Bohemian style.

Learning to distinguish between similar interior styles

Minimalism and Contemporary

These modern styles have become widespread in different countries due to the fact that they are accessible to people on all levels of income. They provide the foundation for a simple and comfortable environment without complicated details, colour transitions or rare materials.

Common features:

Minimalism and contemporary have similar features, for example, the interior is furnished with furniture in simple geometric shapes of a fairly large size, inexpensive materials are used for the lining and the basic furnishings are all in neutral shades.

Differences:

Minimalism implies a laconic style and extreme simplicity in everything. The restraint of the silhouettes can be counterbalanced by good texture and contrasting combinations of pure colours: white and black, grey and red. Decorative accessories are almost never used in a minimalist interior, leaving free space is part of the ascetic.

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