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Home décor rules to live by

Home décorAre you looking to refresh a room, or give life to tired space? Take a look at a few creative quick tips from Vern Yip, the acclaimed interior designer, long-time HGTV star, and an ambassador for the Portuguese Cork Association. Especially for DIYers, here are Yip’s top design rules:

Tie in the Old with the New

Pull a room together that shows off the things you love most. Mix modern, functional furniture with relics from travels, or beautiful antique pieces from generations past. A gallery wall is one of the easiest ways to combine old and new. Get creative with an eclectic mix of modern prints, travel photos, and family mementos.

Make Your Flooring Functional

A beautiful floor is one of the simplest ways to punctuate a room. Opt for materials that are both chic and comfortable, such as cork flooring. Cork floors are warm, soft on the feet and eco-friendly. Whether a kids’ playroom, where we spend a lot of time on the floor; a kitchen, where we stand for a long time; a basement and bedroom, where we may be stepping on it barefoot, cork’s natural ability to insulate against heat, cold, noise and vibration make it an ideal choice for any room in the home. What’s more, with design styles that range from wood-like planks to marble-esque tiles, plus an easy-to-install system, cork flooring meets a wide range of aesthetics and is a DIYer’s dream.

Don’t Shy Away from Colour

If you’re stuck in a sea of neutrals, it’s time to take a risk with colour. Start small by replacing old pillow covers, throws and lampshades to reflect the hues and tones of the season. Or, create an accent wall with a printed wallpaper or painted design. Keep your larger items white or neutral so that you can easily mix and match seasonal colours with permanent pieces.

For more tips and design inspiration, visit realcorkfloors.com.

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