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A Guide on Interior Design: 27 Types of Rooms

Congratulations, you’ve bought your very first home! All that planning and saving has finally paid off, and you’re ready to move into your dream house. But, first, you need to decide what goes where, and for that, you need to have a general idea of what types of rooms you may find in your home.

Ultimately, since furnishing and decorating take time and plenty of inspiration, learning about different types of rooms will without a doubt make your project a lot easier, and all the more fun! So, in this article, you’ll not only find a complete list of rooms but also what type of furniture typically goes in them.

Most Common Types of Rooms Found in a Home

Not every home is built the same. But that’s what makes them great! Some homes are small with a common layout (foyer, living room, kitchen, bathroom, and bedroom), whereas others have additional rooms with no specific purpose.

Regardless of which kind you live in, here are the most common types of rooms found in every home.

1. Foyer

Foyer

Every home has a foyer or an entrance hall. Even apartments. Some may be small, and connected to the living area, whereas others can be quite large. Namely, most people tend to overlook this room, seeing as it’s not a living area or bedroom.

However, a foyer is an incredibly important part of your home. It’s the first thing someone will see when they come in, and it’s meant to hold some of your everyday belongings such as car keys and wallet.

In most foyers, you will typically find the following:

• Mirror

• Umbrella stand

• Coat rack

• A table for your personal belongings

• A shelf for your shoes

More spacious foyers can also have a built-in closet or bench where you can sit down to take your shoes off. Also, depending on the size of the room, there could also be a small table with decorations on it to brighten up the entrance area.

2. Living Room

Living Room

The living room is the heart of your home. It’s where you spend the most time with your family, and create the fondest of memories. Furthermore, your living room will most likely serve as a reception area where friends and family can gather once they enter your home.

A living room can be located anywhere in your house. But more often than not, it’s the room you enter right after stepping out of the foyer.

Typically, every living room will have:

• A sofa and some armchairs

• A coffee table

• Carpeting

• Wall decor and/or mirrors

• A TV

3. Dining Room

Dining Room

A dining room is where most meals will take place. This is the place where your entire family can enjoy a hearty meal, and it’s also a great space for formal gatherings with several guests.

Dining rooms are typically situated between the kitchen and living room, but this will vary from home to home.

Every dining room should be equipped with a large table, chairs, and proper lighting. Some are incredibly lavish with large tables and chairs, whereas others can be small and cozy. But regardless of how large your dining room is, this is a room that’s meant to bring your family together.

4. Kitchen

Kitchen

Every home has a kitchen, regardless of how big or small it is. In fact, some people consider this to be the heart of the home, seeing as we need food to survive.

The kitchen is most often located beside the dining room, as it’s practical to keep these types of rooms next to each other. As for its location within the house, it could be situated either in the front or way at the back.

Every kitchen should have the following necessities:

• Oven

• Refridgerator

• Sink

• Counters

• Hanging cabinets

If you have a larger kitchen, it could also have:

• a built-in dishwasher

• hanging wine glass rack

• wine refrigerator

• microwave

• other kitchen appliances

Some kitchens will also have an island which is the perfect additional chopping area, as well as a great snacking space.

5. Master Bedroom

Bedroom

Your bedroom is your safe haven after a long day at work. It’s where you can finally change into your comfy pajamas and get some well-deserved rest.

Obviously, the size of your bedroom will depend on the overall size of your home. However, small ones should be able to fit at least a queen-sized bed and a clothing rack or small dresser for your clothes.

Mid-sized and large bedrooms can accommodate end-tables, bedside lamps, larger dressers, a vanity table, floor-length mirror, etc. Some master bedrooms will have their own bathroom and a walk-in closet.

But regardless, the main accessory every bedroom needs to have is a comfy bed.

6. Kid’s Bedroom

Master Bedroom

Most couples with children will purchase a home depending on whether it has a kid’s bedroom. This is where your children will spend most of their time, which is why this room needs to be equipped with all the necessities including:

• A bed (or beds depending on how many children you have)

• Desk

• Carpet

• Toybox (for small children)

• Computer (for older kids)

• Desk lamp

• Dresser

Typically, a kid’s room will be smaller than a master bedroom. However, if you have more than one child, you may want to give them more space. Some children will prefer to sleep in bunk beds which is a real space-saver. But if your children are several years apart in age, they’ll likely want separate beds.

Just like with master bedrooms, some kid’s bedrooms will have their own bathroom and a walk-in closet.

7. Bathroom

Kid’s Bedroom

Every home has at least one full bathroom. This room should have a shower, toilet, and sink. But typically, the larger the home, the more additional bathrooms it will have.

For example, you could have a master bathroom that your family will use, and you can also have a guest bathroom or half-bathroom. It’s also quite common to have a separate bathroom within your bedroom.

Obviously, if you live in a smaller space, then it’s safe to assume that your bathroom will contain only the necessary amenities.

However, some people like their bathrooms fully equipped with a large bathtub, spacious shower, heated floors, and a bidet. Although, some modern toilets will have a bidet included, in which case there’s no need to purchase one separately.

8. Walk-in Closet

Walk-in Closet

Not every home has a walk-in closet, however, this type of room is incredibly useful. Instead of having to install closets and shelves in your bedroom, a walk-in closet allows you to place your entire wardrobe in one separate room. This makes it easy to organize your clothes, and if you have enough space, you could even keep your shoes in there.

Some women will even add a vanity table and a few full-length mirrors to make the room appear larger.

9. Linen Closet

Linen Closet

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If you’ve accumulated an impressive collection of bed sheets, towels, and tablecloths over the years, a closet can help you keep these items organized. Linen closets are small types of rooms with deep shelves. Most linen closets don’t have space for you to walk inside, however, larger homes can have a walk-in linen closet.

10. Pantry

Pantry

Pantries are types of rooms that are usually small, yet incredibly useful. If you’re someone who likes to cook, then you probably like to stock up on ingredients. That’s where a pantry comes in handy.

If you have a large pantry, you can also use it to stash away your extra pots and pans as well as any kitchen gadgets that you don’t use often.
Furthermore, large pantries are a great place to keep your freezer or an additional refrigerator.

But even if you have a pantry that’s the size of a broom cupboard, you can still turn it into a functional space. All you have to do is install some shelves, and add a few hooks here and there.

11. Laundry Room

Laundry Room

Nowadays, most homes will have a laundry room. It’s a good thing, too, as keeping your washing machine and dryer in your bathroom can take up a lot of space. These types of rooms can be located in the main part of your home, or in the basement.

Every laundry room should have a washer and dryer, as well as a folding table where you can easily fold your laundry. If there’s enough space, you could also add an ironing station.

Furthermore, a laundry room should have a cabinet or shelves where you can store your detergent.

Some homes will have a laundry chute somewhere in the house where family members can place their dirty clothes. The laundry will then end up in the laundry room.

12. Garage

Garage

While a garage isn’t exactly considered a room, it still is a space within your home. You can use your garage as just a space to park your car, but most people also like to keep their outdoor equipment and spare tires in there.

It’s a good idea to add a few strategically placed shelves in your garage to act as a storage unit.

13. Basement

Basement

Unless you live in an apartment, your home will likely have a basement. The great thing about a basement is that it doesn’t have an exact purpose, which means you can turn it into anything you like.

For example, you can turn your basement into a poker room or a tiki bar. Most people will turn their basement into a game room or a lounging area. But even if you don’t have a lot of space to work with, you can always add a big-screen TV, a small refrigerator, and a comfy couch to create a simple lounging area.

14. Attic

Attic

Like a basement, an attic doesn’t have a specific purpose. Most people tend to use this space to store their holiday decorations, photo albums, and objects that they don’t really use anymore but don’t want to throw away.

However, there is so much more you can do with an attic considering how large these types of rooms are. For example, you could turn it into a large bedroom. Or, if you have children, you can make them a large playroom up there. You could even turn it into a walk-in closet if you don’t have one in your home.

But even if you want to use your attic just to store away your items, installing some shelving units will keep everything organized.

Less Common Types of Rooms Found in a Home

15. Nursery

Nursery

A nursery is a place where mothers can nurse their children in privacy. Unfortunately, most homes aren’t equipped with nurseries, which is why homeowners will typically opt to DIY this type of room.

Essentially, nurseries are dedicated to the care of small children and babies which is why these types of rooms are typically small. But, some people prefer mid-sized or large nurseries that they can later turn into a kid’s room.

A nursery is usually equipped with:

• A crib

• A rocking chair

• Carpet

• Changing table

16. Guest Bedroom

Guest Bedroom

Not all homes have guest bedrooms. Guest rooms are dedicated to friends and family members who are spending the night in your home. More often than not, a guest bedroom is actually a spare room with no purpose that you can turn into whatever you like.

These types of rooms are typically small and will contain only a bed and possibly end tables and a small dresser. Some guest bedrooms, however, will have their own bathroom included.

17. Sunroom

sunroom

Sunrooms are highly versatile types of rooms. They can be used to lounge, entertain guests, and enjoy the outdoors. The main advantage of having a sunroom is that you can keep bugs, mosquitos, and other insects from getting in while you’re soaking up the sun.

Furthermore, it’s a great place to relax and listen to the gentle sound of the rain.

A sunroom will usually be located at the back of the house, or possibly at the side. Furthermore, a backyard patio can also be used as a sunroom. Typically, a wood or brick base will support the plastic or glass panels, and screens or sliding glass doors could also be installed. This will allow fresh air inside.

Overall, a sunroom will usually have a couch, plenty of cushions, and a coffee table. The rest is completely up to your personal preference.

18. Home Office

Home Office

Nowadays, a home with an office is almost like a necessity. All you need is a desk and a chair, and your office is complete.

However, just like with some of the other less common rooms on this list, it’s up to you to decide which accessories and furniture to add to your office.

For example, if you like spending your free time there, you can opt to add a couch or recliner, TV, radio, etc.

Types of Rooms: Turning Your Spare Room Into a Fun Space

The following types of rooms aren’t found in typical homes (unless you specifically ask them to be made). This is a list of ideas for what to do with a spare room.

19. Music Room

Music Room

A music room is a great addition to a home if your family is musically inclined. These types of rooms are used for practicing music, and the interior of this room is dependent on your personal preference.

When it comes to personalizing this space, you will likely need some of the following:

• Guitar stand (if you have a guitar)

• At least one chair

• Shelves for sheet music

• A microphone stand

Keep in mind that the accessories and decorations within your music room will depend on the instrument you’re playing.

But regardless, a quality music room should have soundproof panels. These will keep any outside noise from entering the room.

Furthermore, soundproof panels will keep the music contained within the room.

20. Home Theatre

Home Theatre

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It’s safe to say that every family would love to have a home theatre. But the good news is that anyone can have one. Homes aren’t typically equipped with these types of rooms, but you can easily turn even a small spare room into a home theatre.

This will not only make an amazing movie-going experience, but it will also increase the market value of your home.

A basic home theatre should have:

• A big-screen TV or projector

• Comfortable seating

• The proper lighting

But if you have a lot of space to work with, then you can also add a snack bar. As for the decorations, you could add a few movies posters to create an authentic movie-going experience.

If you’re opting for a big-screen TV, make sure to purchase some backlights as they will enhance the overall ambiance.

21. Game Room

Game Room

A game room is a fun addition to every home. Regardless of whether you have children, this room can be a place where you can invite over your friends and family for an exciting game night.

Depending on your preferences, you can create a game room for board games, a pool table parlor, or a retro pinball game room.

On the other hand, if you or another family member are avid gamers, you could dedicate this room to just a computer gaming room.

These types of rooms require only a desk for your computer and a comfy chair which doesn’t take up a lot of space.

22. Library

Library

A library is every bookworm’s dream room. Some will opt to have a custom-made library, whereas if you’re on a tight budget, it’s quite simple to build one on your own. All you need is a spare room.

Typically, a library will have shelves, reading lamps, and a cozy chair to read on. However, it’s completely up to you to decide whether you want to make a classic-looking library or a more modern one.

For example, if you were to go for a modern look, instead of an armchair or couch, you could opt to add a few bean bags. Furthermore, you could install some invisible bookshelves to make the room a bit more interesting.

23. Home Gym

Home Gym

Most people will keep their gym equipment all around the house. But wouldn’t it be better to make a separate room where you can exercise in peace?

All you need is your regular gym equipment (whatever you already have) some yoga mats (if you’re planning on doing floor exercises), and something to distract you while you exercise. This could be a TV or a radio.

If you have additional space, you could also add a towel rack, and possibly a bin where you can toss your clothes after your workout.

24. Plant Room

Plant Room

If you’re a plant-lover, then a plant room is just the thing you need. You can basically turn any room in your home into a plant room, just as long as it has plenty of natural light.

Also, make sure you pay attention to how the light moves around the room throughout the day taking note of which areas remain in the dark. You should also keep this room at a specific temperature according to the requirements of each plant.

25. Pet Haven

Pet Haven

If you love your pet and treat it like a member of your family, then it’s only normal to give it a room of its own. For example, cats love to roam around and jump on furniture, so why not create a cat playground in your spare room?

If you have a dog, on the other hand, you could fill the room with its favorite toys, and a comfy bed.

Fish and other caged pets would also benefit from having a dedicated room, although you won’t have to add much to their space.

26. Craft Room

Craft Room

To be fair, most people tend to make crafts in their living rooms or even in the kitchen. However, if you have a spare room at your disposal, turning it into a craft room is truly an A+ idea!

Ultimately, if you’re a “crafter”, then you know the importance of maintaining a clean and organized workspace. The best part is that you can easily turn any room into the perfect craft space where you can let your creative juices flow.

The most important things you will need are a desk and plenty of shelves and boxes to keep your craft materials in. Depending on how much room you have, you can opt to add a comfy sofa or armchair where you can lounge while you’re taking a break from your project.

27. Combined Room

Combined Room

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Obviously, not all homes are the same size. If you have a larger space, then it’s safe to assume that you may have more than one spare room at your disposal. However, for smaller spaces, having even one spare room can be considered a luxury. So, how do you decide what to do with that one room?

Ultimately, creating a combined room could be just the thing you need. For example, this room could be dedicated to several things:

• Gym equipment

• Arts and crafts

• Plants

• Books

• Games

• Musical instruments

These types of rooms are also known as recreational rooms and they don’t have just one purpose.

Types of Rooms: What If You Live in a Small Home?

Sometimes, you have to take things into your own hands. If you move into a home that has limited space, there are a few things you can do to turn things around.

For example, if your home has both a kitchen and a dining room, you may want to combine the two. Instead of dedicating an entire room to just a dining area, place the table in your kitchen. This will allow you to utilize the dining room any way you see fit.

Or, if you have a spacious basement, but you can’t decide what to use this room for, you should consider dividing it up into one or more smaller rooms. This will allow you to use the basement for several different purposes.

Also, if you don’t have a laundry room, but you have limited space in your bathroom for a washer and dryer, you can easily turn a part of your basement into a laundry room.

Learning about what types of rooms you can find in a home can do wonders to help you turn it into a functional space.

Regardless of whether you have a lot of room to work with, or you live in a small space, there is a lot you can do if you put your mind to it. This list is meant to give you an idea of the types of rooms you can find in a home, but also to inspire you to turn it into the perfect living space.

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18 Famous Spanish Songs for Your Playlist

At the moment, there are more than 500 million Spanish speakers in the world, making it one of the most widely used languages. The fact that Spanish is so widespread is best seen in all the music sung in this language that has managed to cross linguistic barriers.

Today, there are dozens of famous Spanish songs most people in the world know even if they don’t speak the language.

If you are learning Spanish and need a hand or if you just need some Latin bangers for your playlist, keep reading. You will find the most famous Spanish songs below.

18 Famous Spanish Songs for Your Playlist

1. Amor Prohibido by Selena

It is only fitting to begin the list of the most famous Spanish songs with a song by the queen of Spanish music: Selena Quintanilla.

The tragically deceased singer-songwriter was one of the most celebrated and respected Mexican-American performers of the 20th century. Her legacy lives on even today through her music and all the lives that she has touched.

This song has a rather sweet backstory. Namely, Selena wrote it about her grandparents. They belonged to different social classes and couldn’t be together because of that. Still, love prevailed in the end, and Selena celebrated it with this cute tribute.

2. Despacito by Lusi Fonsi and Daddy Yankee

This banger was the most prominent part of 2017 when it comes to pop music. It broke every sales record for a Spanish song in the history of the Billboard charts and made Luis Fonsi a superstar all around the globe.

What captivated most people when it comes to this song are its irresistible beat and the raunchy lyrics. A lot of people really enjoyed the video as well, seeing as it is one of the most-watched videos in Youtube history.

3. Me Enamoré by Shakira

The Colombian superstar was one of the first artists to cross into the English-dominated pop field in the US and find great success. Today, her catalog contains some of the most famous Spanish songs in the world.

This song is a sweet love letter to the singer’s husband and her way of telling the world that she is head over heels in love. Still, the song is great to dance to as it combines pop elements with the Latin vibe perfectly.

4. La Camisa Negra by Juanes

Ever since it came out fifteen years ago, La Camisa Negra has been one of the biggest Spanish hits in the world. Juanes wrote this banger taking inspiration from classic rock and Colombian music.

However, there was a lot of controversy surrounding this song, especially in Italy. Namely, neo-fascists used it to promote their agenda in the country, as the song’s title translates to The Black Shirt.

Juanes strongly rejected this message and refused to acknowledge the efforts of the far-right group. Still, many people refused to play or listen to the song due to this situation.

5. Gasolina by Daddy Yankee

Gasolina is a reggaeton hit that is a staple of every party playlist in the world. This song is the first reggaeton song to receive a Latin Grammy nomination, and it popularized the genre immensely.

In 2015, Billboard named it as the ninth-best Latin song of all time. Gasolina remains one of the best-selling and most famous Spanish songs worldwide.

6. Obsesión by Aventura

Aventura is a Dominican-American bachata band, and Obsesión was its breakout hit in the US and Europe. Though the song was extremely popular in the US and UK, interestingly enough, it was most successful in France.

There, it is in the top twenty best-selling singles in the 21st century, selling more than 400,000 copies.

The band translated the song into English and subsequently released that version as well. However, people continued gravitating towards the original. The lyrics are quite straightforward, depicting a man’s love for a woman that borders on obsession.

7. De Música Ligera by Soda Stereo

The Argentinian rock band Soda Stereo released this song in 1990 as a part of its fifth studio album. The song became an instant hit, and people consider it to be the ultimate Spanish rock anthem.

The band revealed that their aim was to combine rock instrumentation with light but ambiguous lyrics. They certainly did something right, as this song is their biggest hit and the one that they closed their farewell tour with.

8. Bailando by Enrique Iglesias, Descemer Bueno & Gente De Zona

No list of Spanish hits is complete without at least one song by Enrique Iglesias. The song topped US Latin charts for a whopping number of 41 weeks and is one of the most streamed and best-selling Spanish songs of all time.

It is, without any doubt, Enrique’s biggest hit to date. That is saying a lot since he has been releasing hit after hit for almost two decades now.

9. Rebelde by RBD

Released in 2004, Rebelde is a pop-rock banger that launched the career of the Mexican band RBD. Many consider it to be the band’s signature song, as RBD is actually short for Rebelde (Rebel).

The song resonated with teenagers and the younger population in general, tackling subjects relevant for that demographic. It topped charts all around Latin America and saw big success in Europe as well.

10. La Tortura by Shakira and Alejandro Sanz

If you listened to the radio during the 2000s, you surely know this song as it was one of the biggest hits of the period. The song combines influences from classic pop and reggaeton, and it tells a story of a woman rejecting her cheating lover’s apologies and moving on.

La Tortura is one of the best-selling Spanish songs of all time, selling 2 million copies in the US alone. It won two Latin Grammy awards, and it topped charts all around the world, showing that language barriers mean nothing when people just enjoy the music.

11. La Maza by Silvio Rodriguez

Released in 1982, this song is one of Silvio Rodriguez’s biggest hits. He is one of the biggest artists Latin America has ever had, and his songwriting prowess remains unmatched even today. The song is a celebration of Cuban music, and it is most famous for its deep and symbolic lyrics.

12. Amigo by Roberto Carlos

In the music world, Roberto Carlos is famous as the King of Latin Music. He has sold more than 120 million records worldwide, which puts him right next to the music industry’s biggest legends.

Amigo is one of Carlos’ biggest hits, and it is one of the most famous Spanish songs ever. Its popularity was so high that the Mexican government used it to greet Pope John Paul II when he visited the country in the 1970s.

13. Bamboleo by Gypsy Kings

Bamboleo is the biggest hit of Gitano-Ffrench band Gypsy Kings. The word translates into sway or wobble, and the song itself is great to dance to. The hit samples the Venezuelan hit Caballo Viejo by Simón Díaz.

Bamboleo has been one of the most influential Spanish songs in terms of beat and music style. In addition, many famous musicians have covered the song, including Julio Iglesias and Celia Cruz.

14. Livin La Vida Loca by Ricky Martin

Many see Ricky Martin’s music in general and this song in particular as the turning point in the Latin music crossover into the US pop scene. He, according to critics, paved the way for other artists, including Enrique Iglesias, Marc Anthony, and Shakira to become as successful as they are.

This song has an English and Spanish version, and both are extremely popular and have hundreds of millions of youtube and Spotify streams. Across all versions, Livin La Vida Loca is one of the best-selling singles of all time worldwide.

15. Ahora Quien by Marc Anthony

This song is one of the most famous and heartbreaking breakup songs in Spanish. It topped the Billboard Latin charts for weeks and became a contemporary classic within a year of its release. Although it is not Anthony’s biggest hit, it remains a fan favorite to this day.

16. Corazon Partió by Alejandro Sanz

Flamenco and pop have always been a good combination. However, no one has capitalized on that as much as Alejandro Sanz. He took this mix to a whole new level with this soft banger that won the hearts of listeners all around the world.

17. Danza Kuduro by Don Omar and Lucenzo

This song is a delicious blend of reggaeton and African beats. It ruled charts all around the world for months in 2011. It mixes Spanish and bits of Portuguese. Subsequent versions in other languages by different artists came out as well, including Brazilian and English.

18. Un Buen Perdedor by Franco De Vita

Latin music proves that balladeers singing heartfelt lyrics can steal the hearts of everyone listening time and time again. No one proves that as well as Franco de Vita. His songs and voice dominated the 70s and 80s Latin music scene.

His songs delved deep into personal issues and explored relationships and love. He did so in a way younger audiences at the time could easily relate to. Un Buen Perdedor did that better than any other song of its time, and it is Franco’s biggest hit. Today, it is one of the most famous Spanish songs of all time.

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How to Write a Song for Beginners: 10 Simple Steps

Writing a song can be difficult and frustrating to the point where it has you scratching your head and wondering how singer-songwriters can craft an entire album. Do you have a bad case of songwriting mental block? Here are ten simple steps to learn how to write a song for beginners.

What Are the Elements of a Song?

Elements

Songs usually consist of verses, a chorus, an intro, an outro, a breakdown, a bridge, a pre-chorus, and sometimes a drop. A chorus is the repeated primary phrase of a song, while the verses are recurrent melodies with different accompanying lyrics.

An intro and an outro are the first and last musical phrases, respectively, often unique to the rest of the song.

The breakdown occurs when a particular instrument drops out or has a solo section, while the bridge is a phrase of music that contrasts with the rest of the piece and is typically used to evoke emotion.

A pre-chorus is the concise phrase used to connect the verses to the chorus, and the drop is a section of the song with a drastic, sudden change in rhythmic structure.

Where to Begin

Begin

Whether to begin with writing music or lyrics depends on which you find most inspiring. In this article, we lean toward writing your lyrics first but encourage you to make minor rearrangements to the steps as you see fit. Regardless, it is essential to compose the music using your main chordal instrument, like a guitar or piano.

If you are using a pre-made backing track, be aware of the existing sentiments, structures, and sounds you’ll need to incorporate.

Step 1: Inspiration

Any great song begins with the artist creating “raw” material while experimenting with different ideas, inspirations, music, and lyrics. A key to any memorable song is choosing a subject matter that speaks to you, and your audience finds relatable.

If experiencing a mental block, it can be helpful to find inspiration through analyzing your favorite songs.

Step 2: Find a Title

The next step is to craft a descriptive title that acts as a hook, capturing the audience’s attention right away. The title should summarize the subject and be between one and six words. When brainstorming, think of exciting phrases, suggestions, and questions.

Overall, the title should define the piece’s focal point, therefore heavily influencing the remainder of the songwriting process.

Step 3: Ask Questions

After determining your inspiring subject matter, exciting title, and general focus, the next step is to ask questions. Questions concerning emotions, situations, themes, messages, and intentions are fantastic aids to delve into the details of the issue.

Great questions should relate to the title and further inspire you, giving you specific directions to go in.

Step 4: Decide on a Song Structure

Determining a song structure as a way to define boundaries is a crucial step in the creation process. Every song doesn’t contain all of the song elements discussed earlier. One of the most common structures in pop music is verse, chorus, verse, bridge, chorus, and maybe a good starting point for your project.

While it isn’t necessary to compose the music at this stage, remember that your structure will need to lend itself to an identifiable melody.

Step 5: Write Your Chorus

Chorus

First, you should work on your chorus, as it is the most repetitive and critical phrase in your music. Great lyrics are catchy and involve a unique rhythm structure. Answer your most important question in the chorus by crafting a brief statement. It is vital to keep your intention and theme prevalent in your chorus.

Step 6: Write Your Chorus Chord Progression

After detailing the lyrics and rough rhythmic structure, it is time to add a melody to your chorus. Choruses succeed when they are easily memorable, so simplistic chord patterns are typically best. Pop songs, for example, often use a repeated four-chord progression.

A great way to experiment with chord progressions is to record different possibilities, play them back, and then manipulate them as you see fit.

Step 7: Outline Your Verses and Write the Lyric

Once you’ve finished your chorus, shift your focus to the verses. Pick your most relevant questions and determine the order you want to answer them. Your lyrics should tell a story or captivate with ideas.

It’s important not to rush through your verses but build on them and discover a natural flow. Furthermore, it is essential to win the audience’s attention quickly and remain on topic.

Step 8: Craft the Verse Melody and the Build of the Song

The rhythm of your lyrical phrases should influence the rhythm of the music. While examining the lyrical rhythm, really elaborate the emotions and listen for any other rhythmic qualities. Analyzing these patterns will help you craft the melody while keeping a smooth flow and preventing yourself from going too off-beat.

When writing your bridge, consider modulating to give the song more texture and avoid too much repetition. Remember, the bridge is typically the “aha” moment of a piece and should have a unique flavor to reflect that realization.

Step 9: Add an Intro, Outro, and Any Additional Sections

With the majority of your song laid out, next, you need to create your intro and outro along with any additional sections. While it may seem counterproductive, crafting your intro (and outro) last is ideal because they are easiest to write once you know the song and can modify them to match the more significant pieces.

You’ll also need to connect your chorus and verses if you haven’t done so already, and you may need to adjust your pitches to make the transition more natural. Remember that choruses tend to have a higher key and more vocally impressive melody than verses. A pre-chorus can help with this modulation.

Step 10: Make Your Finishing Touches

Finally, you have crafted your song, and it is time to make the finishing touches. The best way to edit your music is by recording rough takes and setting them aside, editing them, refining them, and repeating the process until you are happy with the final result. If you plan to add in other instrumentation or backup vocals, this is a great time to do so.

General Tips

Most of the time, writing a song won’t happen overnight, so expecting quick results will often end in frustration. When facing mental blocks, it can be helpful to give some space and time between you and the project rather than forcing yourself to continue to work.

Programs such as Garageband or LogicProX can be beneficial when recording and testing demos or adding backing tracks and additional instrumentation. Never forget song creation should be about what inspires you, not what you think your audience wants or what will be popular.

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5 Most Expensive Luxury Private Jets In The World Today

There’s traveling via Economy, traveling via Business, and if you thought First Class was the peak of the flying experience, wait till you see what the next level looks like. There are luxury jets that make First Class look pale in comparison.

Here are 5 of the most expensive luxury private jets in the world today that give 5-star hotel suites a run for their money in terms of space and amenities.

5 Most Luxury Private Jets

#1. Boeing 757

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The Boeing 757 is a narrow-body private airliner designed by Boeing Commercial Airplanes. It’s got a classic twin-engine made by Rolls Royce and reaches a top speed of 504 mph.

The interior width is almost 2 meters with a spacious passageway and large comfortable couch-like seats. It can accommodate up to 239 people and the trip costs USD 100,000 to book.

The first-class comes with your private bedroom and a fully-equipped bath with a visually pleasing aesthetic. The airline also offers dining onboard with a restaurant-style seating layout.

While originally designed as a commercial flight, the Boeing 757 was bought by Donald Trump for USD 100 million and refurbished to seat 43 people.

#2. Boeing 787-8 Bbj

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The Boeing 787-8 Bbj, also called the Dreamliner, is a luxury hotel in the sky and one of Boeing’s most popular business jets since 2013. This is a jet that caters to ultra-elite. Buying this plane will set you back at least USD 300 million.

It’s got a Rolls Royce Trent 1000 twin-engine design, similar to the 757, reaching speeds of 593 mph, and can fly for up to 18 hours with maximum fuel efficiency. It’s an ideal choice if you’re looking to make a fast trip, and the luxury of the interior will only make time go by even faster.

On average, the available space is around 2,500 feet. The Dreamliner can hold up to 200 passengers, although seating configurations and interiors vary from jet to jet as they’re custom-designed. Some are made especially for business trips so they have lounges and conference rooms while others have more bars and bedrooms.

#3. Boeing 747-8 Vip

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The Boeing 747-8 VIP is one of the most luxurious private jets ever made. It’s also the second-largest private commercial airliner today. The starting price of this flying mansion is USD 367 million so it’s pretty much for billionaires’ pockets only.

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The interior features two separate lounges, a stateroom with a lounge so prestigious even the finest hotels don’t compare, and an office with a conference room. There’s also an elegant dining room fit for monarchs.

It’s like being at your playboy mansion, your regal office, and your cozy kitchen plus bar at the same time over 30,000 feet in the air. Pictures of the interior of this behemoth are rare because the owners prefer to stay incognito.

#4. Airbus 380

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According to reports from the media, the Airbus 380 might be the most expensive private jet ever ordered to date. It’s also reportedly the largest private luxury jet ever made. However, only one was ever purchased.

It was bought by Prince Al Waleed bin Talal at a Dubai Air Show in 2007. Not much is known about the interiors of the private model but with a price that steep, feel free to let your imagination run wild.

The A380 model is also used by multiple commercial airlines such as Emirates and Lufthansa. It’s large enough to seat 523 people with a three-class configuration. The model is equipped with four 70,000lb thrust engines made either by Rolls Royce or General Electric.

This Airbus can cruise as high as 40,000 feet in the sky and has a top speed of 682 mph — that’s almost the speed of sound.

#5. Airbus A340-300

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The Airbus A340 is a close competitor of the A380 in size and costs between USD 350 to 500 million. It’s mostly purchased by commercial airlines and private models are sold only to billionaires. One of the owners of this flying luxury mansion is Russian Billionaire Alisher Usmanov. It reportedly set him back around USD 400 million.

The Airbus A340 can accommodate up to 290 passengers with a 3-class configuration and fly at speeds of up to 593 mph. The private model comfortably seats or rather, houses, 12 VIP guests in style. The interior is spacious, with enough room to jog around.

Which Celebrity Has the Most Expensive Private Jet?

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The most expensive private jet that has ever been owned was by Prince Alwaleed bin Talal of Saudi Arabia. It had a price tag of over USD 500 million and was also the largest private jet ever sold.

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The celebrity with the most expensive private jet in the world today is Mark Cuban. He is a business mogul and a host of the television show Shark Tank. Cuban owns a Boeing 767-277 that’s estimated to be worth USD 144 million.

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Emerald Value: Everything You Need To Know This Precious Gem

Using diamonds for jewelry has been a traditional preference for a long time. However, colored stones like rubies, sapphires, and emeralds command a far greater value not just for their tremendous colors and durability but also because of rarity. Are you planning to invest in emerald jewelry?

Emerald’s an exotic gem, only found in some countries. Its value also differs from place to place depending on factors such as cut, color saturation, size, and shape. If you’re feeling lost, this in-depth guide will help you understand how emerald value is calculated.

Emerald Introduction

Emerald Introduction

Emerald is a cyclosilicate and a variety of the mineral beryl that typically grows in the form of hexagonal crystals in hydrothermal veins and magmatic pegmatites. The green color is because of trace elements like chromium and vanadium.

Unlike diamonds, emeralds have a low toughness scale so they break easily. This makes them more expensive to cut and reshape.

They’ve been mined by humans for thousands of years, with some of the earliest excavated emerald mines found in India and Egypt. They also have a deep cultural significance. The zodiac sign Cancer is believed by many to be symbolized by emeralds.

Emeralds are known for their exotic green tones that offer relaxation and positivity. Many psychological studies have found that green is the most relaxing color in the world. It’s no wonder emeralds are sought after by almost every jewelry maker and collector.

Is Emerald Rare?

Emeralds are very rare and found primarily in 4 countries — Brazil, Colombia, Zimbabwe, and Zambia. It’s reported that emeralds are approximately 20 times rarer than diamonds, which explains why they’re so ridiculously expensive.

How Much Is an Emerald Worth?

How Much

The price of a natural emerald can range from USD 1 to USD 100,000 a carat depending on the quality. There are various factors that can affect the value of emeralds such as color saturation and purity. Emeralds have to be professionally graded across multiple parameters. There are 3 grades of emeralds.

  • Natural AAA

This is the highest grade of natural emerald you can buy, and it represents the top 10% of all emeralds. Natural AAA emeralds are a rich shade of green and give off tremendous luminosity under the light.

  • Natural AA

This is the second-best category of emeralds and accounts for roughly 20-30% of all the emeralds extracted. Natural A emeralds are medium green and tend to have moderate inclusion. Inclusion, in this context, is a term used by geologists to refer to material trapped inside the mineral as it forms.

  • Natural A

Natural A is the lowest grade of emerald you can purchase, accounting for roughly 50-75% of all gemstones. They’re usually a deep shade of green with lots of inclusion but they still make really pretty jewelry.

Is Emerald More Expensive Than Diamond?

Generally speaking, yes, but that still depends on the grade. If you’re comparing a Natural A emerald to a brilliant-cut diamond, the emerald would probably be cheaper.

How To Know The Value Of An Emerald

Value

Evaluating Clarity, Cut, And Size

  • Clarity

Clarity refers to the level of inclusions present in the mineral and surface-breaking fissures that can’t be detected without magnification. Emeralds are magnified 10x and checked by eye for inclusion and cracks at the surface that affect the brilliance.

Emerald brilliance refers to the amount of sparkle emeralds exhibit — the more the purity the greater the brilliance and higher the price.

  • Cut

As mentioned earlier, emeralds are more fragile than diamonds. So they’re more expensive to mold and form. The price of an emerald can vary with the complexity of the shape it’s been given. Here are the different types of cuts emeralds receive:

#1. Round

#2. Princess

#3. Oval

#4. Cushion

#5. Pear

#6. Radiant

#7. Asscher

#8. Marquise

#9. Heart

  • Size

The size of an emerald refers to its weight in carats. Approximately, 1 carat equals 0.007 ounces. So it goes without saying, the larger the emerald the more it’s likely to cost. This is true for all gemstones.

Evaluating Color

Being able to evaluate the color of an emerald, or any gemstone for that matter, is a skill that takes years to acquire since it’s still mostly done by the eye. Although, there are a few machines that can deduce the precise color by projecting light.

In gemology, the color is evaluated by dividing it into 3 components.

  • Hue

Emeralds naturally occur in hues ranging from blue to green or yellow to green. Typically, only emeralds with medium-to-dark green tones are considered real emeralds. Light-toned emeralds are classified as green beryl or Natural A.

  • Saturation

Saturation refers to the chromatic intensity of the hue present in the gemstone. The richer the color the higher an emerald will be valued.

  • Tone

Tone refers to the visual perception of the gemstone’s luminosity, or how bright the green is. The brightest emeralds sell at the highest prices. Some additional treatments can help improve a natural emerald’s brightness. For instance, some manufacturers use epoxy resins to fill in the fractures of the stones to increase their value.

Buying An Emerald

Buying

Fortunately, purchasing an emerald is a lot less technical and more straightforward than purchasing a diamond. Here are some things you should know before you purchase an emerald.

#1. It’s best not to shop online because pictures don’t reveal the true luminosity or colors of the emerald. Only purchase emeralds that you can see in person first or shop in-store instead.

#2. All gemstones are evaluated based on the 4 C’s — clarity, cut, color, and carat weight.

#3. 99% of emeralds have been treated to improve clarity.

#4. Make sure your seller has a certificate from the Gemological Institute of America (GIA) to ensure you receive a 100% natural emerald. The GIA is a non-profit American institution that carries out research in the field of gemology and certifies natural gemstones for retailers.

What Is the Rarest Emerald in The World?

That would be the trapiche emeralds, found only in Columbia. They’re very limited in supply in the international market. What sets trapiche emeralds apart is the unique spoke pattern in them that is made from inclusions between growth sectors. From a distance, they resemble a radiant star.

Which Emerald Is the Best Quality?

Did you know there’s a quality grade higher than AAA? Heirloom emeralds are extremely rare and are the highest quality emerald you can purchase. Only a few exist, and they’re typically purchased by multi-millionaires or billionaires.

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10 Most Expensive Nike Shoes and Sneakers in the World

Nike is one of the largest manufacturers of sportswear and equipment in the world. It’s a brand name that has become synonymous with quality and attention to detail, especially when it comes to shoes. Any apparel retailer worth their salt knows that footwear is often the first thing people notice about you.

Nike commits to this truism by coming out with a fresher-looking design for their kicks every year. They also make a lot of custom or limited edition designs. Here are some of the most expensive Nike shoes of all time.

List Of the Most Expensive Nike Shoes

#1. Solid Gold Ovo X Air Jordans – $2 Million

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The Solid Gold Ovo X Air Jordan is valued at USD 2 million, and it’s the most expensive shoes Nike has ever produced that were never actually sold to anyone.

It was Canadian hip hop artist Drake who collaborated with Nike and artist Matthew Senna to produce these shoes and they’re made from pure gold. In all honesty, they’re impossible to walk around in comfortably. Drake only had them made for showmanship.

You can purchase OVO X Air Jordan 10s on eBay to get the replica. They’re made by the brand OVO, owned by Drake, and it has acquired an enormous amount of street-cred in the footwear scene. A pair costs USD 600, and unlike its original counterpart, you can use them for walking.

#2. Nike Air Mag – $200,000

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Inspired by the film “Back To The Future Part II,” the Nike Air Mag sneakers are the spitting image of the self-lacing shoes Marty McFly wore in the 1989 sci-fi classic. The body is space grey in color with blue lighting around the laces.

Not only did Nike incorporate the same features depicted in the movie, but they also incorporated automated technologies that adjust the lacing to match your foot shape and make the shoes more comfortable. It even has built-in features to provide an adaptive fit for people with Parkinson’s disease.

The first pair made headlines across the globe when they were released in 2016, although the first batch was auctioned on eBay back in 2011, with all proceeds being donated to the Michael J. Fox Foundation for Parkinson’s Research. Both launches, however, were limited releases.

Online sales of the Nike Air Mags ranged from USD 2,300 to USD 9,959. Today, you’ll find resellers quoting a whopping USD 200,000 for a pair!

#3. Worn Air Jordan 12 Flu Game – $100,000

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The Worn Air Jordan 12 Flu Game is memorabilia of Michael Jordan’s infamous 38 point streak in Game 5 of the 1997 NBA Finals, which he made despite being down from the flu.

They’re the same pair of shoes he used for the game and received most of its gravitas as a fashionable piece of footwear from his game. Hence, the name “Worn Air Jordan 12 Flu Game.” Both sneakers have also been individually signed by the legendary athlete himself.

The current bid is over USD 100,000.

#4. Ovo X Air Jordan XII – $100,000

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The Ovo X Air Jordan 12 are the lovechild of Drake’s “October’s Very Own” or Ovo clothing line and Jordan Brand. They debuted at retail stores across America in October 2016 and are priced at USD 100,000.

The shoes are made using summit-white leather overlaid by stingray leather and have translucent gold flakes scattered throughout the design, even on the soles. There’s also a retro black color option available if you cruise with high society.

#5. Undefeated X Air Jordan 4 – $100,000

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Undefeated X Air Jordan 4 was the first exclusive collaboration between the Jordan Brand and Nike. It has a green military/camo aesthetic for people who want to camp in style.

Only 72 pairs were made and released in 2005, of which most were sent to friends and family. However, some were released during an in-store raffle and a few were auctioned online. The current bidding price is approximately USD 100,000.

#6. Diamond Encrusted Air Force 1 – $50,000

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Adorned with 11-carat champagne diamonds, these affluent shoes were gifted to Outkast’s Big Boi. Designed by Ernel Dawkins of Laced Up, the Atlanta sneaker boutique, these special edition Air Force 1s are the most expensive Nike Air Force 1 sneakers in the world.

Valued at USD 50,000, Big Boi auctioned them off to raise money for his Big Kidz Foundation.

#7. Eminem X Carhartt Air Jordan 4 – $28,500 to $32,000

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This is one of hip hop sensation Eminem’s most coveted shoe collaborations. It features a stunning black twill upper with metallic silver lace tabs. The look is a subtle blend of modern and regal. It’s got a sticky grey outsole with visible air units, so you can wear them to a formal party or a basketball game.

Only 50 pairs were made and released in 2004 to celebrate Eminem’s “Encore” album, but they weren’t sold at retail stores. Eminem had them made for his friends and family. The current bidding price for an authentic pair fluctuates from USD 28,500 to USD 32,000.

#8. Nike Dunk High Wu-Tang – $15,000

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The Wu-Tang Clan was a legendary New York hip hop group in 1999, winning multiple international awards and recognition. They collaborated with Nike to re-release the “Be True” Dunk High collection. This visually stunning pair of sneakers, however, was only for friends and family of the Wu-Tang Clan.

It features a beautiful mix of black and yellow with goldenrod hues. And you’ll also find the Wu-Tang logo on the heel. Only 36 pairs were made and distributed among the group. But they do pop up on sites like eBay, costing approximately USD 15,000. Currently, it’s out of stock even on auction sites.

#9. Nike Yeezy 2 Red October – $7,500 to $10,000

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Nike’s Yeezy 2 Red October collection launched in the February of 2014, although it was supposed to be released the last fall but couldn’t due to a delay.

It has a monochromatic scarlet red finish that’s reminiscent of autumn leaves. The only contrasting element a keen eye might detect is its metallic gold lace tips. It had an exclusively online release and was sold out within minutes.

While its retail price was USD 7,500, its resale value is notorious for being inflated at approximately USD 10,000.

#10. Nike Dunk Low Pro Sb Pigeon – $6,250

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The Nike Dunk Low Pro Sb Pigeon shoe was designed by New York City clothing pioneer Jeff Staple in 2005. It’s a renowned series that sells like hotcakes even today. Staple envisioned a shoe that would represent his town and where he grew up.

He thought that pigeons best represent the New York City vibe, so he picked three different shades of gray and black and white areas for the color scheme. It also has a Nubuck top to give it the same softness as feathers. One pair costs approximately USD 6,250, and you can purchase them online.

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Black Hair and Blue Eyes: The Truth About This Rare Mix

They say that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. Yet, there are some features none of us can resist. When it comes to the mix of black hair and blue eyes, most people seem to agree nothing beats it. So, how come this particular combination is objectively and universally pretty?

Read on to find out who can brag about having such uncommon features. And stay tuned because you’ll also learn what makes this mix so unique and desirable.

The Genetic Truth About Black Hair and Blue Eyes

Genetic Truth

Genetics — you can either curse it or thank heavens it exists. When it comes to your inherited personality traits, you probably think they’re easy to change. “After a third-in-a-row failed exam, I’ll no longer procrastinate” or “I’ve had it — I won’t be this gullible ever again.” Well, at least you can pretend.

What seems more worrying are our physical features and build. There’s no changing your hair color without constantly dying your hair and no having a perfect cleavage without breast implants. But although cosmetic and surgical procedures are slowly becoming accepted in most parts of the world, nothing beats natural beauty.

So, how come some people are born lucky enough to look almost perfect? The golden ratio and clear skin aside, how are some of us gifted with unique feature mixes like black hair and blue eyes? Before you find out, take a look at how each of these colors gets inherited.

How Do You Inherit Blue Eyes?

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Have you heard about the father of modern genetics, Gregor Mendel? That’s the guy who experimented with pea hybrids to learn about how certain traits get inherited.

And if you remember your high school biology classes, you might be able to recall all the genetics problems. “If your mom’s father has blue eyes, what’s the likelihood of you inheriting the same trait?”

In case you don’t remember any of it, here it goes. Thanks to the breakthroughs in genetics, we now know eye color gets passed down from one generation to the next.

So, if someone in your family has blue eyes, there’s a chance of you inheriting this gene. But it may come as a surprise that it’s not the eye color that gets transferred through your DNA.

Instead, what you inherit is the level of melanin in your eyes written in the chromosomes. Among other things, this pigment determines your eye color. So, there’s no blue or green color in your eyes, per se. There’s only brown — the color of melanin.

Dark-eyed people have this pigment both on the back and front layer of the iris. Because melanin absorbs light, it makes their eyes appear brown. On the other hand, individuals with fair eyes have no melanin on the front side of the iris. As a result, the iris scatters other rays and reflects blue light, making the eyes look blue.

How Do You Inherit Black Hair?

Black Hair

Just like the color of your eyes, your hair color depends on your genetic makeup. More precisely, the genes responsible for the natural shade of your hair get passed down from your parents (among others) onto you.

These genes carry the information on the same type of pigment that determines your eye color — melanin. In this case, however, there are two kinds of melanin at play.

The first one is pheomelanin, and it’s responsible for making your hair look orange or red. But right now, you’re more interested in the other type of melanin, known as eumelanin. An abundance of this pigment gives your hair a brown or black color. In other words, the higher the concentration of eumelanin, the darker your hair will be:

• black hair: eumelanin in large quantities

• brown hair: eumelanin in moderate quantities

• blond hair: little to no eumelanin

• red hair: pheomelanin in large quantities, with only a little eumelanin

How Rare Is the Black Hair and Blue Eyes Mix?

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Now you probably have a better idea of how your genetics determines the color of your hair and eyes. More precisely, you’ve seen which pigments are responsible for blue eyes and which cause your hair to be black.

But what about the black hair and blue eyes combination — how common is this mix of features? Before we get into this, you should learn how rare each of these colors is by itself.

What do you think makes blue eyes so beloved? Chances are, you’ve got the same answer as we do — their rarity makes them unique. Blue may not be the least frequent eye color (like green or gray), but it’s still rare. It might surprise you that only 8-10% of people are the lucky owners of blue eyes.

When it comes to black hair, the situation is somewhat different. As it turns out, most people have high amounts of eumelanin in their hair. That’s why about 75-85% of the global population has naturally black (or very dark brown) hair.

Oddly enough, these people’s hair turns gray with age, not because of the lack of eumelanin, but because their organism stops producing other melanins.

So, how often does it happen that these two percentages mix and produce a black hair and blue eyes combo? Just as you’ve suspected — not that often. This mix might not be the rarest hair and eye color combination, as that place belongs to red hair and blue eyes (both recessive genes).

However, you won’t be able to see natural black hair and blue eyes very frequently.

Again, the reason why this mix is infrequent is melanin. More precisely, the chromosomes determining both colors are related. They usually come in pairs, like black hair/brown eyes or blond hair/blue eyes.

Which Ethnicity Has Black Hair and Blue Eyes?

Ethnicity

Given how rare this hair and eye color mix is, it doesn’t get transferred from one generation to the next among a particular group of people. If it did, black hair and blue eyes might not be so infrequent. Also, no nationality seems to have more individuals with such uncommon features than any other ethnicity.

Still, there might be a higher chance of more such people living in countries known for black-haired individuals and those with more blue-eyed people. People with black hair mostly live in Africa, Asia, Eastern and Southern Europe, and America. On the other hand, blue eyes are typical for Europe, or Scandinavia in particular.

The Truth About Blue-Eyed Babies

Blue-Eyed Babies

Speaking of blue eyes, you might have noticed that too many babies have them until they get a bit older. Oddly enough, only 1 in 5 Caucasians born with blue eyes stay blue-eyed. As before, melanin is to blame.

You already know that this pigment is responsible for darkening your eyes. When they’re born, babies have no melanin in irises, which is why their eyes seem blue. As they get older, the level of melanin increases, making their eyes darker. Of course, it depends on the individual child, as some babies get to keep this uncommon eye color.

So, it seems logical that the black hair and blue eyes mix is more frequent in babies. The truth is, many parents get dissatisfied when their child’s blue eye color suddenly changes. But imagine the level of disappointment when their children could have been the proud owners of the unique black and blue feature combination.

Celebrities with Black Hair and Blue Eyes

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Given the rarity of this mix, there aren’t that many celebrities with naturally black hair and blue eyes. However, most celebs aspire to belong to such a unique group. For that reason, they don’t hesitate to turn to alternative solutions to achieve this combo.

They use hair dyes or wigs to change their hair color, and they often get caught wearing blue eye contact lenses.

Some of the most popular celebs with this rare mix are:

• Adriana Lima

• Katy Perry

• Robin Thicke

Actors and Actresses with Black Hair and Blue Eyes

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Speaking of celebrities, they can pull off many different styles and looks. More often than not, they don’t even need their recognizable or rare features to draw attention to themselves. Chances are, you’ve seen how this year’s Met Gala went — we didn’t even see some hair and eye colors.

The truth is, some celebs can afford such looks: socialites, TV presenters, and even some singers. But when it comes to actors, they like to stand out with their appearances.

You already know that most of them get cast thanks to their unique physical features. Sure, actors and actresses can easily change their hair and eye color for the role.

Still, some of them like to think such uncommon features are what makes them more memorable. You probably won’t be able to think of too many actresses with dark bangs and blue eyes like Zooey Deschanel.

The list of actors with black hair and blue eyes is, in fact, rather limited. It comes down to the following owners of this attractive mix, among others:

• Cobie Smulders

• Courtney Cox

• Jesse Williams

• Megan Fox

• Angelina Jolie

• Chris Evans

• Zac Efron

• Evangeline Lilly

• Ian Somerhalder

• Leonardo DiCaprio

• Emilia Clarke

• Chace Crawford

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End Your Reading Slump: Kristin Hannah Books In Order

Are you looking for some quality books to read, but your busy schedule doesn’t leave you enough time to sort through the extensive list of good authors? Well, you can sit back and relax because we’ve got an excellent writer and her amazing books to recommend — Kristin Hannah.

But to save you the trouble of going through her extensive work by yourself, here’s the list of all Kristin Hannah books in order.

About Kristin Hannah

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Kristin Hannah is a bestselling and award-winning author of 20+ books. Perhaps she is the most famous for her novel The Nightingale, translated into 43 languages. Amazon, iTunes, Buzzfeed, Library Journal, The Week, Paste, and The Wall Street Journal voted it the best book in 2015. The Nightingale also won the Goodreads and People’s Choice Awards.

Furthermore, The Nightingale is on the way to become a movie at TriStar Pictures. Kristin’s other two novels, The Great Alone and Home Front, have also been optioned for movies. Additionally, Netflix has turned Firefly Lane into a TV series.

Kristin Hannah Books in Order

Without further ado, here are Kristin Hannah books in order.

  • Firefly Lane Series

1. Firefly Lane (2008)

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The book tells a powerful story about a thirty-year-long friendship between Tully Hart and Kate Mularkey.

2. Fly Away (2013)

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After Kate dies, the story continues to follow Tully Hart as she tries to fulfill her promise and take care of Kate’s children.

  • Standalone Novels In a Chronological Order

1. A Handful of Heaven (1991)

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Devon O’Shea goes back to Yukon Territory to claim her share of wealth but finds herself willing to stay. It doesn’t hurt that her business partner also makes her toes curl.

2. The Enchantment (1992)

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This exciting novel is perfect for those who love adventure and romance wrapped together and placed in the 19th century.

3. Once in Every Life (1992)

When Lightning Strikes

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This curious story of Tess Gregory as well as the unexpected turn her life had taken will have you questioning what happens after we die.

4. If You Believe (1993)

Waiting for the Moon

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The two unsuspected lovers find each other but secrets and scandals from the past threaten to break them apart.

5. When Lightning Strikes (1994)

Home Again

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Lightning needs to strike twice, so the two lovers in this fantasy novel can have a future together.

6. Waiting for the Moon (1995)

On Mystic Lake

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Once again, fantasy and love are mixed together for the two lovers to find each other and accept their strange gifts.

7. Home Again (1996)

 

Angel Falls

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After a tragedy strikes, three broken hearts have to fight their pain and fear to become a family.

8. On Mystic Lake (1999)

On Mystic Lake

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Annie’s husband leaves her for a younger woman so she returns to her hometown to find love and healing.

9. Angel Falls (2000)

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After his beloved wife falls into a coma, Liam uncovers her secret past life. So, he must make a decision that might cost him everything he holds dear.

10. Summer Island (2001)

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Ruby returns home under false pretenses, seeking revenge on her estranged mother, but soon she uncovers her family’s secrets.

11. Distant Shores (2002)

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After years of putting her family’s needs before her own, Elizabeth suddenly ventures on a journey to rediscover herself.

12. Between Sisters (2003)

Between Sisters

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Meghann and Claire are two estranged sisters. But after two decades apart, they reunite and try to become a family.

13. The Things We Do for Love (2004)

The Things We Do for Love

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After moving back to her hometown, Angie DeSaria takes in a seventeen-year-old Lauren abandoned by her mother.

14. Comfort and Joy (2005)

Comfort and Joy

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A Christmas romance that will warm your heart and help you once again believe in love and happy endings.

15. Magic Hour (2006)

Magic Hour

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A mystery surrounds a six-year-old girl who appeared out of the forest. So, it’s up to child psychiatrist Dr. Julia Cates to uncover the secret.

16. True Colors (2009)

True Colors

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The youngest of three Grey sisters, Vivi Ann, has everything going for her until a stranger comes to town.

17. Winter Garden (2010)

Winter Garden

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Reunited with their estranged mother, Nina and Meredith find out that the story about a Russian girl in Leningrad is more than just a fairytale — it’s the secret history of their family.

18. Night Road (2011)

Night Road

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The high school trio, Lexi, Mia, and Zach, are inseparable. But they make one bad decision on a hot summer’s night.

19. Home Front (2012)

Home Front

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This family drama follows Michael and Jolene Zarkades as well as their two daughters as they face tragedy, fear, love, and courage.

20. The Nightingale (2015)

The Nightingale

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This incredible novel depicts the lives of two sisters struggling to survive in German-occupied, war-torn France.

21. The Great Alone (2018)

The Great Alone

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A mother and a daughter are stuck in a snow-covered cabin far in Alaska with a dangerous man they once called a husband and a father.

22. The Four Winds (2021)

The Four Winds

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It’s 1934, and Elsa’s farm, as well as her marriage, are falling apart. So, she needs to make the biggest decision: stay and fight or go and seek a better future?

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Harlan Coben Books In Order: Best Drama Books You Must Read

Do you enjoy mysteries and thrillers? The drama books by Harlan Coben deliver that and so much more. They’ve been inspired by real-life events with a few changes in the characters and storyline, of course. Some of his books are part of a series and some are standalone. So for you binge-readers, here are all of the Harlan Coben books in order.

Harlan Coben Introduction

Harlan Coben Introduction

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Harlan Coben is an American novelist known for his mystery and thriller novels. The plot of his books involves the resurfacing of unresolved or misinterpreted past events, like murders and accidents, and has lots of twists to keep you on the edge of your seat.

Coben is the number one New York Times author of 31 different novels and has printed 75 million copies of his books worldwide. He also became the creator and executive of several Netflix drama series like “The Woods” and “The Five.”

If you like suspense, mystery, unexpected endings, and horrorcore, you will love Harlan Coben’s books. His most popular series include the “Myron Bolitar” series and a number of standalone novels. Most of them are based in either New York or New Jersey, where Coben was born.

Harlan Coben Books In Order

  • Myron Bolitar

Myron Bolitar

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Arguably the series Harlan Coben is most famous for, Myron Bolitar is a series of 11 books that tell the story of a famous ex-NBA player who went on to become an undercover detective. He maintained his cover by having a day job as a sports agent.

Harlan Coben based the character of Myron Bolitar off himself but in a different world where all his wishes were fulfilled. For instance, Harlan Coben used to play college basketball, but he was never good enough to become an all-star.

However, there’s a duality present in Myron’s character. He embodies many things Coben wished he was or wanted to be but wishes for many things Coben already has and he doesn’t. Myron’s dream is to get married, live in the suburbs, and have kids.

Myron is tall, funny, and very loyal to his friends. He is depicted as a caring, friendly agent who doesn’t try to exploit his clients and fulfills their needs alongside his own.

The books of the Myron Bolitar series are:

#1. Deal Breaker (1995)

#2. Drop Shot (1996)

#3. Fade Away (1996)

#4. Back Spin (1997)

#5. One False Move (1998)

#6. The Final Detail (1999)

#7. Darkest Fear (2000)

#8. Promise Me (2006)

#9. Long Lost (2009)

#10. Live Wire (2011)

#11. Home (2016)

  • Mickey Bolitar

Mickey Bolitar

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Mickey Bolitar is a quick-witted and clever high school student, and he’s Myron Bolitar’s nephew. He witnessed his father’s death at a young age while his mother had to check out to a rehab clinic for her addiction problems. That’s how Mickey started living with his aunt and Uncle Myron.

The series follows the story of Mickey and his friends trying to uncover the truth about his father’s death. It all starts when Mickey begins learning about the conspiracies of the seedy underworld. Harlan Coben uses this series to introduce his masterful plotting and wry humor to the young generations.

The books of the Mickey Bolitar series are:

#1. Shelter (2011)

#2. Seconds Away (2012)

#3. Found (2014)

  • Picture Books

Picture Books

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Not a fan of wordy novels? You can get the Harlan Coben experience with pictorial depictions to give your imagination a whirl in Magical Fantastical Fridge. Harlen Coben partnered with talented debut illustrators to create a fun and fantastical adventure for people to read with their kids.

It has a beautiful story that begins with a family dinner. Walden’s getting bored and wants to be anywhere but in his kitchen helping with chores. Suddenly, he finds himself transported to the world of his drawings, and so his adventure begins.

His crayons turn into monsters and try to attack him but he tactfully evades them and catches a plane to ride to an old photo. After that, he’s attacked by monkeys. To survive that, he cannonballs into an aquarium ticket.

The story is filled with wild, fantastical, and unexpected twists and given caricature by colorful paintings.

  • Anthologies

Anthologies

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Here’s a list of Harlan Coben anthologies in order of their publication date.

#1. Opening Shots, Vol. 2 (2001)

A collection of 23 short first stories published by now-prominent mystery and crime fiction writers, including “Entrapped” by Harlan Coben.

#2. Mystery Writers of America Presents Death Do Us Part: New Stories About Love, Lust, and Murder (2006)

A collection of 18 short stories about relationships by some of the top crime and mystery writers including Harlan Coben, R.L. Stine, and Tom Savage.

#3. Pulp Fiction: The Crimefighters (2006)

Harlan Coben introduces the greatest writers from the golden age of Pulp Fiction with 14 tales of action-packed hero vs. villain crime drama.

#4. The Best American Mystery Stories (2011)

Another anthology by Harlan Coben containing America’s finest short fiction as well as non-fiction mystery stories.

  • Windsor Horne Lockwood III

Windsor

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Win (2021) is one of Coben’s latest novels and features the story of Windsor Horne Lockwood, a secondary character from the Myron Bolitar Series. Unlike Myron and Mickey, Win is not exactly a likable character.

He’s highly trained in martial arts and a billionaire with lots of connections. He’s also a very violent and bashful person, with no qualms about taking down anyone in his way. It’s a classic anti-hero tale.

  • Wilde Books

Wilde Books

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Wilde is the latest character introduced by Harlan Coben in his new series. He was found thirty years ago living as a feral boy in the woods with no memories of his past. Even as an adult he never learned the truth about his origins and chooses to live close to the woods on the outskirts of town as a content recluse.

One day, a child named Naomi Pine goes missing and her case appears on TV. The presenter, lawyer Hester Crimstein, shares a mysterious and tragic connection to Wilde. He seeks out Wilde and his unique skills to help solve the case.

The books of the Wilde series are:

#1. The Boy From the Woods (2020)

#2. The Match (expected release March 2022)

  • Standalone Novels

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Here’s a list of all the standalone novels by Harlan Coben that are also worth checking out.

#1. Play Dead (1990)

#2. Miracle Cure (1991)

#3. Tell No One (2001)

#4. Gone for Good (2002)

#5. No Second Chance (2003)

#6. Just One Look (2004)

#7. The Innocent (2005)

#8. The Woods (2007)

#9. Hold Tight (2008)

#10. Caught (2010)

#11. Stay Close (2012)

#12. Six Years (2013)

#13. Missing You (2014)

#14. The Stranger (2015)

#15. Fool Me Once (2016)

#16. Don’t Let Go (2017)

#17. Run Away (2019)

  • Others

Tell No one

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Here are some movies and TV series produced by Harlan Coben.

#1. Tell No one (2006, Movie)

#2. No Second Chance (2015, TV Series)

#3. The Five (2016, TV Series)

#4. Harlan Coben – Just One Look (2017, TV Series)

#5. Safe (2018, TV Series)

#6. The Stranger (2020, TV Series)

#7. The Woods (2020, TV Series)