Interior Trend: Retro

August 30, 2012

So far this year the retro interior trend has been very popular with design companies and designers. Manufacturers have been taking on board the original designs and colours and adapting them for the current market. Mid century, 1960s, 1970s are the eras that have made this retro come back, with home furnishings being inspired by these design periods. This trend involves bright and bold design with plenty of colour and patterns.

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Images Via:

1. 4 Homes: www.channel4.com/4homes

2. Orla Keily: www.heals.co.uk

3. Sanderson: www.sanderson-uk.com

4. Charles & Ray Eames: www.heals.co.uk

I was unaware of French Connection’s Homeware collection until a few days ago and I am very glad to have found it! The products are ideal for creating a laid back, relaxed interior that is timeless in design. A lot of the homewares would suit an industrial style interior or look perfect in a coastal home.

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http://www.frenchconnection.com/category/homeware/home.htm

Creams and beiges often get accused of being dull or unimaginative colour choices but there are plenty of lovely shades out there make a room look striking. Try Zoffany and Dulux paints, they have some gorgeous neutral tones. Creams and beiges are an old and simple choice but it really can look stylish used in the correct way.

To stop beige spaces looking flat, combining a variety of neutral colours creates a calming and sophisticated interior. What always works is having a feature wall in a luxurious, darker beige shade and the rest of the walls in a lighter neutral tone. Try using bold accents to make the space appear more interesting, for example, an interior can look really smart when beige is teamed up with blacks or greys.

The great thing about decorating in a neutral colour scheme is that they can be mixed with any other colour, ideal for keeping up to date with the latest trends or changing your interior to how you feel.  Additionally it is the perfect colour scheme for people who are afraid of using colour, as colour can just be added through accents and accessories.

An additional way to ensure a neutral colour scheme is designed to its full potential is to decorate the room with textures and pattern. By layering with different textures a beige interior is made instantly more attractive. Adding small details in the patterns you choose and using a chunky cream knitted throw, jute flooring, light linen curtains for example, would provide the room with more depth.

Beige is my favourite colour for its versatility, calm and warm qualities and stylish outcomes.

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http://imgfave.com/view/2079530?r=pin

Trend: Macaroons

August 12, 2012

Macaroons seem to be popping up everywhere in recent times, on adverts, in coffee shops, for weddings and are popular on Pinterest. They have caught my eye because of their colourful and pretty shades. Maybe their popularity ties in with the recent interior trend of pastel colours, so these French sweets are the ideal inspiration for creating a pastel coloured interior.

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1. http://amour–love.blogspot.ca

2. http://design-seeds.com/

3. http://www.thelennoxx.com/browse-by-color/gray-grey/pastel-perfection-ana-antunes-amazingly-beautiful-home/

 

Decorating With… Grey

August 6, 2012

Decorating with grey is a very classy and in trend option. This sophisticated colour is said to be the new beige and creates a very contemporary interior. Although it is known to be a dull colour, used in the correct way it can create a truly stunning space.

To give an otherwise flat grey interior depth and to keep it light, introduce a variety of light sources to ensure the space isn’t flat. Additionally decorating with a range of grey tones and adding a variety of textural accessories can provide a more interesting grey scheme.

Grey schemes can be either warm or cool. Warm greys have a hint of yellow which provides a cosier space, whereas cool greys have a hint of blue, giving a lighter, cooler appearance. Warm greys are ideal if you have a large room that can be decorated in a darker grey, to give it real impact. Additionally warm greys look lovely with beige to create a real true warm and welcoming home. Cool greys provide a more contemporary design scheme. The shades are often used in those gorgeous Scandinavian interiors that are light, bright and although grey, inviting.

This colour scheme creates a calming and elegant mood to a home, which can be updated to work with any other colour. Why not try grey and yellow, this is a brilliant combination of colours, that has a striking effect. My favourite greys have to be from Farrow & Balls paint collection, especially, ‘Pavilion Gray’ and ‘Light Room Gray’.

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1. http://bubbelsoda.tumblr.com/post/15724228805

2. http://diyshowoff.com

Love… Rowen & Wren

August 2, 2012

One of my favourite online brands in Rowen & Wren, and not just for the lovely home accessories but I can spend forever just looking at the images because of their photographic styling! Rowen & Wren provide a range of home accents that are suitable for both modern and classic interiors. I also like the idea behind the brand, of creating three collections to help you choose an interior theme, Refined Rural, Distant Home and my favourite Timeless Living. Here are my favourites…

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Rowen & Wren: www.rowenandwren.co.uk