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Bird Flight Inspires Interior Decorating

We commonly draw from nature and the animal kingdom to inspire both interior decorating and design, but today we’re not talking about zebra-print accent chairs and paintings of panthers on velvet canvas. A <a title="Nature " href="http://www.nature.com/nature/journal/v505/n7483/full/nature12939.html" target="_blank">new study</a> published in the journal <em>Nature</em> confirms that birds fly in V formations to improve aerodynamics and conserve energy, but for whatever reason they failed to mention how this can inspire decorating in a more efficient way. Silly scientists! Survival is paramount for animals not of the human variety. It drives every waking movement, and over the course of millennia it forms into rigid habits we call instinct. They’re like spies out of a Jason Bourne movie – they’re hyper-alert about their surroundings and know how to maneuver through their environments almost without thinking. The question: What if we were like this? A better question: How do we create a home environment that allows for it? <strong>1. Know your heavy traffic routes.</strong> Sometimes whimsy gets in the way of common sense and there’s nothing wrong with that – except when it takes the shape of a couch that cuts off the path between the kitchen and the closest bathroom. While it’s true that we aren’t swallows winging our way back to Capistrano, considering how we move through and within rooms isn’t a limitation – it’s a tool you can use to sharpen your interior design and decorating skills. <strong>2. Remove obstacles by creating space for them.</strong> Birds in V formation fight the wind by alternating flapping speeds with the birds in front and behind them to create what the study calls “upwash exploitation” – a fancy way to describe how birds use the wind to their advantage by creating space for it to flow through the formation and bear them up. We can do the same in our homes by creating space for items that contribute to clutter. The trick is to make those spaces easily accessible. Are there always toys in the living room? Maybe an elegant steamer trunk or a <a title="Storage Ottomans" href="http://www.atgstores.com/storage-ottomans_1006_oa4162663.html?linkloc=catheader&amp;gpid=550145" target="_blank">storage ottoman</a> could act as a storage spot that hides in plain sight. <strong>3. Use teamwork and collaborate.</strong> This holds true no matter a person's living situation. Seeking out the opinions of friends and family – not to mention a home improvement blog here and there – is a great way to get décor and design ideas. <a title="ATG Stores Homepage" href="http://www.atgstores.com/default.aspx" target="_blank">ATGStores.com</a> hopes you find inspiration that helps you create a living space that makes relaxing second nature.
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