Get Ready For Spring Entertaining With Bright Coloured Lighting Options
Sep10

Get Ready For Spring Entertaining With Bright Coloured Lighting Options

One of the biggest trends we’re going to see coming into spring is colourful lights that take centre stage. While the home interior trend of including fluro accents with soft furnishings has been around for some time now, there will be a shift in the coming months towards lights that are bold, colourful and eye-catching. Forget subtle lighting that’s recessed into the ceiling. This trend is all about bringing your lights forward as an important decorative element in your home. When using coloured lights in the home, it’s a good idea to select lights that are of the same colour intensity. Pale hues and tones don’t match well next to highly intense colours. You also don’t want to overdo it with other brightly coloured accents in the room. Coloured lights work best in rooms that have relatively plain walls and floors, so they can reflect colour easily and aren’t overshadowed or clash with bold rugs or wallpaper of a completely different colour palette. When choosing the right coloured lights to use, think about your home’s décor. Is your home inspired by industrial spaces? Or do you prefer the minimalistic, modern trend and have mostly a neutral colour palette running throughout your home? Perhaps you’ve incorporated feminine, shabby chic elements throughout? Whatever style your home’s interior is, this will have an impact on the style of coloured light you should decide to purchase. Different rooms also require different lighting accents. So while you may want something overhead for the dining room and kitchen, you may want to focus on purchasing a suitable table lamp for your bedroom and lounge room. Forget subtle light fixtures that blend into the background. Add a serious punch of colour to your home with colourful lighting accents that...

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How To Create That Holiday Home Feeling
Aug28

How To Create That Holiday Home Feeling

Ever wanted to emulate that relaxed atmosphere you enjoy when staying at a holiday house? Whether you’re redecorating your own holiday home or you’re wanting to create a more relaxed feel in your own house or apartment there’s a few easy steps to help you on your way. Start by brightening up spaces by letting as much natural light in. Transform rooms into bright and airy spaces by getting rid of heavy drapery and curtains and instead using softer window coverings. For each room in the home, consider the light that you currently have. Many modern homes have downlights, and while these are great for providing an even glow of light throughout a large space, they aren’t the best for creating a relaxing atmosphere. Inject some personality and fun into your living areas using funky pendant lights. This Bolle light looks wonderful in kitchens and lounge rooms. To create that seaside living look, the white or timber Bolle lights are a great choice. In the bedroom and in the lounge room you’ll also want to use lamp lighting to create a soft, relaxing atmosphere. The Taho Timber Drum Lamp Shade is perfect for matching with a range of holiday bedroom styles while keeping the colour palette light and airy. The whole idea behind most holiday homes is to ensure total comfort for guests as well as the perfect combination between indoor and outdoor living areas to enjoy. Maximising outdoor spaces as much as possible is really important to create that holiday home feeling. For outdoor dining areas, whether large or small, you need to have sufficient lighting for entertaining after dark. Rather than looking to traditional outdoor lighting options, why not try a cluster of weatherproof outdoor flameless candles? They look just like the real thing and won’t be damaged if you leave them out in the elements. Candle light emits a warm, gentle glow which automatically sets the mood for an enjoyable night spent outdoors. Colour palettes will vary to emulate the holiday home look, depending on what sort of holiday home you’re going for. For lovers of the seaside, keeping the colours minimal with crisp white and a few different shades of blue and grey makes for a good start. Remember, holiday homes are all about comfort, so throw rugs and loads of soft furnishings to make everything a little cosier are ideal. With a little careful planning, you can transform your home into your dream oasis, to enjoy every day of the year. Image Source:...

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Stripes – A Big Statement Or A Subtle Design Element
Aug11

Stripes – A Big Statement Or A Subtle Design Element

Geometry is extremely useful in interiors and can transform a space. From the softness of flowing curves to the solidity of a cube, to the excitement of a zigzag and the charm of spots and circles you can change the feel of a room based on the geometric patterns you employ. Today I’m going to concentrate on stripes for their ability to both make a big statement and add a subtle design element to your decor.  If you want to make a room feel wider, take the stripe horizontally around the room and if you want to make it feel taller, take it vertically up the walls. The wide stripes create a soothing atmosphere. The clever mix of neutral tones and the use of different types of paint make an interesting and stylish combination. I really like the addition of a metallic paint to add a hint of glamour. Horizontal stripes can be very calming.The main thing to remember with stripes is that they lead the eye. You cannot help but follow a line whether it’s up the wall or along the floor. A really bold line, or a long line, will make your eye travel even quicker.  And if you have an awkward shaped room to deal with you can use stripes to balance it, to make it even more edgy and exciting as in this image which plays on graphic black and white. The high contrast stripes are bold, confident and modern and if that’s a fair description of your personality I hope you try out something like this. Now you have these designer tools in your decorating bag let’s think about the beauty of stripes and how the colours and the width of the lines make a difference.  Try varying the line widths and changing directions that demonstrate a creative spirit and bring a plain wall to life. You really don’t need many stripes to make a huge impact. In this final image you can see how a striped wall brings a mix of colourful furniture together, binding the separate pieces into a cohesive scheme that feels comfortable and playful. Whether you start with the furniture and add the stripes or find a striped wallpaper you love and then look for the furniture is up to you but if you like colour I hope you will give this a whirl. Let me know how you get along with stripes in your...

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Attract Romance By Adding Basic Feng Shui Principals To Your Bedroom

Did you know that by following some of the basic principles of Feng Shui you can activate energy in your space and attract romance in your life? Oh yes! If you have been feeling blue and not in the game, here you have some pointers to help you create a space that will attract the perfect mate. If you are in a current relationship and need to re-activate some passion, this will enhance more romance. The definition of Feng Shui addresses the relation between human beings and their environment. Feng Shui has been around for over 3000 years in China. Currently there are two basic schools the Form School (oldest) and the Compass School. They both vary but ultimately focus on the same result which is harmony. In the last 20 years Feng Shui has worked its way into Western Culture. We have heard of the terms Ying/Yang, T’ai Chi, The 5 Elements, or at some point seen or heard of the compass. All elements and principles of Feng Shui. What does it all mean and how can you put it to good use? First let’s work with your environment which in this case is your bedroom and define where the love corner is located. Feng Shui is complex so we are going to keep it simple by determining your love corner and how to improve it. Depending on your layout you can enhance with home décor elements. Start by finding the far right corner from the door. Once you identify the love corner and assess what you have in your space then you can start applying the principles. Each room will vary depending on the layout. Here are things to keep in mind when working on creating your bedroom. Pink is the colour to attract romance into your life according to Feng Shui. It is referred to as the love or marriage colour, any shade can be used. You can add hints of reds and whites in combination too. I suggest not painting the walls dark red or pink and only add accessories in this colour pallet. If you are set on painting the walls then try to stay with lighter pastel or neutral tones. You can add colour with accent pillows, a duvet, throw, table accessories or wall art. They should inspire you, so when you search for these items, choose the ones that remind you of love, romance or passion. If you live with a man and don’t wish to be too feminine, just enhance with hints of colour. Items to avoid in your love corner are TVs, computers, cloth hampers, art work that has no...

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Industrial Look Exposed
Jul19

Industrial Look Exposed

Industrial interior design has been popular for some years now. When it comes to this trend, it’s all about exposed surfaces, rustic flooring, minimal colour palettes and bare-all light fixtures. This warehouse style finish can also incorporate other styles for a point of difference. Many high end apartments and homes use elements of industrial design by including vintage furniture and surfaces of stainless steel. When it comes to industrial light fixtures there are certain key elements to be aware of. In recent decades the light bulb has been seen by many designers as something to hide. In fact, Poul Henningsen, one of the most well known lighting designers spent his entire life’s work dedicated to designing pendant lamps that completely encased the light source inside them. It was his theory that no glare should ever be created by lights, and his designs reflected this principle. Industrial lighting designs don’t always completely go against this, but many do, seeing the globe itself as a sight to behold. This also gives a vintage vibe to these light fixtures that feature elements that hark back to the days of old. Blown glass pendants that encase the light bulb without concealing it provide a warm and nostalgic atmosphere in kitchens and living spaces. Experiment with different shapes and tinted glass pendant lights to bring a splash of vibrant colour to any room. For a more classic approach try industrial wire bulb cages. In tones of warm copper or modern black, these pendant lamps seem to embody the industrial style effortlessly. These bulb cages come in all different shapes and sizes, and while some are ideal for home interiors others have been specifically manufactured for use in cafes, restaurants and bars. It’s often the bulbs that make all of the difference here so choose something that’ll emit a warm, ambient light to compliment your home and create mood and atmosphere. Steer clear of bulbs with cool white tones and opt for warm white lights that emit an even glow across the room. For a more vintage feel compliment your raw industrial lighting with upcycled furniture accents and accessories to create an authentic industrial look that’s both inviting and edgy. Or if you want to emulate a more modern industrial feel look towards kitchen and living room elements that are reminiscent of commercial...

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Kitchens That Get Better For Living In

The kitchen is the hub of the home and it is often the room we remember as being the place where we were nurtured as children, where we learned about family life and where we saw food prepared and brought to the table. The trend in kitchen design has been towards a streamlined look with high gloss cabinetry and granite work tops. Improvements in kitchen technology have given us: large deep drawers that close quietly with a gentle nudge plug sockets that pop up from work surfaces when required extractor fans that seem to hover in space, and surfaces that have ‘easy to clean’ written all over them I wonder if kitchens are becoming sterile and characterless? Have we gone a step too far and designed all the love out of them? When I met internationally famous kitchen designer Johnny Grey earlier this year he said that the kitchen has to be a friendly space, a place to be lived in where clutter is evidence of family life and where creativity should be encouraged. I found his words inspiring because I’m forever trying to tidy up and put away and keep work surfaces clear. His ideas inform his designs so that they contain ledges for putting things on, little round tables for kids to sit around, a corner here and there for a book or some papers and somewhere to perch and rest while the potatoes are boiling. You can have a modern design with simple lines and smart styling but you don’t need to remove visible signs of your family’s story. So, breathe easy, you can leave the kiddies drawings on the fridge and have the jar of coffee on view along with last night’s opened bottle of wine. In the design world we often describe certain materials as ‘forgiving’ and I think these kitchens are just that! Here are a few images I think work well with this philosophy. They will still look good with crumbs on the work surface, finger marks on the doors and scuffs on the floor. How do you rate your kitchen for...

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