6 Decorating Trends to Try Now!

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Photo Source: newdarlings.com

Looking for the hottest decorating trends to incorporate in your new apartment home? Below we have listed 6 popular trends we are crushing on right now!

  1. Mud cloth: Although the name does not have the most appealing visualization, “mud cloth” is actually a very up-and-coming pattern. This pattern is African inspired and mostly seen in fabrics for throw pillows or comforters, but we are seeing this trend everywhere now, even on clothing!
  1. Copper: This hue is a very trendy way to incorporate a hint of metallic into your apartment décor, if neither gold nor silver is your thing. Copper is a more feminine metallic because of its pink undertone, similar to rose gold. You can find copper apartment accessories pretty much all over the place, from tableware to light fixtures.
  1. Curio shelves/cabinets: The coolest way to display all of your little trinkets is with a curio shelf! These shelves have a bunch of tiny compartments built into one frame, and they come in all different shapes to express your style.
  1. Flower bombing: This may be one of the more daring trends that we have seen in recent years, but it sure is pretty. The idea of “flower bombing” is simply just covering an item or space in flowers. It is a bold trend that is sweeping the interior design world and we can’t get enough! You can “flower bomb” a lampshade, pillow, chair, or even a bed frame.
  1. Shell chairs: This vintage chair style is back and better than ever! The unmistakable design was first popular in the 1950’s and is resurfacing as the modern day “minimalist” chair. You can find shell chairs in a variety of colors to match your apartment’s design theme.
  1. Concrete: Industrial interior design has been very popular in the last couple of years. Concrete accessories lend a great hand to this trend if that is the route that you want to take your apartment décor.

To see some great examples of how you can incorporate these trends into your apartment home, visit our Pinterest board here. If you’re in the market to rent a new apartment, visit arcadiarun.com to see how you can get used to getting more with a brand new apartment home at Arcadia Run!

Bookcase Styling 101

Bookcases are not only a classic place to store your novels but also a vehicle for creativity and expression of style! Make the most out of your bookcase by accentuating it with unique trinkets and sentimental artifacts. We’ve pulled together some inspirational looks to help you get started on arranging your bookcase!

When it comes to arranging books, classic isn’t always better. Try stacking your books horizontally rather than vertically for something different! This also gives you the option of adding a decorative accent like a candle on top the books for more visual appeal.

BHG Horizontal Books

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Use your bookcase to store craft supplies but do it in an organized, disguised fashion like Kelli of Lolly Jane! Kellie cleverly stored away her crafting tools in mason jars, crates, and trunks. Check out her guide on how to build your own crafting bookcase here!

Lolly Jane Trunk Bookcase

(Image Source: Lolly Jane)

Keep your bookcase functional and organized with storage bins and magazine holders! Just make sure you stick to a set color palette when choosing your organizers so they don’t become distracting. Mix in some decorative pieces to keep it from looking lackluster.

Apartment Therapy Organized Bookcase

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Create a shabby chic look with your bookcase by arranging vintage accents among the books. Visit your local thrift store or antique shop to find some charming one-of-a-kind pieces. Up the vintage vibe with some antique books!

BHG Antique Bookcase

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If you’re going for a romantic feminine look in your apartment, trying painting the back of your bookcase a fun color like bright pink! Then decorate with neutral colored books, vases and frames to let the color stand out.

Censational Girl Pink Bookcase

(Image Source: Centsational Girl)

Make Your Own Canvas Art and Liven Up Your Walls!

Who said owning beautiful wall art means breaking the bank?

In fact, you’ll save money and take pride in the work you display at home if you make it yourself.
And with these easy DIY ways to create canvas art and simple wall hangings, you’ll surprise your guests when they find out your stunning artwork is the product of a couple dollars, a little elbow grease and a burst of your own creativity.

Canvas art and DIY wall hangings have been popular these days, particularly type-heavy pieces. Pick a quote you adore, choose a font that vibes with you (dafont offers a great, categorized guide to different fonts) and turn it into a stencil. From there, grab a little paint and you’re off!

 Coffee Canvas - Bungalow Classic

Image: Bungalow Classic

If you’re interested in creating something a bit more abstract, we suggest heading to a local craft store and purchasing a canvas or three. Made2Style has an excellent guide for creating beautiful canvas art at a low cost.

Canvas Made2Style

Image: Made2Style

If you’re feeling a bit more ambitious, your canvas work can take on multiple layers and hues. We love this canvas art, created merely with painters tape and a palette of paints. It’s vibrant, striking and the pattern adds an artistic edge to any wall.


Canvas - Home of Bambou

Image: Home of Bambou

Once again, a bit of painters tape and a spectrum of color can go a long way.

Tape Painting Canvas

Image: Maria Teorien 

Want to create your own artwork, but don’t want to paint it yourself? We love these canvases from Style Lush Blog. She took scrapbook paper and, using spray adhesive, transferred the sheet’s design onto a blank canvas. The result is ordered, gorgeous and pain-free!

scrapbook paper style lush

Image: Style Lush Blog

 No matter how you choose to put it together, the beauty of DIY canvas art is that you can make it entirely yours.

And that is a beautiful thing.