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Pick a city theme to match your passions

Jackson Square - by Irene Suchocki
Jackson Square - by Irene Suchocki

The living room is where we relax at the end of a hard day. Sometimes it's where we veg out on  our days or nights off work or school. It's where we entertain friends and family, where we listen to music, watch movies or the latest HBO/Netflix offerings. And many of us even have a little corner dedicated to our online life as well.

A really good way to choose the city-themed living room art that's right for you is to go with what you're interested in.

For example, if you're into Jazz music, why not go with some nice photos or paintings of New Orleans or Chicago?

The Dream on Royal Street - by Irene Suchocki
The Dream on Royal Street - by Irene Suchocki

Don't go with the obvious

The great thing about this is that you don't have to show close-ups of chubby old guys with puffed-out cheeks blowing through shiny brass things to capture 'the quintessential New Orleans'. You can be more subtle. There are many gorgeous city scenes out there that show other, lesser-known areas of just about any city you can think of. And they make excellent conversation pieces.

Mixing city images is okay

Don't be selfish! If you live with other people, whether it's as part of a family or with fellow students or colleagues, get them involved with decorating the living room with their interests as well! As long as the colours don't clash dramatically (with the décor, or with each other), you can mix & match themes all you want.

Fifth Avenue - by Linda Wisdom
Fifth Avenue - by Linda Wisdom

For example, you might be into Jazz, and one of your housemates might be into movies.

Take Manhattan!

How about New York? Lots of the best movies ever were filmed in The Big Apple, and the Jazz scene is apparently alive and kicking.

Woody Allen, one of the world's greatest film directors, is also a kick-ass clarinet player, and he's definitely a New York icon. There! There's a good two-in-one deal for you. New York can easily cover Cinema and Jazz music. You're welcome.

The point is that involving other members of your household will make them feel good. They can say "That's my city picture, and I chose it because...". Wouldn't that be nice?

Travel much?

Vilnius - by Mark Base
Vilnius, Lithuania - by Mark Base

Maybe you can't be bothered to think of a specific overall theme for your city scenes. How about just going for images of places you've visited? Or maybe places that you'd like to visit? Maybe seeing these on your living room wall will give you the incentive to book that flight (or start saving up). You never know.

And you don't have to travel to Lithuania, you know. Maybe Montreal would make a nice travel treat for you. There appears to be a lot of Montrealers who do some fantastic stuff. Our friend Bob does some great paintings of different city scenes, and you'll find loads of photos on Etsy as well. Can you imagine watching The Montreal Jazz Festival from the comfort of your own sofa? Magic. Your imagination is your only limit (a decent sound system would help, of course).

Corner Notre Dame - by Robert Mondoux
Corner Notre Dame - by Robert Mondoux

Whatever your passion, hanging some gorgeous city wall art in your living room will add that extra bit of vibrant energy to your environment. It'll be something nice to look at, ponder over, daydream about, or talk to visitors about. Just go for it!

What would you choose for your living room, and why? Feel free to let us know in the comments below...

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Treat your bathroom as an equal

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An unattractive bathroom, yesterday.

The bathroom is often sadly neglected when it comes to decent décor. This is partly because, these days especially, people tend to spend less time in there. It's all about serving a specific function; either disposing of bodily nastinesses (see left), having a quick shower, shaving or putting one's face on. Fewer people actually spend time soaking in a nice, long hot bath, so it's no great surprise that we spend less of our decorating money on things like colour coordination or nice pictures for the bathroom wall.

But there's no reason - nor excuse - for this neglect. Even if you have a really small bathroom, there are loads of ways to make it attractive. But there are certain things you need to think about.

Pick a colour scheme for your bathroom's décor

Simply thinking about colours and hues would be a great first step toward creating your ideal bathroom.

Do you like soft pastels or brighter primary colours? Are you into floral patterns or sharper straight lines in blacks, whites, and greys?

Remember, this is the most private room in your home, and there's no shame in taking the time to enjoy it.

Which wall art works for bathrooms?

This is totally up to you. There's no right or wrong style of image here. It's your bathroom.

Hydrant-Close
Hydrant-Close - by Robert Mondoux

If you have kids, or if you sometimes have guests with small children, you may want to avoid some of the scarier/more gothic pictures. But you should definitely make sure you use images that go with your colour scheme, and that you feel good about. Make it something you love.

Variety is always a good idea.

When in Venice
When in Venice - By Irene Suchocki

It may also be worth thinking about getting a few different paintings or photos that would work in some of your other rooms as well. A lot of people like to swap things around from time to time, and that's always good.

Just have fun with it; making your bathroom just the way you like it really shouldn't feel like a chore.

But remember - it can get damp in there!

If you've got a well-ventilated bathroom, or if you intend to change your bathroom wall art fairly frequently, this shouldn't be an issue. It is worth bearing in mind, however, that most paintings and photos aren't really made to be hung in damp areas. But don't let this deter you. There are plenty of different waterproof frames out there that will protect your precious pictures (here's an example: A3 Waterproof Silver Snap Frame 25mm).

What's your style? Let us know...

We'd be interested to see what our readers think. What would look good in your ideal bathroom? Let us know by leaving a comment below.