Sep 122012
 

Dots are every­where at the moment, both in fash­ion, decor and interiors.

Polka dots have been trendy for quite some time now. This pat­tern isn’t new and it comes & goes, but there’s still some­thing time­less and clas­sic about a good polka dot print.

It doesn’t have to be lim­ited to nurs­eries and kids rooms either.  When used in the right way in the right scale, polka dots can add a whim­si­cal touch with­out mak­ing a space feel too “young”.  Inte­ri­ors are incor­po­rat­ing the polka dot pat­tern in a more sophis­ti­cated way now.  There is indeed a way to make this fun pat­tern part of your decor while still keep­ing things some­what “grown-up.”

Dots

Rugs are a great way to intro­duce the pat­tern into your decor.  A neu­tral colour anchors the space and doesn’t make it too busy

Dots

Casual, fresh and Edgy

Sophis­ti­cated in this bedroom

Adding a fun ele­ment to the bathroom

A whim­si­cal touch

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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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Aug 092012
 

Adding the sharp-edged forms of Geo­met­ric shapes to your room is a great way to keep things interesting.

Many of the new wire forms act as a frame to the neg­a­tive space that exists beyond the piece. Here are some hot exam­ples of cur­rent geo­met­ric shapes that trans­form even tra­di­tional rooms with curi­ous contradiction.

Geometric shapes

 Here the sharp-edged forms add the nec­es­sary visual inter­est to an oth­er­wise plain room

Source: vartnyahem.se

 A restricted, neu­tral palette allows the sketched nature of this light fix­ture to pop.

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The sharp con­trast between the gen­tle curve of the ottomans and the jagged edges of the car­pet is echoed in the art and the throw pil­lows.

 Tiles have been cel­e­brat­ing geo­met­ric pat­terns for more than a cen­tury. This mod­ern take plays won­der­fully with the metallics & mirror.

The Lind­sey Adel­man chan­de­lier is at once organic and graphic, and for that rea­son it suits any style of room.

This chan­de­lier is a wire-frame won­der in a con­ven­tional form. It looks dig­i­tal and ele­gant, and right at home in this ornate Vic­to­rian bath.

Source: living.msn.com

 

Whether you take the Gutsy or con­ser­v­a­tive approach, there’s a way to incor­po­rate geo­met­rics into your design or interior.

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Jul 242012
 

X-base fur­ni­ture has been around for decades, and you can find it in many styles from tra­di­tional to coun­try, mid-century to contemporary.

Choos­ing a piece for your home in the X-base style is a smart design choice and a pleas­ing alter­na­tive that brings con­trast to the pedestal or straight leg style found in most fur­ni­ture with legs.

X-base Furniture

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The din­ing room is a fan­tas­tic place for an X base table, espe­cially when the design choice includes break­ing up a set and choos­ing seat­ing of a dif­fer­ent style.

X-base Furniture

 

X-base Furniture

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The end of the bed is the per­fect place a set of uphol­stered X benches which pro­vide the func­tion of a place to toss blan­kets or dec­o­ra­tive pil­lows not used dur­ing hours of slumber.

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The X base desk is a sleek style choice for a sophis­ti­cated home office.

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