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3D Printed Home Decor Items

3D Printed Home Decor Items

Present-day technologies are fun and cool. Besides, they can be truly artistic and beautiful. So why not incorporate technological trends in the most private area of our lives, our home? Let us think of one of the trendiest innovations of the recent: 3D printing, or additive manufacturing.

3D furnishing ideas are in the air. Designers from all over the world are working on creating new items and models; they are experimenting with forms and materials. Anything goes: plastic, aluminum, silicone, porcelain, and even wood. Simplicity and style are the two main words to describe the 3D printed furniture.

The most common items are those of a relatively small size, such as crockery, lamps, storage containers, figurines, plant pots, and even chairs and bookshelves. Recently, large items have been 3D printed too; they take slightly longer time to be produced and might cost more. In general, there is a limited number of furniture designers who have that amount of patience and contribute their time and expertise to rather major projects. Below are some of the 3D printed items you might want to have in your house.

1. 3D printed chairs and tables. They can be of various shapes, colors, and sizes. The materials, however, play the most important role here, as they set the feel of the surface. Your choice of the material is dictated by your very purpose of having this particular chair – will it be mainly a decorative item, or will it be utilized in a way a chair should be? If you are not afraid of the experiments, you can take a look at some amazing and bold products by Drawn.

2. 3D printed crockery. Why not enjoy eating from a 3D printed plate or drinking from a 3D printed cup? This will bring more life to your everyday meal. Most of the 3D printable crockery is fully customizable, and you can be the sole creator. For example, designers from Unicode will give you such an opportunity.

3. 3D printed decorative items. Vases, lamps, flower pots, coat hangers, and door handles, you just name it! Dirk Vander Kooij is one of the designers you might want to look up on the Internet. Those little household items are easy to produce, and they can fit in with any design. Moreover, they will contribute to the unique atmosphere of your living space.

4. Other 3D printed furniture include stands, bookshelves, coat hangers, and the rest of an endlessly long list. The main advantage of the 3D printing technology is that it allows creating things which can stand even extreme weights. This mean that you shouldn't worry about a bookshelf when you've stuffed all of your favorite books into it. The way your shelf would look, however, is a totally different matter.

Despite the increasing interest, you might want to be careful with your decision to equip your home with 3D printed elements of decor and furniture. There are some issues you have to bear in mind when sketching out a plan of your new hi-tech designer apartment.

First of all, think about the general composition. Whether the 3D printed items you choose for furnishing your home look plain and simple or artsy and hi-tech, they have to fit in with the rest of the furniture, walls, draperies, etc. Sometimes, wooden objects are your best choice, and such designer studios as 4 AXYZ have proven it.

Lastly, you should always think about the budget. Plan it carefully. Calculate the total cost of all the 3D printed items you want to buy for furnishing or decorating your home. Does the sum look realistic to you? If it does, you should go with it; if it doesn't, you can either start with the smaller things that can fit anywhere or wait a bit more until you have enough funds.

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The Power of Hooks

The Power of Hooks

When it comes to home organization, there are a few must have tools to keep things in their own place.  Baskets, shelves, and drawers are the obvious go-to when you have to find a place to organize and get things out of the way.  But one small tool with just as much power, versatility, and usefulness is simply:  hooks.  They can be a bit utilitarian and sometimes bland in design, but with so many options out there, there's something for everyone and every home décor project.  So what is it that makes hooks so powerful a tool that they not only organize but add a bit of home décor panache as well?

Where

Besides just about anywhere, let's take a look at some must-use spots for hooks in our homes.  One place in the home that practically begs for hooks is our foyer or door area.  Adding a small board with hooks or some sort of decorative item to the wall with hooks is the perfect organizer for those “just before I leave the house” necessities.  The most obvious thing to hang on the hooks are your keys, but it could also hold your water bottle, dog leash, or anything else you may need.  And since you can find a variety of different decorative boards or wall accessories that has hooks attached, you can stay current with the season and make this hook area look pleasing over utilitarian.

Another excellent spot for hooks is the kitchen.  Whether it's to hang pots and pans, dish towels, apron, or measuring cups – hooks help spice up the kitchen from being a prison of cupboards and drawers.  Additionally, adding hooks to closets is beyond useful.  This may be a bit more hidden, but it's hard to deny that a hook in a closet is an invaluable organizing tool.  But when you want to utilize hooks and have them out in the open as décor, the bedroom is an excellent place to do just that.  One of the best ways to utilize hooks in the bedroom is for jewelry.  Whether it's dangly earrings, necklaces, or loose bracelets – they invariably get tangled together in a messy birds nest.  You can buy an accordion-style hook board and hang your dangly jewelry to add a bit of texture to your bedroom wall and keep things neat and organized.  Or if you feel a bit crafty, an interesting way to do this yourself would be to add tiny screw-in hooks to the bottom edge of a wooden hanger for the same effect.  The same idea could be utilized for a man's ties as well.

These are just a few examples that show just how powerful and useful hooks can be in our homes.  They may seem a bit utilitarian but they're one of the most versatile tools of organization and décor that we have at our disposal.  It's up to you to get creative and find some other spots where hooks can be utilized to change things up and keep things organized.

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Warm Up the Home with Christmas Lights Year-Round

Warm Up the Home with Christmas Lights Year-Round

While decorating the home with Christmas lights isn't a new trend, it's an undeniably effective way to add some warmth and accent light to any room in the home.  It is an inexpensive and readily-available lighting idea that can be utilized in a number of different ways that fits everything from a teenager’s bedroom to an intimate accent in any home. Also, since they come in so many different sizes, arrangements, and varieties, it's something that can fit anyone’s needs and be modified in whichever creative way you see fit.

LED or Incandescent?

This is perhaps the biggest decision you'll need to make when decorating with Christmas lights.  The past few years has seen a massive shift in Christmas lights from the age-old favorite incandescent light over to the new LED lights.  There are many advantages to the LED lights in that they draw very little power, don't get hot, and almost never have bulb outages along the strand.  While these advantages are hard to ignore, there's no denying that the color of the light is much cooler in color temperature and not nearly as bright as the incandescent option.  LED lights tend to have a blue tint that gives the room a cool look and requires a lot more bulbs and strands to equal the light output of its competitor.  If you're looking to add warmth and soft, inviting glow to a room – incandescent is the way to go.  They draw a bit more power but even then it is quite minimal and contrary to urban legend, they are quite safe to have plugged in for long periods of time (as long as you're using common sense with your outlets and power.)  These lights are fantastic for adding a warm, yellowish orange glow that will blanket a room and keep your light bill reasonable.

Where to place them?

Whether you choose rope lights, icicle lights, or the traditional strand – you can do almost anything with them.  Rope lights are popular for wrapping the staircase handrail or lining the border of the ceiling for a spanning glow.  The same can be done with other styles of lights, but when we get creative is where the fun begins.  Adding some Christmas lights to the rear of a bookcase or even the entertainment center provides a beautiful glowing outline that adds a bit of depth and pop to an area of our homes that may seem stagnant or impossible to spruce up.  One of the ways to go a bit further with the warming glow of Christmas lights is to place white or transparent fabric in front of them.  Flowing drapery, white muslin, or any decorative fabric can help diffuse the Christmas lights and spread its light evenly all across a room.  It's a striking effect that is soothing, warming, and angelic.  These inexpensive lights are versatile, cheap, and an excellent source of home décor depending on how you want to utilize them.

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Add a Chalk Wall for Some Added Variety

Add a Chalk Wall for Some Added Variety

Today’s home décor trends are dominated by two general styles:  modern and rustic. The modern style is the clean and sleek look that relies on minimalism, bold angles, and striking color palates.  The rustic look lends itself more toward the worn and vintage look with an abundance of texture.  Both of these trends are at their height right now as it's become commonplace to see both styles in new restaurant designs, real estate, home décor stores, and many other venues.  With these two styles dominating the décor world, it's not often that furnishing or décor ideas can fit with both styles.  One such décor trend that can span the gap between both styles is the emergence of chalkboards.

How


Chalk boarding an area of the house has become a much easier task as of late.  It doesn't rely on purchasing a chalkboard and hanging it somewhere on your walls – you can purchase cans of chalkboard paint or wallpaper at craft or paint stores.  This opens up your options on where your chalkboard surface can be placed and what the dimensions will be.

Where


Once you decide if you're going with the paint or wallpaper, next up is to find out where you want it to go.  One of the popular and appropriate places for a chalkboard wall would be the kitchen.  It is a growing trend to see chalkboard menu walls at restaurants, cafes, diners, and more.  Adding a chalk wall to our kitchen can give it that quaint feel of having our own little restaurant.  Other popular areas for a chalkboard wall are bathrooms and bedrooms.  Wherever you decide to place your chalk wall all depends on you and how you plan to use it.

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Fall Decorating Basics

Fall Decorating Basics

With the fall season in full-swing, it's difficult to go anywhere without catching glimpses of pumpkins, maize, hay, and all the autumnal decorations and colors of the season.  It's a joyous time of the year that smooths the transition from warm summer to harsh cold and offers a wide variety of decorating ideas.  The fall decorating season has taken on such frenzy over the past several years that it's beginning to rival the Christmas season in terms of decorating options and festive events.  It's the beginning of the decorative season and there are innumerable ways to decorate our homes to feel the festive fall season all around us.  Focusing on a few of the most tried-and-true decorative options, you can form a solid foundation of your fall décor and elaborate from there to make for a truly unique and inviting living space.

Pumpkins


If there's one iconic image that represents the fall season at the moment, it's the pumpkin.  While the cornucopia, autumn leaf, corn, and corn stalks may round out the fall décor icons, none is more prevalent than the pumpkin.  It has become a phenomenon of indulgent, flavorful treats – but also occupies a huge piece of real estate in the fall décor lineup.  They are abundant and easy to find at chain retailers, grocery stores, pumpkin patches, and even roadside farm stands.  Utilize a few large ones as statement pieces for a front porch, window, or even staircase landing.  Medium sized pumpkins can be a great accent for any shelf, tabletop, or corner that needs a bit of character and texture added to it.  And when it comes to the tiny little baby pumpkins, there's practically no end to what can be done with them – make a wreath, stack them in decorative glass vases, accent them on bookshelves, and much more.  The pumpkin is the foundation of fall décor that every project stems out from.

Corn & Leaves & Hay &Stalks!


Now that you have a strong foundation of mammoth and tiny pumpkins to pepper the household, round out your fall decorating picture with the other icons of autumn.  Utilize the season foods – corn, squash, gords, etc to create a striking and dramatic table arrangement for the living room.  Or if you're lucky enough, you can add it to a gorgeous front display window, creating a festive and homey statement for all to see.  Bails of hay make an excellent outdoor or foyer accent piece that adds a gorgeous level of texture to the home that fits right in with the cozy and inviting fall décor aesthetic.  Corn stalks are best utilized for the pole and support areas of the house – front porch, bottom of a stairway, basement support beams, etc.  It turns a bland looking pole into something with rich texture, feel, and look.  It's all about crafting an environment that's as cozy, homey, and inviting as the fall season makes us feel.

These are just the very basics of the fall décor season.  There's so much to choose from with candles, fragrance oils, and any bit of rustic fall décor that can make your home into a cozy hideout with warm and inviting décor.  It's the time of the season we revel in the beautiful transformation in nature and our slow transition into the winter months.  For some it's the most exciting time of the year and is undoubtedly an outlet for some truly creative and inspiring home décor ideas.

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