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Cause of Teenage Insecurities

Insecurity arises from the lack of confidence and feeds upon a weak character. Even the most confident and outspoken people have some things about themselves that they are not completely happy or satisfied.

During the teenage years, overcoming self-doubts is a major part of growing up and becoming adults. While insecurities affect every teenager, they manifest themselves differently and with varying intensity, depending on a person’s strength of character and environment.

Most teenagers don’t share or discuss their doubts with others. Being alone, rejected, not a part of the popular crew; having bad grades; making mistakes, failing to achieve something, and therefore, disappointing one’s parents, teachers, or oneself; having the “wrong kind of” body, wearing inappropriate clothes for his/her age and the like are just a few of the causes of self-doubts which could result to low self-confidence.

Helping children build self-confidence and instill a sense of self-worth from a young age is fundamental in fighting their insecurities later in life. Yet a teens’ self-confidence can be easily swayed, so even most confident teens need parental reassurance from time to time to help teenagers improve their self-esteem during adolescence, and also strengthen and maintain a positive relationship.

To understand and support a struggling child, you need to help them open up to you about things that worry them. Criticizing your kids for every petty detail won’t help. Be broad-minded so that they won’t be afraid of being judged and censured. In order to sustain a positive dynamic between you two, parents must maintain a positive outlook at all times.

If there is something troubling your kids, be sure to listen and try to understand the problem from their point of view and that you will offer constructive feedback. Do not be judgmental. Always offer a reassuring smile or advice.

When going through an anxiety, teens get easily overwhelmed by the simplest inconveniences. As parents, we need to ensure structure in our kids because it can bring certainty. It can give them something to rely and count on when everything else seems to be tumbling down.

The sense of achievement is crucial in building their self-confidence. Setting realistic goals can make a difference in your child’s attitude and outlook. Do not force your child to achieve more than he/she can. What’s important is that he/she tried her best. Your affirmation as a parent can help him/her boost his/her self-esteem.

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New Trademark Rules, 2017: The 10 Most Notable Changes

The Ministry of Commerce and Industry of the Government of India has recently updated the Trademark rules. The new Trademark Rules, 2017 came into effect via a Govt. notification on March 6th and will replace the Trademark rules, 2002.

Among the notable changes made, the process of filing for a trademark has been simplified but at the same time, the fees for filing a trademark have been hiked significantly, while making concessions for individuals, Startups and small enterprises.

Here is a list of the most notable changes made in the new Trademark Rules:

  1. Trademark application process simplified: Under the new rules, the process of filing a trademark application has now been simplified. Accordingly, the 75 separate forms and applications which were employed earlier for carrying out various tasks have now been replaced by 8 consolidated forms, thereby streamlining the whole filing process.
  2. Fees for filing a trademark hiked to 150%: The application fees for trademark registration have been raised to 150% of the previous rates. The new fees for a trademark application are now Rs. 10,000. It is noteworthy here that E-filing of Trademarks has been incentivised through a special rate of Rs. 9,000 as fees for a trademark application when filed online. However, a special rebate of 50% has been given to Individuals, Startups and Small Enterprises.
  3. Individuals, Startups and Small Enterprises get concession in Trademark fees: Significant concession has been given to individuals, startups and small enterprises filing for a trademark. For qualifying startups, individuals and small enterprises, the new Trademark fees are Rs. 5,000 and Rs. 4,500 for physical filing and E-filing respectively.
  4. Small Enterprises and Startups defined: For the purpose of the above-mentioned concession, small enterprises and startups have been defined in the new rules, as follows:

    A small enterprise is an enterprise engaged in the manufacture or production of goods, where the investment in plant and machinery does not exceed the limit of Rs 10,00,00,000 and in case of an enterprise engaged in providing or rendering of services, where the investment in equipment is not more than the limit of Rs 5,00,00,000.

    A startup means an entity, incorporated or registered in India, not prior to five years, with annual turnover not exceeding INR 25,00,00,000 in any preceding financial year and working towards innovation, development, deployment or commercialization of new products, processes or services driven by technology or intellectual property. However, if any entity formed by splitting up, or reconstruction, of a business already in existence, it will not be considered as a startup and also, an entity shall cease to be a Startup if its turnover for the previous financial years has exceeded INR 25 crore or it has completed 5 years from the date of incorporation/ registration. A Startup needs to obtain certification from the Inter-Ministerial Board.

  5. Expedited process for Trademark Registration: According to the new rules, the Government has introduced an expedited process for Trademark registration under Rule 34. This provision is only available for E-filing of the application. The Government fees for expedited processing of trademark application are Rs. 20,000 for individuals, startups and small enterprises, and Rs. 40,000 for all others.
  6. Fees for Opposition, Rectification and Renewal of Trademark also hiked: Government fees for notice of Opposition or application for Rectification have been hiked and are now Rs. 3,000 and Rs. 2,700 respectively for physical filing and E-filing. The fees for Trademark renewal have also been raised to Rs. 10,000 and Rs. 9,000 respectively for physical filing and E-filing.
  7. Applicant’s Affidavit will be required to claim ‘use’: Under the previous rules, it was the Examiner’s discretion to call for Affidavit claiming the use of a particular mark. However, the new Rules have made it mandatory for the Applicant to file an Affidavit along with the supporting evidence to claim use of the mark. Therefore, if an application is to be filed claiming usage in India, an affidavit with evidence of use has to be submitted along with the application.
  8. Sound marks too can now be registered: The new Trademark Rules provide for filing applications for sound marks, which must now be submitted in an MP3 format, not exceeding 30 seconds in length. This is also to be accompanied with a graphical representation of the sound notations. In this regard, the definition of “graphical representation” has also been revised to include representation in digitized form.
  9. Request to enlist as Well Known mark: Under Rule 124, any person can make a request to enlist their mark as a well-known mark along with statement of case, evidence and documents. The fees for the same is Rs.1,00,000/- (around USD 1400).
  10. Reduced Adjournments: Under Rule 50, during an opposition hearing, a party is not entitled to ask for more than two adjournments. This will reduce the time for decision in cases substantially.

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The Myth and the Truth of the IP Address Tracing

Many people are under the misconception that it’s easy to trace the physical location of the computer to which an internet IP address has been assigned and thereby identify the computer’s user.

It’s certainly not easy and depending on who you are it may not even be possible.

An IP or “Internet Protocol” address is the unique number assigned to every device such as a computer on a network so that data can be routed to and from that device and no other. Much like your postal mailing address identifies the physical location of your post box and allows your mail carrier to know where to deliver your mail, a device’s IP address is what allows the internet to know where to send the data destined for your computer.

But while an IP address is like a physical address it’s important to realize that’s not what it actually is.

IP addresses are assigned not based on where you are, but based on where you get your internet connectivity. The IP address that might be assigned to your computer at home might be radically different than the one assigned to your neighbor’s computer next door if you use different ISPs. Even if you used the same ISP there are no rules or practices that would make your IP addresses necessarily appear “close” to one another in any sense, other than the convenience of the ISP.

And yet somehow television and movie dramas would have us believe that given just an IP address a criminal can be located in minutes.

It’s nowhere near that easy.

Publicly available information about an IP address will tell you which ISP is providing that address, and not much else. Some additional information may be available that indicates the general area that an IP address might reside, but that can be as general as telling you only what country it’s in, or perhaps what city but rarely, if ever, anything more specific. Services that claim to be able to pinpoint the location of a specific IP address using only publicly available information are misleading at best.

The ISP holds the key. The ISP that “owns” the IP address that is assigned to your computer also knows where you live. It’s there that they send your bill or hook up the wires. If you’re on dial-up, then in conjunction with the telephone company they know which phone line you’re using to dial in, and once again the phone company knows where that line terminates.

Most ISPs adhere to a strict privacy policy that prevents them from disclosing that information to just anyone. That’s why on your own you may be able to identify the ISP involved and nothing more.

You’ll need help.

This is where the legal system enters into the picture. Police and the courts can, with appropriate cause, request or even demand that the information be provided. Most typically that implies that the law enforcement professionals go to a judge, provide evidence that there is reasonable cause to believe a crime as been committed, at which point the judge issues a court order compelling the ISP to release the information.

If there’s nothing to suggest that a crime has been committed then in theory even law enforcement cannot get the information.

This puts those who are perhaps being victimized by cyberbullying and other online harassment at a disadvantage. It means that as long as the the activity stays “legal”, then there’s little that can be done to trace the offender. Fortunately many locations are putting into place laws that more directly address these situations and which law enforcement can use to trace the offenders.

While it’s certainly important that IP based location information be available when needed, your privacy is also an important concern. Since your computer’s IP address is easily available whenever you use the internet you don’t want someone to randomly locate you by using it.

ISPs and service providers are important gatekeepers of that privacy.

The truth is that yes, an IP address does in fact uniquely identify a computer connection to the internet, and that information can be used to determine a physical location. However the myth is that it’s easy, and it’s not. Important privacy practices prevent that level of detail from being available to the general public; ISPs, service providers and typically law enforcement must be involved.

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What Would an Invasion of North Korea Achieve?

The world awaits a solution to the stand-off over the nuclear missile threat posed by the president of North Korea, Kim Jong-un. His chief opponent is Donald Trump, the newly elected president of the USA. Over the time since his ascension to the top job the North Korean has put the Americans on notice that he will build an inter-continental-ballistic-missile capable of reaching America. It appears that he has achieved that goal.

The question is what will Trump do about it? The crisis has escalated over the last few days because of the anti-American rhetoric and provocation by his foe who is taunting him into making a move by his actions.

The next question is what will the other nations within range also do? The latest test proves that Kim has a capability of reaching as far as Australia and all the nations in a circle of that distance around him. Those most nervous include Japan, South Korea, the Philippines, and even India.

Globally there is a nervousness that will never subside until something major happens. For some 67 years the threat of retaliation by the North against the South and its allies has existed. On 25th June, 1950, an army of 75,000 poured across the 38th parallel and within a week had control of Seoul.

The trigger for the invasion happened, apparently, at the end of World War II when the allies were given control over the peninsula after 35 years of Japanese occupation. It happened that the Soviet Union and the USA were given joint partnership of its administration.

The Communist regime of the USSR fostered the rise of Kim il-Sun in the north to head a communist government. The USA supported Syngman Rhee and a provisional government in the south. The result was catastrophic as the two opposites and their hostile armies faced each other across the 38th parallel.

It was also going to lead to the war and the inclusion of 21 nations who rose to the defence of South Korea. They provided military equipment, armies, and all the necessary side-lines to the defence of South Korea.

By November the Chinese had entered the war on the side of North Korea and therein lies a different tale to what the West expects today. Both China and North Korea have communist led philosophies of rule. It is hard to imagine that one will side against the other. Putin, on the other hand, who inherited the greatly diminished Soviet Union, is openly favouring the dictators who are opposing the USA and the West.

Given Russia’s support of North Korea in the past and the connection between the leaders, Putin and Xi Jinping, one must wonder if the old war is about to begin again. The Chinese President has made frequent trips to Russia and vice-versa in recent months. The last just a few days ago.

Something is cooking and something big will result. What that will be is anyone’s guess but Russia is expanding its forces into the Pacific region. One of its war-ships was spotted off the Australian Coast a couple of weeks ago, although in International waters.

China has made huge inroads into Australia over the last few years and even has a lease on the Port of Darwin. Its people have bought up land and homes here and its investment is a worry for many Australians who see it as a threat to our security. We are not safe and no matter whether the USA invades the North Korean region or not there is something going on that the world holds its breath to discover what it is.

An invasion of that type would be ugly, devastating, and lead directly to a major war between the most powerful nations. The question is are we prepared for it as there may be no winners and nothing good achieved?

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Parenting In A Digital Age

In this digital age, parents play an important role in their children’s behavior. Modeling kindness and good manners online will teach children values. Limit your own media usage and always be available for your children. Hugging and playing with them is more productive compared to simply staring at a screen.

Children learn best through face-to-face communication. Instead of communicating through texting, try to have time for your kids. Quality time spent with your kids help them develop a positive self-concept, trust, and self-confidence. This encourages more family time, healthier eating habits, and better sleep which are critical for children’s health and wellness.

Never use technology as an emotional stabilizer. Media can be very effective in calming kids but children need to be taught how to identify and handle strong emotions such as managing boredom through reading and writing, talking about ways to solve the problem, and finding other approaches for channeling emotions.

Online relationships are part of a typical adolescent development. However, be sure that your kids are behaving appropriately both on the real and online worlds. Always remind them that a platform’s privacy settings do not make things actually private and that images, thoughts, and behaviors shared online will instantly become a part of their digital footprint indefinitely.

Even if they are concerned about the privacy of their personal information online but their identities can be stolen through their use of social media. As a parent, be empathic. Try to handle errors with empathy and turn a mistake into a learning experience and keep your lines open and let them know you’re there if they have questions or concerns.

Most kids complain boredom when we suggest that they turn off their screens. Try to encourage your kids to share their objections when they engage with the 3D world, and then listen without scolding. It’s very important to hear their opinions and then offer a solution that will benefit you both.

Undeniably, these media devices foster social connectivity not only among kids but also among us. We stay connected with our loved ones, stay up to date with the news, and work out our hectic schedules with a few clicks. Everything is just within reach because of the advent of information and communication technology.

Although media and technology are integral in this digital divide, time with family and friends still plays a more important role in promoting children’s learning and healthy development.

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Message From the Universe: I Dream the Dream

“Ah-ha! Found you, didn’t I?

Dreaming you’re human again. Can’t blame you. What a blast! You really know how to craft an adventure! I bet they’ll even name a few bridges, or towns, or ponies after you in a couple hundred years!

Well, sorry to interrupt. As you were. Stay in touch, and be careful not to let all those adventures go to your head. Remember, nine out of ten angels temporarily lose themselves “dreaming human,” because they begin taking everything so seriously.

Tallyho,

The Universe”

Dreams come and go but it is up to us to keep your dream moving forward based on your actions and belief.Anyone can dream big dreams, that’s the easy part. The question is: What are you going to do next? Will you let them pass you by and see them disappear or will you grab them tight and find a way to make them a reality? What are you in the mood to do from this point forward? I am just warning you that it will not be easy. If your dreams aren’t scary you, they are not worth pursuing. However, do not let them intimidate you and push you away from accomplishing them because of fear of success. Work towards making these dreams a reality and do whatever you can to make all of this happen. Harder you work towards your goal, more opportunities will arise to guide you to a better path you had from the get go. Do not worries about the HOW it will happen, just focus on the WHEN it will happen.

Life is filled with surprises and it is important for you to embrace and accept the challenges coming your way on a daily basis. Create your own direction and path in life and keep on walking until you get to destination. If you feel the path you are on isn’t optimal, do not be afraid to go back to the beginning and change your path to a better one. It is NEVER to late to get back to where you started and figure out a better and happier way to live your life. You are not the ONLY person out there that started something and realize this is not your calling in life. It is OK to figure things out later in your life and start something new. You want to live life to the fullest and never live it with regrets. Never bring up questions such as: Should have or would have or why didn’t I or whatever else. If you feel something is odd, just change it and start yourself a new journey to ultimate happiness.

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Search Engine Optimizer (SEO) – Proposed Scope of Work to Use in Hiring an SEO

Are you planning on hiring an SEO but have no idea of how to properly choose one? Here is a proposed Scope of Work that will allow you to engage them in intelligent questions to understand what they will do for your website.

SEO GOALS FOR ESTABLISHMENT OF SCOPE OF WORK:

  1. Improve website visibility on major search engines to improve traffic
  2. Improve website optimization
  3. Improve conversions to their website
  4. To appear in Top 10 rankings on Top 3 search engines in their new market (Google, Yahoo and MSN)
  5. Generate leads from natural search traffic
  6. Drive an increased volume of visitors
  7. Build sustainable long term natural search rankings
  8. Maximize natural search brand visibility
  9. Improve Social Marketing Optimization

CHALLENGES TO EXPECT SEO TO ADDRESS AND ANSWER:

  1. Am I in a niche market or a highly competitive market and what that means
  2. Competitiveness of keywords and real expectations of getting top/first page results
  3. Lack of rankings on search engines, where you are at and where can you go
  4. Un-optimized page titles, tags and copy, what is your current SEO situation
  5. Low link popularity, no page rank, how to build back links
  6. Site Design
  7. Technical issues surrounding website coding, excessive use of java or frames, lack of CSS and use of tables
  8. Mobile Web compatibility and Social Marketing Optimization

SOLUTIONS YOU SHOULD EXPECT TO BE DONE:

  1. Perform an initial site audit to understand the issues the site is facing
  2. Perform a competitive website study and work out a unique search engine optimization and placement strategy to achieve top rankings for the web site
  3. Extensively research keyword phrases, and identify and analyze popular keywords for your website that are most relevant to your specific market demographics that could drive targeted traffic
  4. Review the site’s pages and decided which ones are best for SEO
  5. Work with you to choose which keyword phrases belong on which pages of your site based upon what you know about your product, service or brand
  6. Make site architecture recommendations to ensure that the most important pages of the site would receive the internal link popularity they deserved
  7. Optimize the content of your website in a manner that make it keyword rich as well as easy-to-understand – descriptive language that speaks to your target audience
  8. Optimize each page’s Title and Meta description, Header tags for your targeted keyword phrases, each page will be different specific to the keywords targeted.
  9. Set up Google Analytics and started tracking traffic and conversions on your website

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Who Is Reading What Books?

Have you ever gone into someone’s home or office and looked upon their library to see what kind of books are on the shelf? You can tell much about a person by what books they read. You can also tell a lot about a person by how they dress, how they eat, who they associate with, what they do for a living, etc. Without deliberately trying to find out information, we learn more about people just by observing. In essence, that is how we get to know someone, or get to know someone better. That is also how people are drawn to one another as friends, business associates, etc. When you discover what books they read, that is when you find out what they are thinking.

When I look upon someone’s book collection, I can tell if they like to read the same kind of books I read. Maybe they have read the same book. I think, more than anything else, that I can tell more about a person just by seeing what books they read. If there is someone I want to learn from, I will try to find out what books they are reading. I would love to have seen the library of Thomas Edison, Napoleon Hill, and Donald Trump, just to name a few. Sometimes, the best books we read were books that were recommended by someone. I would love to find out what books everyone on the Forbes 400 has read in the past year. Or I would like to know what books others in my industry are reading.

If you want to be successful at something, look at others who are successful, and do what they are doing. It sounds simple, but here is another way to look at it. Find out what books they are reading, and you will learn what is in their head, what they are thinking about. If you want to learn how to invest, find out what the Wall Street pros are reading. If you want to learn how to invest in real estate, find out what real estate investors are reading. If you want to be inspired to start a business, find out what other business people read. You can even read biographies of people in similar businesses or industries. You will find that successful people in any calling are usually reading biographies, self-help books, and anything else that would inspire motivate and educate.

If someone is looking to lose weight or just get in shape, they would ask people at the gym what books they would recommend. My personal favorite is Live Young Forever by Jack LaLanne. I think a great conversation would be among sports fans discussing some of the best books they have read. I would love to be in that conversation with my pen and pad ready. How great would it be to have Magic Johnson’s top ten recommended books? You would get a double bonus there, since he was an all-star basketball player, as well as a great businessman. With all of this in mind, here is a new conversation starter? “Read any good books lately.”

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Reasons for Making Mobile Marketing Your Priority

In the marketing arena, marketers are always on the lookout for great things that will keep them ahead of their competitors in the market. You do not have to worry anymore because the solution lies in your purse or the pocket. We are living in an era where mobile marketing is bringing forth a tremendous opportunity for marketers to a greater level. Cell phones help the marketer to reach wider audiences in real time and on a personal level, which is a different engagement you cannot find in other communication channels.

Significance of Mobile Marketing to Businesses

According to the recent most statistics, almost all customers own a mobile device. Seventy percent of the customers have a mobile phone, seventy-five percent own a laptop, and fifty-five percent own a tablet. At least seventy percent of this population uses their mobile devices for accessing the internet and not the laptop. With an increase in the population of smartphone users, the number of devices in the world exceeds the current population.

Using the mobile device is the most viable option, and marketers need to make adjustments towards this medium as many users possess these devices. The extensive use of mobile devices among customers is a growing and crucial part of the market. It helps in unlocking the potential held in the massive, captive, expanding, and engaged audience.

Nowadays, many companies are taking the full advantage of this option as it is the new thing in the market. In case your brand is not in mobile marketing, you need to make sure that you get a bandwagon as your competitor will leave you behind. Below are some reasons as to why businesses have to give priority to mobile marketing.

i. Social media offers a platform for adverts

Twitter, Facebook, and other platforms have understood the potential that resides in mobile marketing. They have recognized this potential and have evolved their adverts platforms for you to target mobile customers efficiently. All you need to do is clicking a button to start. This change will take a few minutes if you use social media marketing.

ii. Mobile Advertising Reaches New and Broad Audiences

The number people who are using mobile advertising exclusively are increasing. If your business is not using mobile advertising, then you are not going to reach your target audience and potential customers.

iii. Retailers are Getting Mobile Arrangements Wrongly

The news around nowadays shows how retailers are struggling to keep their profit margins high as a result of poor returns. Most retailers have taken their employees and shareholders by surprise in recent years because of a massive decrease in sales and net profits. Such companies view mobile marketing and e-commerce as an option when they are planning their budget. However, despite the vast opportunities the channel gives, the retailers struggle in investing in mobile marketing which makes them fall into the rat race of dwindling sales and profits.

iv. Mobile Devices are Growing Online Growth

With improving internet infrastructure and escalating smartphone penetration in the world, mobile devices have become a primary method that consumers use as a gateway to accessing the internet. Recent research shows that internet access by use of smartphones is a daily action for more than 83% of all users in the world.

v. Google Advice Retailers to Use Mobile Marketing

The main reason that will make you start mobile advertising is the Google Mobilegeddon update which penalizes websites which have not begun to put mobile marketing into consideration. Your site has to be easy to browse and responsive on mobile devices. In simple terms, your site will get a slap from Google by going down in the search engine ranks. These penalties are getting stricter with time, and your company has to take necessary measures before feeling the impact.

vi. It is Personal

It is hard to get brand close to the audiences when you are doing it behind a computer. Using mobile devices is however different. These devices are special accessories which people carry along at all times. They provide a different physical aspect as compared to other media.

This form of marketing is personalized because it allows retailers get closer to consumers. You will have a high chance of converting these people into high-paying customers. For now, mobile marketing is in the market to stay, and researchers say that it will be gaining momentum as time goes. Businesses and firms that are waiting will find it hard to get on board making them spend a lot of money.

vii. You Have the Chance Of Hitting Them Time and Again

In case your strategy is targeting desktops, you need to put in mind that there is a possibility that your audience is also using mobile devices. Therefore, it might take a few attempts to reach and resonate with customers. In case you miss the laptop chance, use the smartphone to get him/her and convert the viewer.

viii. It is Getting Costlier With Time

Facebook advertising is the best example when looking at what might happen in the event an advertising method has grown in popularity. Costs have continued rising in the recent past for no good reason. However, you might attribute it to the increase in the market competition.

The mobile marketing space is similar; you will have to engage it now or later. It is advisable to do it now because tasting costs are quite affordable than wait for the future when you will have to break the bank before gaining any return.

ix. Mobile Advertising Opens Up Possibilities and Virtual Realities

Including exciting technologies such as virtual reality will make mobile ads more useful and engaging. The vast options show that it is easy to make a profit from this channel. Therefore, you need to understand that there exists an opportunity for all businesses in all industries.

x. Mobile Marketing is Large and Has Taken Charge

Recently mobile advertising had gone back to face to face mode of shopping. When the internet became populous, the mobile has once again hit the market spending a lot by the use of mobile devices. Research says that by 2018, more than 25% of business profits will be coming from mobile devices. Therefore, mobile advertising is a modest way of ensuring you get profit as people are always ready to purchase via their smartphones.

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Make a Small Room Look Larger With Art Wall Decals

If you have a small place there is no reason to stare at plain white walls. Decorating the walls in a smaller living space is often challenging but makes all the difference when creating a cozy space. No matter how small the room is, if it is warm and inviting, it will make friends and family feel right at home. Here are a few tips to make a room look larger with art wall decals.

Choose the right pattern or theme to create the illusion of a bigger space. There are literally a multitude of themes and designs to choose from when decorating the walls in your place. Choose light-colored backgrounds that match with colors in your decals to coordinate the room colors. For example, nature designs with earth colors of green and brown would look good on a wall painted in tan or butterscotch. Match accessory colors to accent colors in the design to complete the look.

Keep the space open by careful furniture placement. Placing furniture in an open design makes a room look bigger. A simple couch and chair in a matching solid color with an accent rug or small table makes a cozy living area for sitting and relaxing with friends.

Choose a pattern or design of art wall decals to match the color and furnishings of the room. Some people like a nature theme with trees and or a modern Art Deco look with odd shapes or bold designs. Large patterns are fine with minimal furnishings and can become the focal point of the room. Place a couple of lovely decorative mirrors where they will reflect the wall scenes to make it appear as if the scene continues into another room adding to the illusion of more space.

Additional decorating tips:

Let functional spaces do double duty if possible. A bookshelf placed in a corner can double as a place to store small trinkets and knick-knacks without cluttering up the space. The right light fixtures can add depth to a room when placed close to a mirror or other reflective surface, the brighter the light the larger the room looks.

Reasons to decorate with decals:

· Decals are not only stylish and attractive, but create a look that is all your own.

· Economical way to decorate because the designs can be removed when you decide it’s time for a change.

· Create a focal point to draw attention away from problem areas such as uneven walls or oddly-shaped corners.

Wall decorations such as decals, stickers or stencils make a space unique and express the owner’s personal style. They are suitable for just about any room in your home, from bedroom to kitchen; decals are a great way to decorate the way you like. Even if your landlord will not let you paint, there is no reason to have boring white walls when art wall decals are so easy to use and remove when you move to a new place.

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