Sunday, April 16, 2017

Easter Decor

Happy Easter everyone! Spring is in full blossom, but who said that Easter decor can only be pastel coloured? I chose a bit of a Scandinavian approach to this year's decor with all the white flowers, black and white graphic patterns, blackboard and natural wood. It is a very subtle but sophisticated look for this time of the year. Enjoy!
Interior Moodboard

Friday, April 14, 2017

Styling Greenery - 3

My last take on greenery. As I mentioned, you can bring colour into your home in three ways. The easiest - and arguably the most budget friendly - way to refresh your home is getting new accessories. (Painting your wall could be another - although more expensive - option, if you don't mind the fuss.) You can replace paintings, small tables, cushions and decorative objects any time with new ones, thus creating new atmosphere from time to time. 
Green looks lovely with pink and purple, but again I found that greenery simply needs some black to stand out, to really show its vibe. I found this beautiful rug with worn effect, and immediately employed it because the white pattern makes it so much lighter and more playful. Should it be plain without pattern, I would have considered too much in this colour. 
The overall effect is light, eclectic, slightly bohemian and utterly cheerful. 

Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Styling Greenery - 2

I promised another styling for greenery, Pantone trend colour of 2017. This time the styling is made for a man, who owns a lofty, industrial-style apartment. 
Compared to my previous moodboard, now greenery appears on a smaller surface, namely the armchair bean bag, backed by some cushions and a lamp. 
Apart from these colour spots we only see black, distressed wood, metal and brick, all signature elements of loft style. As green is the only colour used, the overall effect is more sophisticated, but still fresh. Wall marquees and a tripod lamp complete the industrial look. 
I would like you to notice the sofa. Michel Ducaroy designed it for Ligne Roset in 1973. It is very 70s, but this time I resisted the temptation to style it in a retro way, and rather enchanced its comfy feel. 
The next and last look for greenery - no surprise here - is going to be designed for a lady. Stay tuned, it is coming on Friday!
Interior Moodboard

Sunday, April 9, 2017

Styling Greenery - 1

Whenever you use colour in interiors, you have to decide how much you want to see of it. The brightness of the colour can be an important deciding factor - a bright colour attracts the eye and over time you may grow tired of it. However, it should not deter you from using them, if it is what you want. As I said in my previous post I have been inspired by Douglas Elliman Florida to share my thoughts on the best way to utilize the colour of the year. And as this year's trend colour is greenery, we got some really vibrant hue to style an interior with!

In interiors you can use colour on three surfaces:
1 - walls, rugs, carpets - they are huge surfaces with big impact
2 - furniture (beware, a big kitchen unit might have similar effect to a sizeable wall)
3 - accessories (including small furniture)

For this moodboard, I chose a sofa in bright green. Once you have a green sofa, especially a bright one, it is already vibrant enough for the room, but I brought it back in the pattern of the wallpaper. I strongly advise using a wallpaper like this on one wall or on a smaller part of the wall only, and preferably not fully behind the sofa.

A colour can be paired with other colours (just one or two), or can be the only one to stand out from neutrals. If you have one bright colour, you may want it to stand against a toned down shade; if you have a light colour, it may look good against a dark one. Greenery is bright and relatively light. For this moodboard I paired it with dark blue, together they create a youthful but a bit serious atmosphere. 
I found these colours and the hexagonal patterns might be too strict for a home, but could look very good in an office environment, in the waiting area, teamed with greys, white and black. 
In my next post I will show you a possible styling for a masculine interior. 
Colour Greenery Interior Mood Board

Friday, April 7, 2017

Pantone Colour 2017 - Greenery

I am almost late with a post on Pantone's choice of colour for 2017. In fact, I have been inspired by a noted real estate company, Douglas Elliman Florida in connection with their greenery project.
Good companies always take care of their clients; great companies always offer more than you would expect. Any good real estate company knows what they offer is much more than an apartment or a house - they are here to find your new home. And a home is never complete without the owner's personality and style. And style is always influenced by trends.
I am happy to introduce you this year's trend colour called greenery, a refreshing and bright shade of yellow-green. As Pantone says, greenery is symbolic of new beginnings. As spring is a new beginning, too, this post is just on time. 
It is also said that greenery is nature's neutral. In interior design, however, it is just the opposite. It is a very bright colour. and although we do love spending time outdoors, enjoying lush greens around us, having only greens in our home can be overwhelming. With the help of real plants you can easily bring green into your home, but if you think you it is just not enough, in my next three posts I will show you several possible ways to style the colour of 2017. 
Pantone Colour 2017 - Greenery Mood Board

Sunday, March 26, 2017

Concrete Styling

This is the last winter-themed moodboard for a while, so let's send off the cold season in style! 
Conrete look is still trendy, however, some percieve it as cold and find it difficult to warm up to (ha!). This is not how it should be, though. Concrete surfaces or materials are just parts of the interior, and it is up to you how you use it. It is all about the styling. 
In the upper left corner what you see is a nordic style interior with concrete walls and a concrete look coffee table. It is a calming setting with grey tones. It is all well and cool, but what if you say that it is too much conrete? Well, I say let's change a couple of things then. Should you replace the coffee table with a black one, you already have some contrast. I would add other accessories in black (like this lamp) so that the table will not be the only item in black. I chose a soft grey shaggy rug for comfort and for texture, in sharp contrast with the bare concrete walls. To spice up things a bit I picked gold cushions, golden yellow throw and shiny chocolate brown pouf. Concrete vases bring back the look of the wall and glass provides the sparkle. 
Concrete looks the best when the pure beauty of this material is visible; but if you look it as a grey surface only, there are endless ways to style it. 

Concrete Design Interior Mood Board

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Spring Moodboard

Now, this is such an obvious spring theme - flowers. This time I chose a muted colour palette with creme, purple, green and hints of brass/gold. The style is light, yet very mature and sophisticated. The flower theme is not overwhelming, because the colours are pale on the biggest surface they are used on - the wallpaper. Notice the change of scale between the lamp and the wallpaper - it is a good way to enhance the lamp. 
To me, it looks like a drawing room in some elegant mansion or town house. Enjoy!
Interior Moodboard