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Sunday, 19 January 2014

Graphic Print Home Decor

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Adding bold and graphic designs to your home can be so easy! In the image above you can see they have mixed bold floor tiles with graphic artwork and used beautiful geometric side tables in a bold yellow.
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You can find graphic prints on storage boxes and bedding like shown above, which added to a neutral room can add a pop of colour! You could also mix graphic prints for a more eclectic theme.

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The rug in the image above shows how bold graphics can bring a room to life. Rugs, canvases, etc can easily be DIY-ed using spray paint and stencils or masking tape, if you're on budget.
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The great thing is the patterns can be colourful and bold or be quite muted! Thank you for reading!




Saturday, 21 December 2013

Neutral Colour Palette

An important thing to remember when working with a neutral colour palette is incorporating texture. This can be done with different fabrics (cushions, curtains, rugs, table runners etc.) and different materials for furniture such as wood, stone and glass.

Here is an inspiring picture I found. The cornice molding and cage light fitting helps greatly adding interest to the room.

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The image above shows to can add a little bit of colour to stop the room from looking bland.

At Ikea you can buy textile products quite cheaply and if you're going for a neutral theme then the Swedish is perfect.

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/60050172/

http://www.ikea.com/gb/en/catalog/products/70254507/



Light is also very important! You can add simple tea-light candles (could be LED ones), fairy lights or just a decorative chandelier or ceiling light fixture. The image below shows a pretty set up using some tea light candles. Also the dark flowers and stove make a beautiful contrast.

http://mitenska.blogspot.co.uk/2013/12/festive-details.html

Thank you for reading!!
 

Friday, 20 December 2013

Asian Inspiration

You can help to create a serene Asian inspired home using key decor details.
Taking some influence from Japanese culture below is a futon style cushion making a relaxing spot in front of an over-sized window. The simple design of the room and it's connection with nature makes it very relaxing and the Asian influence is profound. I also like the courtyard style garden which is very reminiscent of traditional Japanese home
http://www.dwell.com/house-tours/slideshow/ray-kappe-designed-multilevel-house-los-angeles?slide=9&c=y&paused=true#9

Asian design often has lots of natural elements so adding bamboo, wood and simple flowers could give your home an Asian inspired feeling.
The bamboo chairs below are beautiful and simple and would be perfect to add a Japanese touch.

http://style-files.com/2008/07/21/bamboo-furniture-by-modern-bamboo/


Fabrics in small area can be used to add some focus and bold touches. This would create more of an eclectic feel.

http://www.fabricandart.com/web_images/fabrics/Asian-fabrics/Hana_Bashi_floral_designs_taupe.jpg

You'd have to be wary using fabrics as the combinations of colours can be very unbalanced and to create an eclectic look you'd have to make sure you have a similar colour pallet running throughout different patterns and textures. 

My favourite Asian interiors are from Japan. I love the minimalist feel and simple colours they use. Implementing this type of design in one area or room in a home could provide some escape and would be a perfect place to run away to when the world gets a bit hectic. 

http://www.seeof.com/modern-japanese-architecture-design-by-hiroshi-nakamura/japanese-architecture-design-5/
   Thank you for reading!


Tuesday, 10 December 2013

Ceramics

You can add some pattern to your home and dinner with some bold and beautiful ceramics. If you have open cupboards or you display your plates then a pretty one won't go a miss. If you can't afford to buy the more expensive items charity and second hand shops sell individual items which you can pair with cheaper plain ceramic. Also, you can purchase ceramic paints to personalise plain dinner ware.

This beautiful tableware could brighten up your day. You can co-ordinate the colours with your dining room/ kitchen and the rest of your tableware to make a cohesive design. If you don't think you want to go for bold colours then you can get different shaped white tableware such as below. 


One of my favourite place to find individual decorative pieces is Zara Home, where I found this amazing set and purchased the bowl to fill with earrings or jewelry.  



The video below shows you how to organise exposed shelving in a kitchen:


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Saturday, 7 December 2013

Room Dividers & Screens

Using a screen can be a great way of temporarily dividing up a space or adding something beautiful to a room. You can use a screen to separate a studio flat so you have a more dedicated sleeping area or if you have guests over. They have many other uses though!
You may be able to find a vintage screen or one could be made yourself using a wooden frame and thick fabric in the middle. This could work well as you could stain the wood and use any fabric you like. Or you could make one from plywood and stencil a design onto it.

This was the overall display.
I love the light in the centre!
I recently went to the Royal Pavilion Museum in Brighton and saw this amazing display (to the right and below). I love the colours they have used the pattern on the screen is beautiful. The quite neutral tones means you could add in some splashes of colour and pattern in the rest of the room.  Placing the bed in front of the screen is also a good idea. You could use the screen in the room as a focal point and instead of using a headboard, wallpaper or bold paint. I believe the screen below is from the arts and crafts period, I forgot to take a picture of the information though.



On the web I have found some other screens, this one is being used to divide up what appears to be an entryway and a seating area. I like this one and it looks almost like it's made from vintage doors, the reflective surface of the glass also gives an appearance of a bigger room and more space.


http://www.bhg.com/decorating/small-spaces/strategies/small-space-decorating/#page=21
Cherry Blossoms have appeared once again in the one below. I don't think I realised how much people love it. But, this one below is beautifully designed and I like the symmetry in the panels, and how they're shaped and also how the cherry blossom design is falling from one side. It looks like the screen is a part of a larger image.

http://www.housetohome.co.uk/room-idea/picture/vintage-decorating-10-ideas/2
Thank you for reading!


Wednesday, 4 December 2013

Industrial Home Inspiration

Nobody wants to live in a warehouse, but elements of industrial design can bring structure and texture to a space. You could incorporate polished concrete floors during the construction of a house or is wanting to add to your home, steel furniture and lights can bring urban touches to your home.
This pictures above are from this site here. And it contains many more pictures. You can get industrial looking desk lamps and light shades above from places such as Ikea. The enameled ones can add a splash of colour to a more neutral room and stop a room from looking sterile. Industrial doors would be perfect in a home office to store supplies or if big enough in a hallway to store shoes and gloves etc.

http://www.sharlandandlewis.com/polished-vintage-filing-drawers-295-ref1644a/

I love chairs like the ones below, you can buy items such as them old or new. You could maybe add seat cushions or mix textiles with the metal to make it more comfortable feeling. 

http://www.scaramangashop.co.uk/at-home/furniture/old-retro-chairs-stools-benches/vintage-metal-folding-chairs/prod_3336.html
Don't forget to mix your design up with some natural elements such as wood everything more earthy and comfy. I love this sort of design and it could be in small spaces as many industrial objects are made for storage. Storage is of course essential in any small space to stop a room from looking cluttered. 
Thank you for reading. 

Monday, 2 December 2013

Alcoves

I've always loved the idea of putting a desk inside an alcove. It seems like it would be really cosy and a great use of a somewhat forgotten space. You can do so much with them! Alcoves can be quite dark so often extra light is needed, but I would embrace the darkness because every home needs a little dark corner to escape to.

Here are some of my favourite images:

These desks look great and have storage above to make the most of the height space within the alcove. I found the images here.

http://imgfave.com/view/159912


This alcove seating area looks like the perfect reading nook. The lamps would provide extra reading light in the otherwise quite dark space. I like the modular shelving they've used which contrasts the very orderly design of the arch way. The arch has been created out of wood so it's easily added to a rectangle cut out with out too much work.


This one I found here. I like how the shelving is off the floor and a small side table has been used. This frees up more floor space and can make the room feel bigger.
Thank you for reading.