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Bringing Outside Style Indoors

When we talk about bringing outside style to interior design we’re not suggesting that you use your lawn furniture in the living room, although it would probably make the kind of statement that could turn into a worldwide trend with enough YouTube coverage. No, we’re talking about something that’s already trending: The quasi-industrial styles that make use of unfinished textures and chunky shapes in otherwise soft or streamlined spaces. This design scheme, seen from stylish SoHo lofts to mod Montana ramblers, is easy enough to replicate anywhere – including in your own home. Here are just a few ideas: <strong>Outdoor Lighting   </strong> Outdoor lighting that has a rugged, wear-ready look is now a popular choice in many interior styles, particularly in kitchen and bath areas. Nautical and rustic designs have long been favorites, but <a title="Vintage Light Bulbs" href="http://www.atgstores.com/vintage-bulbs_19207.html" target="_blank">vintage bare bulbs</a> and barn lights are now considered sexy in indoor spaces. It’s important to keep in mind that the only thing that really makes an <a title="Outdoor Lighting" href="http://www.atgstores.com/outdoor-lighting_18.html" target="_blank">outdoor light</a> “outdoor” is your decision to put it outdoors. Don’t be afraid to ignore labels. <strong>Blocky Wood Blocks  </strong> Butcher-block countertops are a fine example of blocky beauty, but the theme is now spreading to other areas of the home as well. The unfinished look combined with soft, manufactured textiles and sleek technology can create striking contrasts. Wood blocks used as coffee tables, ottomans, plant stands and other furniture have been labeled as modern design, but it should be obvious that rough-hewn wood blocks have been used as furniture since … well … since the beginning of furniture. <strong>Stripped-Down Steampunk</strong> The raw cables, matte colors and exposed pipes and gears that are synonymous with steampunk style are being utilized in fresh ways that don’t remind people so much of <em>Mad Max</em>. Tables made of (or made to look like) old pull carts, <a title="Bar Stools" href="http://www.atgstores.com/bar-stools_1069.html" target="_blank">bar stools</a> with jaunty levers, the use of reclaimed wood and accents like oversized nail heads can give a cool outdoorsy feel to interior design. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes these ideas give you inspiration the next time you decide to go a little wild with your interior look.
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