5 European Castles That Are Straight Out Of A Fairytale

Did you spend your childhood dreaming of being a Princess? Feast your eyes on these European castles that are straight out of a fairytale.

Schloss Neuschwanstein in Bavaria, Germany

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Surrounded by a seemingly enchanted forest and perched on a snowy hilltop, Neuschwanstein Castle in Bavaria looks like it is a screen shot from a Disney Movie. As a matter of fact, the castle inspired Disneyland’s iconic Sleeping Beauty Castle.

One of the most modern European castles, Neuschwanstein was built in 1869 as the retreat of Ludwig II of Bavaria. After his death in 1886, this fairytale wonder was opened to the public. It has received approximately 61 million visits in it’s lifetime.

Despite its relatively young age, its romantic architecture and dreamy location make it a must-visit for any wannabe Princess or architecture guru.

The Interior

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The castle is decorated in a classical Medieval style. The interior was heavily decided by Ludwig II himself who had a keen interest in decorating and architecture.

The designs throughout the castle also pay homage to the German legends of Lohengrin. Alongside this, various scenes from the operas of Richard Wagnar inspired murals and decorative borders.

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The bedroom features two murals depicting the legend of Tristan and Isolde.  The two characters are also prominently featured in the rooms wooden carvings and as ceramic tiles on the stove.

The stunning bed is certainly fit for a king and features silk bedding with hand embroidered lions, swans and lilies.

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Chateau De Chambord, France

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Once upon a time, in the Loire Valley, King Francis I built one of the most extravagant hunting lodges in the world. Fast forward 500 years and Chateau de Chambord remains one of the most recognizable castles in Europe.

As a matter of fact, this French wonder even inspired the Beast’s home in the 2017 ‘Beauty and The Beast’ movie.

Chateau de Chambord is a perfect example of French Renaissance architecture and blends traditional French Medieval forms with classic Renaissance elements.

The Interior

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As the largest castle in France, the Chateau de Chombord features a whopping 440 rooms, 282 fireplaces and 84 staircases.

The ground floor consists of reception rooms, the mezzanine level consists of the Royal Houses and the top level is a hunting museum.

The Royal Houses have very lavish interiors, including gilded gold walls, painted murals and chandeliers.

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Balmoral Castle, Scotland

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Scotland may be best known for kilts and haggis, but it’s pretty impressive in the castle scene too!

Balmoral Castle is located in rural Scotland in Aberdeenshire and has acted as residence for the British Royal Family since the mid 1800s. The estate and original castle were purchased by Queen Victoria in 1852 and has since housed Queen Elizabeth II and Prince Phillip.

Despite being known as a castle, Balmoral has the architectural structure of a Victorian country house. It features various architectural styles and influences including Scottish Baronial style and 16th Century French Chateaux.

Interior

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With an estimated price of $500 million, we can only expect that the interior of Balmoral Castle is as stunning as the exterior.

This beautiful dining room combines elements of a classic country lodge with stunning regal details.

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Prague Castle, Czech Republic

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As well as looking straight out of the pages of a fairytale, Prague Castle is reportedly the largest castle on the entire globe. Spanning a huge 70,000 square meters, this castle features an array of eclectic architecture styles.

Prague Castle has elements that were built in 870, some that were built in the 1920s, and everything in between. Due to the construction of the castle spanning 1059 years, it has buildings that represent almost every architectural style from the last Millennium.

The Interior

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Although Prague Castle offers a wide variety of interior styles, this library looks like it has been taken straight out of Beauty and The Beast.

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Do you dream of being a princess for a day? Prague Castle has a variety of suites that visitors can stay in! It is one of the few European castles that offer this service and with decor this grand, how can you say no?

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Hohenwerfen Castle, Austria

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Hohenwerfen Castle certainly proves that the Austrians know how to build the picture perfect fairytale castle!

Situated on a 623 meter hilltop overlooking the small town of Werfen, this castle has the Alps as its stunning backdrop.

The Medieval castle was built in 1075 by the Archbishop Gebhard of Salzburg for war purposes. Since then, it has been used as a hunting lodge, a world war 2 training camp and a prison.

The Interior

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Despite areas of the castle being badly damaged by fire, traditional Medieval interiors can still be viewed by visitors.

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9 Home Decor Mistakes To Avoid Like The Plague

Thought the plague was left in 16th Century London? Make these home decor mistakes and it could be dwelling in your home…

Here’s the home decor mistakes that you need to avoid like the plague.

1.Decorating Each Room As A Separate Entity

Imagine you’re walking into a home and are welcomed by a stunning bohemian-chic living room. You turn the corridor and see a 1920s style chandelier and shabby chic furniture. You walk into the bedroom and see a clean white space with a few modern cream furniture pieces. Confused yet?

Long story short, it’s important to imagine your home as one large book with many chapters. Although each chapter may vary slightly and build on the previous chapter, the overriding themes, characters and narrative voice remain the same.

Decide on an overriding theme, style, or vibe you want for your entire home, then build on this through the different rooms.

Decorate each room randomly and you’re left with a jumbled jigsaw puzzle that doesn’t quite fit together.

If you can’t decide on a home decor theme, check out our handy guide.

The home below has carried the neutral farmhouse theme through various rooms beautifully:

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2. Scrimping On The Details

When you’ve splurged on a large item, it can be tempting to go for the cheapest possible option when it comes to the smaller details. For example, combining $600 curtains with cheap plastic rods, or finishing off your new kitchen cupboards with cheap hardware.

Don’t.

Although you may think the small details go unnoticed, they will make the larger and more expensive pieces seem cheap and nasty.

On the other hand, a quick way to improve your home is by updating small details such as hardware, door knobs, taps and curtain rods.

Imagine how much this stunning marble kitchen would be ruined by cheap hardware…

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3. Wrong Rug Sizes

Pea sized rugs under sofas look utterly ridiculous. On the other hand, there’s nothing worse than a rug that is so huge it swallows up a whole room! A rug may be a relatively cheap decor piece, but choosing the wrong one is one of the most common decor mistakes out there!

If using a rug under a piece of furniture, opt for a rug that is larger than the piece itself. The rug should create an adequate frame around the furniture piece.

A perfect example is this bathroom rug below, which fits perfectly in the space between the bath and sink.

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4. Not Taking Location Into Consideration

A beach style home is going to look ridiculous in the middle of Manhattan. On the contrary, a farm style house is going to look ridiculous decked out like an industrial city pad.

Take your location into consideration and draw inspiration from this.

5. Too Match-y

Although we previously stated to run your theme throughout the whole home, it’s important that your home isn’t too match-y.

Rather than waffling on, we’ll let this photo do the talking:

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Too much of one color, print or texture can be a serious eye soar.

Instead, add a varied palette, accent pieces and different textures to create an eclectic and welcoming look.

Our printed pillow covers are a fantastic way to add variation to any room.

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6. No Prints

Scandinavian minimalism may still be all the rage, but you can still nail this home decor trend with a few prints here and there.

Lack of prints will look boring, clinical and cold. And who wants that?

Here’s a wonderful example of how you can keep your decor minimal but still embrace prints:

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7. All Furniture At The Same Height

Some may think that furniture of the same height together is the way to go. On the contrary, it’s one of the biggest home decor mistakes out there! Furniture on one plane of vision looks flat and an make a room look smaller than it actually is.

Here’s a fantastic example of using different sized furniture to add interest:

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8. Bad Lighting

Even the most Pinterest-worthy room can be totally ruined by bad lighting. Avoid lighting that is insufficient, overly yellow or sickly.

9. Clutter

Clutter is literally the home decor devil!

Although many home owners think of clutter as ‘mess’, clutter can come in more organized forms. Common unsightly clutter includes too many ornaments or decorations, an overkill of photo frames, or simply too much furniture.

Stand back and assess each room and consider if there is enough clean space to keep it chic and tidy.

If you can’t bear to part with anything go by the old mantra ‘out of sight, out of mind’. Check out our hidden storage space ideas.

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How To Create A Gender-Neutral Boho Nursery

A boho nursery is a fantastic idea for parents-to-be who want to decorate their nursery in a gender neutral theme.

Not sure where to start? Here’s our guide to creating a gender-neutral boho nursery…

Create A Gender-Neutral Color Scheme

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Creating a gender-neutral boho nursery is all about avoiding those colors that are stereo-typically associated with gender. Baby pink and lilac are too girly and should be avoided at all costs. On the other hand, baby blue is often associated with boys so we suggest avoiding this color too.

The inspiration photo above is a wonderful example of a gender-neutral color scheme. Beige and neutrals make a perfect basis to add gender-specific colors to once the baby is born.

Deep reds and crimsons add warmth to the room without being associated with a specific gender.

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Orange, white, olive and burnt orange all give that warm, bohemian edge without being gender specific.

For an extra vibrant nursery, add a printed quilt and wicker accessories.

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Unlike baby blue, deep blue is a stunning gender-neutral choice.

When paired with gold and brown, it creates a stunning contrast that will give any nursery that wow factor.

We adore the wallpaper with the woodland creatures.

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Opt For Animal Prints

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Stereotypical nurseries may have car prints for boys and florals for girls, but what prints are gender-neutral?

Animal prints of course!

The innocence and cuteness of animals can be applied to any gender, which makes animal prints a wonderful choice.

Create a safari-themed, boho nursery with a mix of African boho prints and animals such as lions, giraffes and elephants.

Animal prints are the perfect excuse to fill the nursery with stuffed toys too!

Add A Printed Rug

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The best thing about a printed rug is that it is easily interchangeable!

Start by jazzing up your nursery floor with a burnished orange or red table runner or rug. Once the baby is born, you can easily switch it out for something more girly or boyish.

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Go For Statement Lighting

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A statement light is a wonderful way to add a stylish and unique edge to your nursery.

Scandinavian shaped pendants, such as the one in the photo above, will remain stylish whilst your little one is growing up too.

Also, how beautiful do the grey and white chevron prints look in the white crib?

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Add An Element Of Wanderlust With An Accent Wall

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An accent wall with mountains or a bohemian print is a fantastic option for a gender-neutral nursery.

As a matter of fact, the more statement the wall is, the plainer you can leave the rest of the nursery!

Add Printed Accessories

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Boho printed accessories are a fantastic way to add detail to any nursery.

Geometric prints such as triangles are incredibly gender neutral and can be reused in other rooms once your child grows up.

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Bathroom Decor Crush: The Black Bath Tub

When my partner and I decided to renovate our bathroom, we found ourselves set on one thing: a black bath tub.

Why?

A white bathtub is about as boring and predictable as the Queen’s Christmas speech (sorry Lizzie).

On the other hand, a black bathtub has the same sort of chic nonchalance as a piccolo latte or a marble-topped table. It’s modern, yet its totally versatile and is suited to both Scandinavian and bohemian style bathroom decor.

It’s the kind of thing that my parents would roll their eyes at, but my friends would drool over.

Waffling aside, here’s all the styling inspiration you need if you are considering a black bath tub.

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Black baths are a wonderful addition to minimalist and monochrome bathroom set-ups.

The mix of subway tiles on the wall and hexagonal matte tiles on the floor add depth and detail to the room. The white basins and wooden vanity top stop the bathroom from looking too dark and grungy. I love.

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Surprisingly, a black bath tub is a wonderful choice who those who prefer their decor on the hippy side of the spectrum.

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Add one of our printed table runners to your bathroom floor for a colorful, bohemian edge. The green tissue box cover will work wonderfully alongside live greenery too.

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If industrialism and bohemian were actual people (bear with me here) and had a child, this is what it would look like.

An undone floor and walls set the scene perfectly for those exposed copper pipes.

The matte black bathtub and boho printed rug are complimentary oxymorons.

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A boho print table cloth or table runner can add the hippy edge to any raw, industrial floor.

Hand painted floral table cloth

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The entire-white upper-half of this set-up makes it a bright and breezy way to incorporate a monochrome bathroom.

White hexagonal tiles scream Scandi chic, whilst a dark slate floor ties the black and white elements together seamlessly.

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This bathroom is cute, simple and has more of a tropical edge than many of the other monochrome bathrooms.

The wooden stool and plantpot take it from minimal to beachy. The tasseled, beach rug adds to the resort vibes perfectly.

Note to self: must get subway tiles in bathroom. **Insert endless heart eye emojis**

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This hawthorn leaf table runner will soften any monochrome Scandi bathroom.

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Moroccan-style tiled floors can be beautifully set off by a black bath tub.

Compliment brown tones in the floor with a deep wooden vanity and keep the walls light and bright.

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Subway tiles win again! This makes me think there’s some sort of magical equation: subway tiles + black tub= ultimate Scandi chic.

The bath shelf with the potted plant and stool softens this monochrome look, making it a wonderful choice for a beach themed home.

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If the retro printed floor is too much for you, opt for a grey printed runner, such as our jacquard paisley table runner.

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I often spend my days dreaming of indoor-outdoor bathrooms, so I know that this gorgeous setup will be haunting my dreams tonight!

This decor is sleek, chic and free from patterns. The wooden vanity and plain floor make it a bathroom that will never go out of style.

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Well this puts the a in ‘adorable’!

Beachy, tropical and just generally stunning, this leafy bathroom feels like a getaway to some sort of swanky, Balinese resort.

The exposed brick wall and floor ensure that the beautiful curtained black bath is the talking point. The splashes of light wood keep it clean and Summery.

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Add the shimmering spiral placemats to any unsightly surfaces for an instant makeover!

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Once again, greenery and a boho printed rug make this decor a wonderful choice for boho homes.

My eyes are firmly planted on that shiny gold curtain rod and globe light: too gorgeous!

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Wine and navy hues look wonderful on white tiles!

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10 Sleek and Chic Ways To Use Gold Decor

Copper may still be ruling the ranks in the metallic trend, but gold decor is forever.

Metallic accents are a great way to add depth and dimension to any room in your home. Although you may be yearning for copper, chances are that in ten years times, it will be more dated than 80s chintz. On the other hand, gold has been a popular interior choice since the Ancient Egyptian times. Long story short: gold is a trend that is timeless.

Today we show you ten stunning ways to decorate with gold that will give your home a stunning and on-trend edge.

1. Gold Tapware

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For decades, silver has been our go-to hue for tapwares, shower heads and other bathroom goods. Despite this, there is something so stylish and eye-catching about gold tapware.

When paired with dark tiles or a statement pattern, gold tapware has a bohemian elegance that makes it a quirky and beautiful choice for any bathroom.

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Alternatively, gold tapware is perfect for a Scandinavian minimalist style bathroom. The combination of subway tiles, gold tapware and marble gives our inner-minimalist literal heart eyes.

2. Statement Gold Pendant & Pillow Covers

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A monochrome living room can be given a stunning modern edge with the clever addition of gold accessories.

The statement pendant light, gold pillow cushions, table and photo frame break up the greyscale decor and blend in the wooden floor.

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3. Green and Gold

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If you are looking to decorate with gold in your living room, green may just be the way to go!

Although this combination may seem quintessentially ‘Christmas’, deep jungle greens and splashes of gold decor are a match made in tropical heaven.

Opt for deep, cool-toned greens such as emerald and teal to stop it from screaming ‘ho ho ho’.

4. Princess Dresser

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Every woman has an inner-Disney Princess waiting to come out and this regal dresser allows her to indulge in her childhood dreams.

A gilded gold mirror is perfectly modernized by a pin-leg dresser and sleek, golden chair. This sleek setup is sure to make her feel like the queen she is.

5. Cream & Gold Kitchen

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This kitchen is a perfect example of how items that seem so ‘wrong’ can be right in certain circumstances.

The thought of quilted chairs in a kitchen is enough to make us cringe. Despite this, in this creamy dreamy setup, they totally work! A glass table is a fantastic addition to the shiny gold and the statement printed rug and gold canvas pulls it all together perfectly.

Yes, it may be a little ‘Vegas’, but we love it!

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6. Desert Chic

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The sleek and stunning desert trend is driving home decor junkies wild this Autumn/Winter! With oodles of gold decor and leafy cactus prints, we are totally on the  bandwagon with this one!

A minimalist palette is given an edge of endless Summer with a cadet blue Summer and live greenery. It is given a classy edge with a mix of high-sheen and matte gold pieces.

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7. Texture Clash

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Gold decor pieces will feel right at home in bohemian style bedrooms.

A glitzy gold bed runner or throw will make a stunning contrast to macrame or delicately textured cream bedding.

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8. Moroccan Style Bedroom

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When it comes to Moroccan style decor, feel free to mix elements of gold and silver.

Contrast highly detailed pieces, such as this carved head board, with solid metallic accents. Compliment with gold-beige pillow covers or throw.

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9. Modern Indian Living Room

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Gold to Indian Decor is like white to Swedish decor, so indulge in it!

Uplift a white wall with a gold mandala throw. Add a rug with soft golden embroidery to compliment without being too over the top.

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10. Sleek & Slim

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Very fine and sleek gold furniture is huge right now! Add a hint of gold decor to your living room with a slim photo frame or metal-edged shelving unit.

 

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