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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 312012
 

Loving the new collection by Ferm Living.

If you’re still wondering how to incorporate the geometrics trend, you’ll find some more inspiration here.

Ferm Living

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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

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 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.

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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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