Aug 222012

Our favourite colour for the bed­room? It’s Blue. Since we started off the week with Plascon’s Colour fore­cast, I thought we’ll con­tinue with colour.

The lat­est issue of House Beau­ti­ful (Sep­tem­ber 2012), cen­tres around colour. They sur­veyed thou­sands of design­ers, their read­ers & blog­gers across Amer­ica on colour pref­er­ence, trends, and more. The favored paint color for the bed­room turned out to be BLUE. Since blue is such a calm, sooth­ing colour, I sup­pose this is hardly sur­pris­ing. Who doesn’t want their bed­room to be a place where they can unwind and relax?

For today’s post, some bed­rooms in var­i­ous shades of blue — from the dark navies to light pow­dery blue — and some with just pops of blue.

What colour is your bed­room? I have to be hon­est and say ours is grey and white with just the slight­est touch of mus­tard & aqua (hardly noti­ci­ble con­sid­er­ing the blue to fol­low). If I had to go with blue it would def­i­nitely veer towards the darker shades!

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Aug 202012

Plascon’s decor trend predictions.

The much-anticipated Plas­con colour fore­cast for 2013 was offi­cially announced at Decorex SA and this year the focus is on Bal­ance. Colour trends are influ­enced by the mood of soci­ety; we are drawn to colours that reflect how we feel. Prompted by the chaos of a con­stantly chang­ing world 2013’s colours aim to bring calm and sta­bil­ity through four key colour themes.

Headed up by Plascon’s colour man­ager Anne Roselt, the annual fore­cast takes its cue from cur­rent trends across the globe. The cur­rent selec­tion called for a panel of experts includ­ing Leatrice Eise­man, exec­u­tive direc­tor of the Pan­tone Colour Insti­tute and local style author­i­ties Lau­rence Brick, Cathy O’ Cleary, Jodi Robert­son and Themba Mngomezulu.

Four key themes form the core of Balance:

Sim­plic­ity: the focus here is on peace, opti­mism and nature with serene light white hues, sparkly metallics and deep greens.

Plascon Colour Forecast


Key Influ­ences: Every­day escape, under­stated ele­gance, raw tex­tures, cop­per, antique gold and sil­ver, safari chic, mod­ern sanc­tu­ary spaces.

Con­trast: think con­tem­pla­tive blues and greys which impart a notion of being cen­tred, while pops of ener­getic pink and yel­low up the ante bring­ing bal­ance through con­trast. Light and dark denim blues are also included in the palette.


Key influ­ences: 50s urban chic, colour defined spaces, vin­tage brights, sophis­ti­cated energy, optimism.

Pause: draw­ing on an aware­ness of the here and now and the neces­sity to think of one’s own needs, shades lean toward light and fem­i­nine tones, nos­tal­gic yet contemporary.

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Key Influ­ences: Icy tones, Great Gatsby, 1920s, shim­mer and sparkle, nos­tal­gia, soft and subtle.

Dare: the more vibrant of the themes, call­ing on energy and moti­va­tion for inspi­ra­tion. The result is a col­lec­tion of shades that aims to lift the spirits.

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Key Influ­ences: Afro-chic, colour-blocked geo­met­rics, folk-inspired art and craft, retro brights, bold minimalism.

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Jul 052012

New shades and tones have sown the seeds of a mus­tard revival, and rooms every­where are reap­ing the benefit.

Mus­tard has gone from dated to dash­ing. Yel­low can be a dif­fi­cult color to work with, but the browns in mus­tard make it a lit­tle eas­ier to approach. Need proof? Just look at the var­ied per­son­al­i­ties that mus­tard takes on below.

Muted. Deep gray keeps a mus­tard cov­er­let and pil­lows in check, pre­serv­ing this bedroom’s quiet air.

Sub­tle. Add a splash of colour to an all-white scheme.

Strong.To pull off a yel­low sofa, you need a room to stand up to the impact. These graphic schemes rises to the challenge.
Mod. Deep mus­tard yel­low, a clas­sic mid-century hue, per­fectly com­ple­ments the retro atti­tude of this liv­ing area and reflects the golden floor­ing color.

The per­fect foil for the graph­i­cal pat­tern in the curtains

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Glam. Mustard-yellow adds a swanky top note

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For­mal.Mus­tard shows its tra­di­tional side in this gra­cious liv­ing room
Cheery. This yel­low door sim­ply beams, draw­ing vis­i­tors right in.

Eclec­tic. It’s hard to imag­ine another wall color that would look as fit­ting as mus­tard does in this casual bed­room. It’s just off­beat enough to sup­port the whim­si­cal gallery wall.

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Jun 042012

Tone-on-tone dec­o­rat­ing refers to com­bin­ing dif­fer­ent tonal vari­a­tions of the same color.  Whether you lean towards the calm­ing greens of jade, moss, mint, apple and emer­ald for your bed­room or would love your liv­ing room to be awash with blues that are as deep as the ocean or as light as the sky, dec­o­rat­ing with these colours tone-on-tone will evoke a con­nec­tion with nature like no other will.


Work­ing with har­mo­nious nat­ural wood tones is so fresh. Unless your inten­tion is rus­tic wood cabin, keep your eye out for con­tem­po­rary pieces of fur­ni­ture or items with a mod­ern twist.  Try using the nat­ural hues of wood as an accent among the blues or greens. Grey also works well and adds a refined appeal. A throw rug in a steely grey tossed across the back of a chair, stainless-steel benches, polished-concrete floors or chunky rugs that run from grey into grey-blue would all be right at home.

tone-on-tone decorating

tone-on-tone decorating

Pan­els of highly grained tim­ber are beau­ti­ful back­drops for lighter cab­i­nets or tim­ber cut-outs, which are afford­able pieces of art in them­selves. Wood is so tac­tile that col­lect­ing spe­cial pieces can become quite an obsession.

Blue and green tones

There’s a grow­ing global trend for har­mo­nious colour com­bi­na­tions, par­tic­u­larly using tones of blue with other tones of blue as well as shades of green with green. Mix­ing it up with nat­ural ele­ments such as tim­ber, which itself has lots of vari­a­tions in both colour and tex­ture, relaxes the look, mak­ing it a per­fect palette for the way we live in South Africa.

The key to mak­ing this work is bal­ance. Pat­tern is won­der­ful but aim for a ratio of 30 per cent pat­tern against 70 per cent plain if you want the space to feel calm. Tex­ture, be it in the scuffed-up paint on a trea­sured kitchen chair or the mot­tled pig­ment of a chalky wall, adds warmth through the sug­ges­tion of age. Bring in a breath of fresh, sea­sonal air with flow­ers in shades of the same colour: think hydrangea, corn­flower, iris and laven­der for starters.

All shades of blue work well together. Deep inky blues off­set turquoise shades and a dash of white bright­ens everything.

tone-on-tone decorating

Blue, in all its forms, be it cobalt, navy, royal, aqua or eggshell, is a med­i­ta­tive colour and green evokes har­mony, mak­ing both per­fect for a bedroom.

For­est, cit­rus and emer­ald greens sparkle when grouped in dis­plays of glass or dishes piled high on open shelves. Liv­ing with blues and greens isn’t about match­ing shades, as the effect may look con­trived. It’s the sub­tle con­trast between colours that makes this tone-on-tone approach so refresh­ing. It’s a great start­ing point for any dec­o­rat­ing experiment.

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Apr 162012

Hello, every­one! It’s Mari here from Design Shuf­fle, a fab­u­lous online com­mu­nity for inte­rior design­ers and design lovers from around the world. Being a writer for Design Shuf­fle allows me to visit great inte­rior design blogs like Lily & Rose as a guest blog­ger. Today’s design inspi­ra­tion topic is cre­at­ing mood in liv­ing spaces. Often, when the phrase “mood in inte­rior design” is used, it refers to set­ting a roman­tic mood, but mood is so much more than that. The mood or feel of a home’s envi­ron­ment can have a pos­i­tive effect on those who live there. Color palette, light­ing, space, flow and even pat­tern and tex­ture can affect the mood in inte­rior designs. Here are eight inter­est­ing ways to cre­ate mood in design. Please enjoy!

Design Mood
Though this beau­ti­ful nat­ural envi­ron­ment is mood-setting in itself, the wide open glass “walls” and the blue and white of the draperies rein­forces that uniquely spe­cial mood that only the sea can cre­ate.
Design Mood
Another blue space takes on an entirely dif­fer­ent mood than the one pic­tured above. A rus­tic and invit­ing space wel­comes fam­ily and vis­i­tors imme­di­ately as they enter this lovely foyer.
Design Mood
A chic, some­what mas­cu­line, din­ing space is infused with a whim­si­cal, light-hearted mood by the addi­tion of a totally unex­pected hang­ing light fix­ture. I love the mix of con­tem­po­rary fur­nish­ings and beau­ti­ful tra­di­tional archi­tec­tural ele­ments.
Design Mood
We don’t often think of mood when dis­cussing kitchen design ideas, but some­thing as sim­ple as this irre­sistible tin con­tainer and pot­ted plant can imbue a space with a bright cheer­ful feel.

Design Mood
This home office includes a spe­cial children’s area that sets the mood for quiet play and read­ing. Col­or­ful happy liv­ing envi­ron­ments help chil­dren and adults thrive.
Design Mood
Cre­at­ing a mood for relax­ation is one of the most sought after ele­ments in the mas­ter bath. Soft col­ors, crys­tal chan­de­lier, a deep soak­ing tub and even the small vase of pink flow­ers cre­ate that cov­eted retreat-like atmos­phere in this spa­cious bath­room.
Design Mood

Though excep­tion­ally for­mal, this pale sit­ting room takes on the per­fect mood for ele­gantly relaxed enter­tain­ing. How lovely is the chan­de­lier dropped from a sil­very domed ceiling?

This gor­geous black, white and gold bed­room design cre­ates a slightly glam ver­sion of bed­room as retreat. The mood is all about lux­u­ri­ous relax­ation. What a suc­cess­ful inte­rior design has been cre­ated here—spellbinding!

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