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SPOTLIGHT ON A TREND; MAXIMALISM

Written by Danielle Kelly on . Posted in Uncategorized

Maximalism is a scary word in interior design. It’s a style that is as easy to get wrong as it is to get right, and often something people shy away from for fear of looking weird or different. The truth is, maximalism isn’t actually all that difficult an aesthetic to achieve; it just takes a good eye for colour and detail and a bit of patience to get the right balance.

If you aren’t already familiar, maximalism sits at the opposite end of the spectrum to minimalism. Where minimalism values pared-back décor that allows you to focus on what’s important, maximalism believes that each piece is important and that more is really more.  If minimalism feels too constraining and lifeless to you, that’s a pretty good sign that you should maybe look at a more maximalist aesthetic.

Whilst the aesthetic does rely on instinct and taste, there are a few foolproof ways of making it work. The first and most important is to figure out your colour scheme early on; that way, whatever happens, the room looks cohesive. Pick colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel to create contrast that draws the eye, but stick to those colours to ensure that the room makes sense.

Another great way of approaching maximalism is to start big and work your way down; start by picking base colours and your biggest bits of furnishings, like beds and sofas. If you’re unsure of how well this will go, you can keep the big pieces neutral, but opt for a more expressive, dramatic silhouette. Once you’ve got these in place, connect them all with matching smaller pieces, like wall art, houseplants and accessories.  

If you still feel that the space is too bland, you can then add depth by introducing a variety of textured items, like cushions, rugs and throws. These various materials add visual interest without departing massively from your colour scheme, and create focal points that draw the eye.

The important thing with maximalist design is to toe the line between ‘interesting’ and ‘cluttered’. You want to display objects that interest and inspire you, without inducing feelings of stress. Try to confine your display pieces to a few key areas so that you don’t constantly feel that you’re bumping into things or looking for room, and try to keep your items within the same genre. For example, group all of your frames in one place, or if you’re displaying vases or trinkets, let them be a focal point of their own, all together in one place.

At heart, maximalism works on the same principle as minimalism; your home should contain things that make you feel happy and inspired. It also values individualism and creativity, so take all the ideas above as suggestions, rather than hard and fast rules, and follow your own creative instinct.

Maximalism is a scary word in interior design. It’s a style that is as easy to get wrong as it is to get right, and often something people shy away from for fear of looking weird or different. The truth is, maximalism isn’t actually all that difficult an aesthetic to achieve; it just takes a good eye for colour and detail and a bit of patience to get the right balance.

If you aren’t already familiar, maximalism sits at the opposite end of the spectrum to minimalism. Where minimalism values pared-back décor that allows you to focus on what’s important, maximalism believes that each piece is important and that more is really more.  If minimalism feels too constraining and lifeless to you, that’s a pretty good sign that you should maybe look at a more maximalist aesthetic.

Whilst the aesthetic does rely on instinct and taste, there are a few foolproof ways of making it work. The first and most important is to figure out your colour scheme early on; that way, whatever happens, the room looks cohesive. Pick colours that are opposite each other on the colour wheel to create contrast that draws the eye, but stick to those colours to ensure that the room makes sense.

Another great way of approaching maximalism is to start big and work your way down; start by picking base colours and your biggest bits of furnishings, like beds and sofas. If you’re unsure of how well this will go, you can keep the big pieces neutral, but opt for a more expressive, dramatic silhouette. Once you’ve got these in place, connect them all with matching smaller pieces, like wall art, houseplants and accessories.  

If you still feel that the space is too bland, you can then add depth by introducing a variety of textured items, like cushions, rugs and throws. These various materials add visual interest without departing massively from your colour scheme, and create focal points that draw the eye.

The important thing with maximalist design is to toe the line between ‘interesting’ and ‘cluttered’. You want to display objects that interest and inspire you, without inducing feelings of stress. Try to confine your display pieces to a few key areas so that you don’t constantly feel that you’re bumping into things or looking for room, and try to keep your items within the same genre. For example, group all of your frames in one place, or if you’re displaying vases or trinkets, let them be a focal point of their own, all together in one place.

At heart, maximalism works on the same principle as minimalism; your home should contain things that make you feel happy and inspired. It also values individualism and creativity, so take all the ideas above as suggestions, rather than hard and fast rules, and follow your own creative instinct.

HAPPY HOLIDAYS AND MERRY CHRISTMAS FROM THE ARISTA LIVING TEAM

Written by aristaliving_laura on . Posted in Christmas, Christmas Promotion, Home & Garden, Home & Garden, Offers/Promotions, Promotion Type, Uncategorized

As the year draws to a close, the team at Arista Living would like to wish you a wonderful rest of the festive season! However the holidays look for you this year, we hope you find time to connect with the people you love and bid a proper farewell to 2020

We’d also like to take a moment to thank you all for your support this year. It’s been a bit of a crazy year for everyone, but it’s made us appreciate the most important things in life a bit more. Whilst we weren’t allowed to see each other, we loved being able to share space with you all on our social media, seeing all of the fantastic spaces you created using our beds.                    

Finally, we’d like to wish you a fantastic new year in 2021- we hope you get a chance to build on what you’ve achieved this year and that we’ll be able to celebrate a little bit more normally next year. In the interim, you can still find us online @aristaliving, and if you feel inspired to renovate your own space in the new year, we’re still giving you 50% off any mattress whenever you buy your dream bed on our site.

Stay safe and Happy Holidays!

10 CHRISTMAS FILMS TO WATCH IN BED

Written by aristaliving_laura on . Posted in Christmas, Christmas Promotion, Offers/Promotions, Promotion Type, Uncategorized

If you’re getting the festive season started at home, then a lockdown film night is the perfect thing for you. Pop some popcorn, find your comfiest pyjamas and curl up in bed (preferably one from our extensive collection) and get stuck into a classic Christmas film. In case you’re stuck for one to watch, we’ve compiled a short list of some of our favourites below.

 1. Polar Express

A young boy who doesn’t believe in Father Christmas gets swept away by a train headed directly for the North Pole in this Christmas classic. Based on the iconic book of the same name, the film deals with what it’s like to lose the magic of Christmas and struggle to find it again.

2. Elf

If you haven’t seen Elf, you haven’t done Christmas. This iconic film about a human being who grows up thinking he’s an elf is the perfect mixture of sweetness and stupidity to make you feel good about the festive season.

3.Nightmare before Christmas

This is actually the best film to watch in November, because it kind of bridges Halloween and Christmas, so it’s the perfect way to start your Christmas watching. If you’ve not seen it before, it tells the story of Jack Skellington, the Halloween King who decides he wants to switch to running Christmas.

4. A Christmas Story

This is a vintage classic that gets passed over way too often. It’s an adorable story about a little boy who wants his parents to buy him a BB gun for Christmas but can’t convince them to do it.

5. Home Alone

Kevin McAllister is left to fend for himself when his family forget him and leave for the holidays. Need we say any more?

6. The Grinch

A Christmas-hating green creature attempts to steal Christmas rather than dealing with his trauma. As funny as it is wholesome, this film deals with what it’s like to get carried away in the materialism and forget what Christmas is about.

7. Miracle on 34th Street

Father Christmas has to prove his identity to disbelievers in this 90s classic.

8. Nativity!

If you’ve got kids, chances are that they’ve had to watch this at school, but nothing ruins the novelty of watching Martin Freeman as an exhausted schoolteacher who accidentally leads the whole town to believe that a Hollywood producer is coming to see their nativity.

9.Olive The Other Reindeer

A niche favourite about a dog named Olive who doesn’t fit in- when Rudolph gets injured and Santa says he needs ‘all of the other reindeer’ Olive mishears and becomes convinced she’s Santa’s only hope.

10. A Muppet Christmas Carol

The Muppets and Dickens sound like two things that absolutely should not go together, but this film weirdly makes it all work, and work well. Worth watching just for Miss Piggy.

Picture courtesy of @beckyhomesweethomeaccount on Instagram

SPOTLIGHT ON A TREND; COTTAGECORE

Written by aristaliving_laura on . Posted in Home & Garden, Home & Garden, Home Appliances, Home Appliances, Uncategorized

If you’ve been on the internet at all this year, you’ll have heard of cottagecore. If you haven’t, let me fill you in- cottagecore is a lifestyle trend that’s been percolating on Instagram and Tumblr for years, but which found a foothold on TikTok this summer, gaining almost four and a half billion views.

Cottagecore values a rural, artsy aesthetic and the power of self-sufficiency- imagine living in a cottage in the woods, making your own food and completely removed from society, and you’d be pretty close to the ideal cottagecore life.  If cottagecore is your thing, but you’re not planning on upping and moving to the wilderness any time soon, here’s what you need to know to get the look.

The good news; you don’t need to buy that much stuff to get the look, because this particular trend is about being able to reuse and recycle anything you can. To get the look, all you really have to do is make sure you have the essential bits. Steer absolutely clear of anything overly modern, technological or plastic; your furniture essentials should either be wood, metal or fabric. This can be the difficult part, but you can find some great fabric options for beds here.

The other piece of good news about cottagecore decorating is that not everything you do needs to match- as long as your colour palette stays consistent, variation will add the rustic charm we associate with cottagecore. For colours, stay in muted, pastel tones and neutrals- you can’t go wrong with white walls and pastel accents.

Finally, what makes a great rustic space is the details- flowers and greenery add great natural touches, as do exposed brick or beams. There aren’t really any hard-and-fast rules when it comes to this, but most cottagecore spaces try to stick to natural materials and soft colours rather than statement pieces.  

As always, the most important thing is to create a space that feels authentic and soothing to you. Cottagecore is about escaping the mainstream for a simpler, less stressful life, so remember that the only person who has to be satisfied with the end result is you.

Photos courtesy of @bestlife_style__ on Instagram 

MENTAL HEALTH AT HOME; WHY YOUR SPACE MATTERS

Written by aristaliving_laura on . Posted in Affiliate Incentive, Awin, Christmas, Christmas Promotion, Competitions, General Promotions, Home & Garden, Home & Garden, Product Launches, Programme Launches, Promotion, Seasonal Promotions, UK, Voucher Codes

You’ve probably noticed that you feel much calmer once you’ve tidied your room, and that if you’re moving house, you don’t feel fully calm until everything is where it should be. Most people are aware that their mental health is tied into their space; that’s why we have design ideas like Hygge and minimalism, and why we follow people like Marie Kondo. Here are some ways you can improve your home so it supports your mental health.

Lighting

Natural light is so good for us; it wards off seasonal depression and provides us with vital Vitamin D, but it also stabilises our circadian rhythm, meaning it helps us to sleep through the night. You can’t do much about how much light a room gets naturally, but light colours and reflective surfaces will help the light to travel more effectively.

Colour

When a team of psychologists partnered with a paint company to research the impact of colour on your mental health, they actually found that pastel colours calmed people down, whilst bright ones made them feel more excited. If you’re thinking of redecorating, maybe go for lighter colours to help you to relax.

Storage

People who described their room as ‘cluttered’ were actually far more prone to depression, a 2010 study found; if you can physically see that things are disorganised, you might feel more stressed and less able to relax. Finding a solution like an ottoman bed to store things out of sight will help here.

If you find yourself struggling to sleep or relax in your bedroom, it might be worth considering that the environment you live in isn’t conducive to rest. These tips aren’t a cure-all, but trying to decorate according to how you want a room to make you feel is never a bad idea.

Photos courtesy of @dougs.digs on Instagram

FYI, YOUR MATTRESS IS PROBABLY TOO OLD. HERE’S HOW YOU KNOW.

Written by aristaliving_laura on . Posted in Awin, Christmas, Christmas Promotion, General Promotions, Home & Garden, Home & Garden, Product Launches, Programme Launches, Promotion, Seasonal Promotions, UK, Voucher Codes

Honestly, once you’ve gotten a mattress, you’re pretty likely to stop thinking about it, and because you spend so much time on it you might not notice it gradually aging.  Unfortunately, having a bad mattress is way more of a problem than you probably think (link to our blog here), so here’s how you’ll know when your mattress has given up.

The Springs Poke You

This is the obvious one- the more time you spend on the mattress the more likely you are to have pushed the springs out of place, which probably means they’ll be digging into you as you sleep.

Everything Hurts

As your mattress ages, it’ll stop supporting you as well as it has- the areas of our body that put the most pressure on it (your back and hips) will create divots which provide no support and cause joint pain.

Your Allergies Are Acting Up

As a mattress gets old, more dust settles in the crevices, which can cause those of us with dust allergies to wake up sniffly and sneezing

You Wake Up Tired

You feel like you can’t get up in the morning, it might be because a lumpy mattress is making it really difficult for you to get comfortable in your sleep, so you’re tossing and turning.

Whilst getting a new mattress might not be top of our priorities list, remember that getting 8 hours of proper, REM sleep makes you smarter, more attractive, less stressed and healthier, so you should probably at least think about investing in a new mattress as soon as you see your old one start to age.

Picture courtesy of @love_this_old_house on Instagram

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