For a few years now beige has been seen as ‘boring’, but alas it’s back but only if you throw some textures within it. This chalet vibe has been created using wooden panelling and dark wood as the floor, the lamp to the left, the stem being made of twigs blends superbly to it’s surrounding wood. This setting would not have been the same without the fur, and cosy rug so these two key components are crucial to the fung-shui of this room.
An amazing interior always features amazing art work! Whether it’s a classic Picasso piece or a sentimental hand-me-down; art literally introduces depth and character to interiors. If your wondering what to do with that empty space in your hallway, opt for art.
With a verity of pieces to choose from nowadays days you are totally spoilt for choice. From mosaics to paintings… Calligraphy to graffiti… Art is always a YES from us.
Andrea Leila Brown makes incredible, timeless Mosaic pieces. Also, car-boot sales are a great stop for art.
If your planning a trip to Barcelona any time soon, I highly recommend you to check out Soho House. It’s designed beautifully adding elements of colour and textures throughout their rooms. Nothing is left untouched and the attention to detail is like no other. Exposed brickwork allows a room to automatically feel old and authentic so this is something you should not cover up. The lights look like pooky lights (a shop you should check out if you haven’t already) as they are beautifully crafted with bright shades and quirky patterns. It’s a lush environment to sit back and relax.
Midcentury style is all the rage in the interior design world this year. The sleek and simple styles look great on their own or mixed with older and newer styles, perfect for an instant uplift! Popularity of this style has meant you can access this style at any price range (so no excuses). Made.com sells a huge range of larger furniture pieces but even Primark can give you a cheap solution to this style. We love the mid-century lounging chairs to add comfort and style to any corner of your home. Cover with a pillow or two, as any interior lover would, and this will become the most fashionable place to relax. Leaving raw wood exposed or a quick lick of paint will personalize these pieces to suit your own style.
We said we’d be back with some tips for an open plan interior and here we are sharing 3 top ways to section what could be a muddled space.
1. Rugs: The classic way to separate a space is to use rugs to indicate the living area and/or dining area. Rugs are cosy under the feet and also buffer any loud noises which can be handy in such an open and often large room.
2. Corner Sofa’s: Corner sofas are not just made for the corner so don’t restrict them to that space! Using them further out in a room provides a shorter divide than a wall and still leaves the space feeling open. If the back of your sofa isn’t at its heyday, why not add a side table to the back or get it reupholstered.
3. Kitchen Island: Having a kitchen island is many house owners dream and it’s also a great way to show a distinction as to where the kitchen ends. This can provide an easy transition into a dining area or work space. If a built in island is out of reach, try an island on wheels or a butchers block that can also be moved to accommodate the use of the space.
1. Consider the Ceiling
Much character can be added from above. The hand-painted chevron pattern pays homage to a classic Moroccan design, while gnarled, 17th-century beams from Provence give the appearance of a structure being taken back by nature.
2. Don’t Mess With The Mantle
3. Mask Modern Comfort
Historical projects can feel museum-cold, but this corner’s simple daybed invites guests to relax without undermining the fiction of the room.
4. Pull In a Chair
A seemingly disparate piece can save a room from coming off as a mere reproduction.
5. Minimize The Electrical Footprint
Natural light comes through the handmade glass of the courtyard door and the windows—without curtains or blinds to detract from the antiqued walls and the 17th-century fireplace. Lamps are small and unobtrusive to maintain the illusion that the room predates electricity.
6. Embrace Imperfection
He coated walls with Moroccan tadelakt plaster tinted a light blue-gray that adds even more convincingly decrepit roughness.
7. Mash Up Accessories
The eclectic combination of a hand-painted Moroccan panel, 16th-century Syrian tiles and ceramics from Fes.
OnGallery is a start-up company based in London who exhibit art online. They have recently began working closely with interior designers choosing art for specific areas. They had their launch night last night and we were lucky enough to get invited.
Their work is modern yet practical with rectilinear shapes and forms. The big lightbulb lamp is really cool. It almost reminds me of an industrial lamp and this can actually be in many different schemes or environments and still look top notch. Their rich velvets and textures are so inviting (so much so that I had to sit down!). My favourite piece is this yellow mustard chair which only has one arm rest. It looks as though it belongs in the 50’s.
When moving house, art and collectables are usually the only items that get transferred from place to place. So I will give you an example of a piece of art that resembles the design of the room.
This piece of art is contemporary and clearly photoshopped to include nature and forestry. Below is a room that is parallel to this piece of art and designed on this singular photograph.
The spotted wall highlights the hidden forest within the image and the use of whites, greys and blacks are prominent within this setting. Take note of the linear lines of the hand in the photo and then again on the ceiling. The texture from the rug, sofa and the wooden seat are all seen within the hand of the image as branches bend and curl making it look 3D.