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There’s a trick to keeping houseplants thriving in drier climates: It’s the bathroom. The typical high humidity and warmth of your bathroom is exactly what most tropical plants are missing in their lives. So if your houseplants are struggling, gather them up and display them near your tub or sink. But keep in mind that not all species can tolerate the lower light levels many windowless bathrooms have, so you may need to provide some supplemental light. So brighten up a shelf or that corner by your sink and tuck in a few of these plants that will prefer the conditions in your bathroom to the rest of your house.

Orchids

Orchids, though they can be a tad bit temperamental, are so worth the extra effort to grow in your bathroom; after all, they keep their gorgeous flowers for months on end. The damp, warm conditions in most bathrooms are a perfect environment for these pretty plants, which grow in bark instead of soil and prefer for that material to be damp but not wet. Some easier-care varieties of orchids include DendrobiumPhalaenopsis, and Paphiopedilums, which will all do well with bright, filtered bathroom window light.

Pothos

One of the most popular indoor vining plants is pothos, or Epipremnum aureum. It comes in a variety of leaf sizes, colors, and variegations. As long as it stays out of direct sunlight and its soil doesn’t dry out (it doesn’t care for overwatering, either), pothos is a low-maintenance beauty that is exceptionally pretty in a hanging basket or on a high shelf where it can trail to its heart’s content. Golden pothos can develop beautifully variegated leaves with streaks and flecks of gold among the green.

Test Garden Tip: All types of pothos can be toxic if ingested, to both children and pets.

Neon Pothos

This variety of Epipremnum aureum has bold neon leaves that will add color and life to your bathroom. It’s just as easy to care for as golden pothos, but it has brighter, even more eye-catching foliage.

Spider Plant

Houseplants don’t get easier than the no-fuss spider plant (Chlorophytumcomosum). They tolerate low light like champs, enjoy a little humidity, and their baby shoots (which can be detached and propagated) are just so darn cute. You can also let them dry out between waterings, and established plants can usually go up to two weeks without a drink.

China Doll Plant

A dark green China doll plant (Radermachera sinica) is perfect for sliding into a bathroom corner near a window. China doll plants need bright, indirect sunlight and moist, well-drained soil, and must be protected from drafts. Since they like the heat and moist conditions, they’ll thrive in the warmth of your bathroom.

Bromeliad

These bright tropicals are in a family of plants that consists of thousands of different species. Though they vary in care depending on the specific species, most bromeliads grown as houseplants will have similar needs: Bright, filtered light, plenty of moisture in the air, and a temperate indoor climate. Most are prized for their incredibly colorful, variegated foliage and long-lasting color. Some common, easy-to-care-for varieties include Scarlet Star (Guzmania lingulata), Blushing Bromeliad (Neoregelia carolinae, shown), and the incredibly prehistoric-looking Urn Plant (Aechmea fasciata).

Tillandsia

Also part of the bromeliad family, these beauties are commonly referred to as air plants. The specimens that fall into the Tillandsia genus (we’re talking hundreds and hundreds of species) are beloved for their ability to grow without soil, or without necessarily being planted at all. In the right environment, they hardly need any care whatsoever. What’s the right environment beyond the jungles of South America? You guessed it, the bathroom. If you have a shower with a bright window, even better. They’ll love to have occasional shower overspray, and they’ll soak up all that trapped humidity. If your air plant doesn’t quite get enough moisture from the air, you can mist it, or give it a good soak every few weeks (depending on how dry your climate is). Some common varieties include Tillandsia xerographicaTillandsia bergeri, and Tillandsia ionantha.

Test Garden Tip: The more silvery the foliage, the more drought-tolerant it is.

Peperomia

This small-growing, low-light-loving plant comes in a variety of colors and adorable leaf shapes. Its compact size makes it perfect for tight quarters, such as narrow shelves or terrariums (but it doesn’t like direct sun, so keep it away from the windowsill). This particular striped variety is watermelon peperomia, or Peperomia argyreia. Peperomia is super easy to care for, loves humidity, and only needs watering when the top of the soil feels dry.

Tropical Pitcher Plant

Also sometimes adorably referred to as monkey cups, Nepenthes are a widely diverse genus of tropical plants that all display some variation of the distinctive pitcher (filled with a liquid that attracts and helps digest insects as food). Contrary to popular belief, you don’t need to “feed'” insects to these plants; the average household has enough to tide one specimen over. Pitcher plants like their soil to be kept moist, and they love humidity, so they’ll be quite at home in the bathroom. They’ll also tolerate low humidity but will produce fewer pitchers under those circumstances. Their vining habit makes them a captivating windowsill addition.

Snake Plant

This plant, also known as mother-in-law’s tongue, viper’s bowstring hemp, or St. George’s sword, is nearly impossible to killSansevieria varieties tolerate almost any growing condition, from nearly no light to bright light to direct light. They need little to no water, and if you keep them in a humid bathroom, you might never have to water these hardy West African natives at all.

Editor’s Tip: This plant is considered mildly toxic to people and animals when ingested.

You love to see your jade plant or fig tree in its beautiful terra-cotta planter. But have you ever thought of taking decor inspiration from the clay-based ceramic?

The gray trend in home decor that’s held us in thrall for so long seems to be giving way this spring to a warmer color palette in the terra-cotta family. And the hue is all about the fresh vibes.

“Terra cotta is Italian for ‘baked earth,’ and there is a grounded and timeless appeal in both the color palette and the material,” says Lauren Yarbrough, director of design at Livio Designs in Louisiana. “The material dates back to about 10,000 B.C. from Greece and Egypt, but gained popularity in Europe around the 14th century.”

Want to bring this ancient warm and earthy shade into your home decor—and this century? Here’s a rundown of all the ways terra cotta can bring a modern breeze into everything from your bathroom to lush linens.

Flooring

While colors fall in and out of favor with homeowners through the decades, terra-cotta floors seem to be trend-proof, perhaps because they’re so practical.

“Terra-cotta floor tiles are durable,” says Dan Wiener, founder and lead interior designer for Homedude. “They’re perfect for kitchens, bathrooms, and other high-traffic areas because they’re easy to clean and maintain.”

They also come in various tones and patterns and work well with many decor styles, from rustic to boho to the Mediterranean to Euro farmhouse.

Bathroom Sinks

Concrete countertops and sinks in terra-cotta hues have been a kitchen trend for a few years, and now they’re being manufactured for bathrooms, too. Companies are firing up made-to-order basins and sinks in a veritable rainbow of colors. Peach and pink look fresh with the brass fixtures we’re all coveting at the moment.

Interior Paint

Paint is one of the easiest and least expensive ways to bring a terra-cotta color scheme to your home.

“If you are looking to add a touch of natural warmth to your home, then terra-cotta walls might be a perfect choice,” says Wiener.

Or “even just the rich, muted hue of terra cotta on a focal wall can do the trick,” suggests Sara Ianniciello, director of design at Whitehall Interiors.

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If your walls are monochrome white—and you like it that way (or if you rent and have no choice)—you can incorporate the latest trend by choosing furnishings in terra-cotta tones that stand out against the neutral backdrop.

“Try incorporating earthy tones and natural materials into your home decor,” suggests Wiener. “Think leather furniture or pieces with leather trim in earth tones.”

Wicker and bamboo furnishings also have the natural, earthy tones this look requires.

Textiles

There’s no need to swap out your furniture to get the new terra-cotta look. Instead, you can achieve it by adding textiles like pillows, throws, and rugs.

“Throw blankets and pillows are an easy and affordable way to change up and update your style,” says Yarbrough. “Don’t be intimidated by the array of terra-cotta colors and how to match them. Since terra cotta is a bit of a burnt orange, it pairs beautifully with creams, dusty pinks, maroons, and mustard.”

Or tie it all together with a rug in a monotone earthy color.

“If you want the terra-cotta look without the price tag and the hassle, hand-knotted oushak rugs are a great option,” she adds.

Wallpaper

Another trick decorators use to add a statement color and dimension is employing wallpaper. Anyone who has ever renovated a home will probably groan at the thought of wallpaper, but you can use it judiciously to great effect.

“Wallpaper has made a huge comeback in the past few years, and we are using it everywhere,” says Yarbrough. “This is a great way to incorporate new color trends like terra cotta. You can do a full room, a single wall, or accent the back of a bookcase if you aren’t ready to commit fully to the color,” she adds.

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Use these tips to minimize noise, delineate space and establish personal boundaries in an open layout.

“Open-plan layout” is a generic term used in interior design and architecture for any floor plan that makes use of large, open spaces and minimizes the use of small, enclosed rooms. They are, for the most part, free of interior walls or partitions. Open floor plans became popular in the 1970s, but over the past year, as people have been isolated at home, all that openness is causing some to reconsider. It turns out those walls, partitions and other barriers are useful for minimizing noise and giving a visual and physical sense of privacy. Here are 15 ways you can create that separation in an open floor plan.

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1. Arrange the Furniture

This is definitely the place to start when it comes to defining zones for your interior, and it likely won’t cost you a thing.

Turning the backs of chairs and sofas to the rest of a space is an immediate way to signal a separate area. Rearranging your furniture to carefully create cordoned intimate sections may be the most powerful tip for redefining an open layout.

For example, if your living room is alongside your dining room, make sure your sofa has its back to the table or that your chairs are facing the fireplace, like in the space shown here. This will create a notion of separateness.

Having textured portions of wall, like the dramatic stone fireplace here, also helps visually signal different areas.

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Adding surfaces behind furniture zones can also create a barrier. A console table behind a sofa, like shown here, is a nice way to add height and definition.

The more height you add to your console table in terms of accessories and items you place on the surface, the more of a visual barrier you’ll create. Consider tall vases, high stacks of books and table lamps.

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2. Add an Area Rug

Another strong way to create a visually distinct area is through the placement of rugs on floor surfaces. They also enhance your decor and add softness to the overall space. Rugs are also great for absorbing noise, which is helpful when multiple activities are happening in one space.

Be sure you select a rug that is the appropriate size. It should at least fit the main piece of furniture, such as a sofa, on it.

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If you’re unsure on what style of rug to go for, my recommendation would be a bold pop of color to really define the zone and give it a radically different personality.

Hyde Evans Design

3. Introduce a Folding Screen

One low-commitment way to divide a space is with a decorative folding screen. These vertical barrier pieces can also inject pattern and color into a room. And they can be easily moved around to other areas of the home or taken out completely when you’re ready for a full open floor plan again.

Notice how the screen here creates an intimate seating area while adding color and pattern. The striking light fixture carries weight and also helps define this space. At night, the light will punctuate the zone even more.

Rob Stuart Interiors

4. Accent the Ceiling

Sometimes the best ideas come from above. The inset ceiling in this living room is dressed in wallpaper and finished with multiple bulb lights. This feature stylishly characterizes the sitting area.

For a more subtle but still effective approach, consider enhancing a ceiling with paint or molding.

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5. Use a Bookcase

I love the idea of using an open bookcase to separate areas because it serves double duty: division and storage. Be cautious how you dress the shelves, though. I highly recommend that you do not stuff your bookcase to the gills. Leave some open space to allow brightness to filter through and highlight the objects.

Also, choose a high-quality, sturdy unit. This is not a piece to skimp on because you do not want this unit to tip over. You should always anchor and secure a freestanding unit that you’re using between spaces. Or, as in the example shown here, the bookcase unit is attached to the ceiling above and a pony wall below, ensuring it stays in place.

You could also consider a solid bookcase, which will create a more definitive separation. In that option, you could place two bookcases back to back, so you have storage on both sides or hang art on the back of one bookcase.

To keep some sightlines open, a lower storage unit like the one shown here may be right for you.

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This two-sided, floor-to-ceiling shelving unit offers storage and separation between a living room and kitchen. Anchoring the TV onto the unit helps really define the areas.

Rusk Renovations

6. Put In Drapery

Curtains can go far beyond just dressing your windows. They can make a plush room divider too. It’s a look that will create softness and enhance a room’s ambiance. But because there’s no standard size curtain and rod for a room application, going custom is probably the best route.

You can opt for opaque fabric to add a complete barrier or choose sheers like in this room to keep things feeling somewhat airy. Sheers come in a variety of light-filtering options so you can customize the brightness level you’re going for.

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7. Install a Decorative Divider

A stylish fixed screen divider is an elegant way to break up a room. It can also add an arty feature to your space. Consider your surrounding design and architectural elements when selecting the pattern, color and material for a fixed screen. You want it to feel intentional, as if the divider was always part of the space rather than an afterthought.

Here, classic midcentury modern-style breeze blocks coordinate with the Eames-style dowel leg chairs and other midcentury-inspired details.

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This geometric metal divider pairs beautifully with the clean-lined contemporary kitchen.

Keep in mind that the less dense your pattern, the more you’ll see the adjacent zone, so really think about how you’ll be using the spaces side by side to help inform your design needs for a divider.

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The size of your divider is also important for comfort and accessibility. The average opening width considered adequate between spaces is within a range of 42 to 48 inches. So you don’t want a divider to encroach on those pathways.

Sarah Natsumi Moore

8. Incorporate Plants

A large leafy green tree can add a lively optical barrier. The ficus tree in this home in Austin, Texas, helps separate a living area from a dining spot. Also, notice how the homeowners painted a single wall on the left a different color than the other walls to signify a transition space.

Jessica Helgerson Interior Design

An indoor planter box is also a great way to create some delineation while keeping some sightlines open.

Jo Cowen Architects

9. Put Up a Glass Partition

A glass partition helps block noise while letting light pass between spaces. If you want to obscure the view to further separate rooms, consider etched or textured glass.

Cherie Lee Interiors

You can also create a full glass wall with doors. This keeps the feel of the open plan intact but allows a user to shut the doors and listen to music or take a phone call without disturbing, or being disturbed by, activities in the adjacent room.

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Another alternative is vertical glass louvers that can be rotated. If you’ve got nearby operable windows, the louvers can be turned so the breeze flows right through. You can also create moody features with shadows and lighting, depending on how you pivot each panel.

Nick Noyes Architecture

10. Build a Wall

It might seem counterintuitive to put up a wall where one was previously taken down or add one to a new-build home intended to be open, but sometimes you have to be honest about how you use your home and what your needs are.

And you don’t have to add a full wall. Sometimes a pony wall or a partition wall like the orange one shown here that stops just short of the ceiling is enough. Plus, a simple non-load-bearing wall made with two-by-fours and drywall is relatively easy to put up and take down.

Also, notice the decorative divider used in this space.

Gaia Construction Inc.

11. Take It to the Next Level

Changing the level of a room or creating a sunken room is a method that will definitively separate spaces within an open layout. A level change down from a main floor area can offer increased headroom and a feeling of spaciousness. A level change up will create a more intimate space.

Keep in mind that level changes in homes can be difficult to navigate for people with mobility issues, so always consider handrails or other support structures.

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12. Create a Kitchen Island

If your kitchen feels too open to surrounding rooms, like if you’re trying to cook and guests or family members keep coming in and getting in the way, investing in an island could be right for you.

An island forms a barrier that keeps people on one side and the chef on the other. It also visually denotes the separation of spaces. Counter stools will further highlight the boundary point, but also consider placing a small beverage fridge on the outer side or end to let guests grab a drink without needing to come fully into the kitchen to the main fridge and potentially get in the way of the cook.

For a less permanent option, consider an island on casters that can be locked or unlocked, allowing you to push the piece out of the way to create a more open feel as needed.

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13. Design an Artsy Feature

If you lack wall space to hang artwork because of an abundance of windows (not a bad problem to have), consider creating, or hiring an artist to create, an art installation that separates rooms.

In this Montana home, an installation of what appears to be birch trees and trunks cordons off the dining area from the living room. Also, notice how the level change defines the spaces, as does the large light fixture over the dining table.

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In this New York loft, twisted floor-to-ceiling sculptures add drama and designation to the open layout.

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14. Incorporate Sliding Panels

Sliding doors are popular for fully opening up interiors to outdoor spaces, but the concept can just as easily be applied to interior spaces.

In this San Francisco home, sliding panels can completely shut off or open up a workspace to the main living areas.

For this arrangement, you need bulkheads or another system for supporting the tracks from which the panels hang. If tracks are going in the floor, that’s something that will require extra thought and planning. Also, keep in mind that some setups might be more difficult to clean than others, so it’s worth doing your homework. If the panels permanently overlap, for example, it can be hard to clean the space between them. If the tracks are on the floor, dirt and other debris can settle in the nooks.

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15. Construct a Two-Sided Fireplace

A two-sided fireplace is perhaps the coziest and most inviting option of the bunch. Fireplaces always create a striking focal point, and a two-sided option has the advantage of distributing heat and ambiance more evenly to two areas than if it was against one wall at the end of a large open room.

You can also consider bio-ethanol or electric options that don’t require a chimney.

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Sustainable materials, statement fabrics, and cozy splurges make up some of the bedroom must-haves everyone will be dreaming about in the coming year.

Of all the rooms in your home, your bedroom is perhaps the most personal. It serves as your private sanctuary where you can relax, unwind, and let your individual style truly shine. As we look forward to 2022, making this space comfortable and personalized will continue to be a primary focus. To achieve that cozy, customized feel, elements like sustainable, high-quality materials and statement-making styles will be increasingly sought-after, according to a new trend report from bedding and home goods brand The Company Store. Drawing insights from a recent survey of 1,000 U.S. adults, the report outlines some of the top bedroom design trends to watch out for in the coming year. Read on to learn how to incorporate these must-have elements to create the bedroom of your dreams.

bedroom modern rustic blue-green wall board and batten muted colors

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1. Designing for Comfort

As the coronavirus pandemic compelled us to spend more time at home, creating a calming haven became paramount. In fact, 53% of consumers reported that the pandemic made them realize that keeping their homes comfortable should always be a priority. Now, as COVID-19 follows us into another year, nearly half of survey participants named designing with comfort in mind as the top bedroom design trend for 2022. To emphasize relaxation and coziness in your bedroom, layer in plush pillows and soft, luxurious textiles, and accessorize with items that make you feel calm and comforted, such as scented candles, favorite books, or family photos.

2. Sustainable Bedding

Sustainability is a top concern throughout the home, influencing our choices for cleaning products, paint, food storage containers, and more. But because we spend a large chunk of each day in bed, using natural, eco-friendly materials is especially important in the bedroom. In The Company Store’s survey, 87% of respondents said sustainability is an important consideration when making purchases for their bedroom. For those under 30 years old, that percentage rose to 96%. Expect to see more bedding options made from organic fabrics, recycled materials, or sustainable fibers like TENCEL lyocell and bamboo. To ensure your purchase is truly sustainable, check the tag or product description for certifications such as the Global Organic Textile Standard (GOTS)Oeko-Tex Standard 100, and Fair Trade Certified label.

cozy green bedroom with dog on floor

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3. Bold Bedroom Colors

Soft neutrals like white and gray will always be favorites for their soothing feel, but warmer, bolder shades are starting to rise in popularity as bedroom colors. The report notes that orange, caramel, mossy green, and burgundy were among the most popular hues in The Company Store’s recent bedding collections, which tracks with the broader trend toward earthy, nature-inspired colors we’re seeing throughout the home. In the bedroom, incorporate warm, saturated shades on bedding or walls for a burst of color, or start small with accents like pillows, throws, or nightstand accessories.

bedroom with colorful textured wallpaper

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4. Statement Patterns

While you might hesitate to cover your entire living room in exuberantly patterned wallpaper, your bedroom is a more private space where you can dare to experiment. Younger generations, in particular, are increasingly looking to make a statement with their bedroom designs. In the survey, nearly a quarter of consumers under 40 said they were apt to use bold patterns in their sleeping quarters. To spruce up your own bedroom, opt for an eye-catching wallpaper, mix-and-match patterns on pillows and bedding, or ground the room with a graphic area rug.

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5. Splurging on Quality

Quality often requires a bit of an investment, but consumers are increasingly willing to splurge when it comes to comfort. Nearly 80% of survey respondents said they would rather spend extra on well-made goods that are meant to last than skimp on trendy, lower-quality items. The report explains that many who splurged on high-quality home items during the pandemic have become accustomed to that luxury and are now unwilling to do without. If you’re looking to splurge on your bedroom, consider which investment pieces would have the biggest impact. A new mattress or pillow, for example, can boost your quality of sleep, while a luxury sheet set can make you feel like you’re staying in a fancy hotel.

6. Focus on Guest Rooms

After many months of canceled events and virtual gatherings, many of us are ready to start welcoming others into our homes again. Although 78% of those surveyed said they intend to host guests this holiday season, 69% said their homes aren’t fully ready for entertaining. To prepare for gatherings with overnight visitors, guest rooms will be a major focus over the next few months, with 30% of consumers noting their next bedroom-related purchase will be for their guest space rather than their own. In your spare bedroom, consider brightening up the walls, upgrading to more colorful bedding, or even splurging on a new mattress to make company feel welcomed and at ease.

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