Pantone colour of the year 2018 is Ultra Violet. When it comes to shades like violets and purples in home decor; you'll either love it or you'll never warm up to them. A reason for this is that violet and its related shades are not quite common and are pretty dramatic, especially in interior design. When designers do use violet, they do so subtly in patterns on fabrics, cushioning, flowing velvet drapes or as single purple chair in a living room. While many may think a deep violet is melancholy, it can also be playful in its references to science and space travel. For example, pair ultra violet with metallic to elicit a whimsical and celestial atmosphere. To show just how versatile and protean ultra violet is, let's take a look at how the color purple and its varying hues has been used to decorate some of the most beautiful rental homes around the world!
1. PARIS, FRANCE - Rue Paul Valéry, Paris
It is true that many of the homes in Paris have retained their centuries old character but even then, the homeowners have found a way to add in colored furniture and sparing touches to add in personality and a modern take for chic living.
2. PARIS - Boulevard Raspail IV, Quartier Latin, Left Bank –
Modernize your classics by adding a touch of violet in your living space for a trivialize yet elegant and sophisticated touch.
Ultra violet is not only made to be used in main rooms of the house but also children's rooms! It's a modern trend and trust me when I tell you that your lovely kids will love this shade in their playrooms.
4. ROME, ITALY - Via della Scala, Trastevere-Gianicolo, Rome
As you can see from here, Ultra Violet furnitures can actually make a really huge statement! Especially when you fins a rug that is in a similar shade that will perfectly compliment everything.
5. ROME - Via dei Volsci, Monti-San Lorenzo, Rome
This is a quote by Eleonora Valle who says: 'Italy has produced some of the world's most accomplished creatives, and our homes in this region take care in celebrating the work of artist's past and present. Whether that's in an oil painting or a quirky take on garden steps, in Rome ultra violet is a color medium for artistic expression.'
6. LONDON, UNITED KINGDOM - Duncan Terrace, Islington, North London
The matching of the plush sofa and the majestic chandelier in differing grades of the colour purple works so perfectly well in this quaint English home.
7. LONDON - Park Walk IV, Chelsea, London
The color Ultra Violet is so daringly used here to cover the walls in this narrow dining hall which is beautifully complemented with gold accents for a whole regal look.
8. LONDON - Priory Road, West Hampstead, London
A bold, velvet couch is the perfect statement piece for a home in the middle of an incredibly social and fashionable city like London where stylish meets comfort.
9. NEW YORK, UNITED STATES - Park Avenue Mansion, Upper East Side, Manhattan
The quirky color combination of dark green and violet works perfectly in a lounge that is full of character for the bold and audacious!
10. NEW YORK - Finn Place II, Tribeca, New York
What a better way to stand out than to add a dramatic flare by using unusual colored tiles for your lovely bathroom while also incorporating an intricate design? A bathroom, which in most cases is left stark and white, can be instantly sublimed with a bold tile and color accents!
Raise your hand if your bedside table is actually your dumping ground for whatever things that you have on your hand when you get ready for bed. Well, more often than not we take for granted just how necessary it is. Your bedside table should really be an aesthetic decor for the eyes as it’s one of the first things you see when you wake up and the last thing you see before hitting the sack at night! Show some love towards it and transform your bedside table into a reflection of your personal classy, chic and elegant or even quirky style, giving it the attention it so rightfully deserves. Trust me, it makes a difference to how you start your morning and you'll be happier about it.
Most rooms already have a colour scheme or a specific look to follow e.g. contemporary, rustic, vibrant. Plan out what kind you’re going for, what sets your mood, what theme you’d like and vibe you want to project and from there, create.
Tables come in many forms so pick wisely based on your needs. Sometimes you may need extra storage space so an ideal table would be one with drawers or space that allows you to store items like your favourite books, pens and notebooks to write down last minute ideas, snacks although snacking in the middle of the night is never ideal but sometimes you just get hungry! Either way, make sure you check the sizing to suit the look you want for the room and for yourself!
A lot of people, including me like having a night lamp (I love those weirdly shaped ones which intrigued me) for when I want to finish reading or jotting down last minute ideas and dreams that I want to remember when I wake up in the middle of the night while still in bed. Here's when a bedside table comes in handy as we're half blind in the dark anyways. Gone are the days of lamps being just you know, functional and bland, they now come with fashion and flair. From different colors and designs, there's tons to pick from.
KEEP IT SIMPLE
Travel back to basics and try not to overdo the entire set up for the beside table. The idea is to keep it minimalistic, chic and still serve its purpose as a space to keep your bedtime necessities. A cluttered table is never ideal and never let's be honest, aesthetic, so arrange your items to create a more neat and simple look.
There's always a few must have items by your bedside that calms you or help make life easier for you. For me, it's always my really loud alarm clock so that I won't snooze it and drift back into dreamland, a bottle of water in case I get thirsty in the middle of the night and a selected indoor plant to bring in some fresh air.
The actual best part of decorating anything at all is being able to add my own personal touch, making the space my very own! In this case, scented candles and fresh flowers are a great way to add fragrance as well as fill up the space with something beautiful to look at. If that's too feminine for you, step it up a notch by adding a sculpture or artwork that inspires you to be productive every morning when you wake up. Either way, the goal is to create a look that you'd love waking up to and feast your eyes on.
There’s a lot of talk going on in the flooring industry right now and you and I both know that tile is where it all begins as it has always been a huge part of the interior design world.
There's not only tons of modern, chic tile trends to choose from, but tile itself is trending in a big way. The best way you do it is to choose something well-made and stylish that will stay in style for the lifetime of your floor. Here's just a few of my favorite floor home tile trends that I wanted to share with you all!
The chevron pattern is a fabulous yet bold pattern that has a significant upshot on any room. It is very much like a herringbone pattern which is like a zig-zag of v’s on the floor. The pattern is almost mesmerizing in appearance and gives off a retro vibe too! Even with its bold and daring design, it'll fit right inside the most serene of homes.
And you're probably aware, it is not approved to install wood flooring in wet and warm areas as it can damage the material and ruin your floor. So by using the chevron effect tiles you can be right on trend to imitate or create a wood effect for your interior and sleep easier at night having the knowledge that your floor isn’t going to expand or become warped one day when you wake up!
Now you've known about matte colored cars, matte phones and even matte lipsticks but here's the new thing: matte tiles! These tiles shows sophistication, modernism, and keeps the dirt hidden - an all round winner.
Matte tiles also provides great grip and traction and blend in really well with the increasingly popular industrial trend. They’re perfect for bathrooms and wet-rooms and are the perfect combination if you’re looking to create the traditional/rustic infused with a splash of contemporary appearance within a room.
The tile nominated for the most classy, timeless, and elegant look award. Natural marble is soft and porous, susceptible to rings and challenging to keep clean. That’s the reason so many homeowners and interior designers choose tile for their floorings instead of natural marble.
Marble tiles have a great way of allowing light to bounce around a room, almost like a mirror effect. This is basically the reason why they’re so customarily used in bathrooms as they make the space seem bigger and lighter than it is!
This is definitely my favorite type of tile and if I ever want to remodel my flooring, you can bet that patterned tiles are gonna be my absolute go-to tile! Patterned tiles have gone from strong to strongest in adding substance and color to the floor in a room. With an endless amount of patterns and designs available you are given total free reign when it comes to making a room your own. But just what is the right way to do it without it being “too much”?
To be honest, I really don't think there is such a thing as "too much" when it comes to patterned floors. Making a statement and showing off your personality with your home decor is all the rage and it definitely shows the real you! One of the best ideas I've ever gotten with utilizing patterned floors is to install them right at the front door area of your house. That way it will surely be the first focal point for your guests and it'll up the wow factor.
So you just got yourself a fresh bouquet of gorgeous flower arrangement from the farmer's market, only to come home and place it in a vase that doesn't do it justice at all! While it's fun to pair, mix and match different types and colors of blooms to suit your taste and liking, the real deal come from the vases and containers that the bouquets will be living in. I've recently read up on how certain blooms pair best with certain vases (safe to say that I've experienced the struggle too) and here's the matches that works best together! So the next time you take home one, you'll know precisely the perfect way to showcase it.
A mason jar is a simple and quirky way to showcase the bold and cheerful sunflower! Plus you can even decorate your mason jars beforehand for a flair of creativity!
If you're a sunflower lover, you'll know that actual sunflowers are known to grow up to 12 feet tall! So using a tall vase not only shows how stunning they are but also ensures that they won't topple over.
These containers give it the perfect rusty feel which pairs nicely with the carefree, laid back sunflower. If you're looking for farmhouse cottage vibes then this pairing is definitely for you!
Fit and Flare
The fit and flare is the best vase to stylishly show off a slightly fuller rose bouquet. Works best with different coloured roses!
Roses are definitely statement flowers, so pair it with elegant shapes like the trumpet to up the luxe and wow factor.
Nothing shows off the timeless grace of roses more than an old fashioned vintage vase that you've uncovered from the basement.
Carnations are perfect for a small bubble bowl for its short and sturdy stems that can be cut to any length without harming them!
There's only one lone carnation here but a short vase actually adds more control to a larger bouquet of carnations.
Vintage Patterned Vases
It's a quirky match of the retro carnations with a beautifully patterned vase.
The square vase is the perfect vase for lilies to blossom into a full bouquet that is sure to intrigued your guests.
Tall Slender Vase
Lilies are known to require fresh water daily and a tall and slender vase allows for easy refills and less spillage.
For those of you who prefers or have a smaller bouquet, this vase is perfect and looks super cute for the full blooms!
A tall square vase will show off the elegant stems of your fresh orchids!
Oval Round Vase
The rounded shape at the bottom of the vase encourages the elegant curve of an orchid stem.
By placing these stunning flowers inside a small, slim vase, the flowers do all the talking!
What do you do if you're a pet lover but also want your home to be a greenhouse because of your love for plants? Are you afraid that choosing the wrong plant will create toxic vibes for your furry friends? Or worse, get them sent straight to the ER?
Well fret not for all it needs is just a lil' bit of know-how and label-reading to give you an idea on which plants are safe for your furry friends. And the best thing of all, these plants look so chic they fit right into your stylish home!
Staghorn Ferns are large, bifurcated fronds that shoot out dramatically from the center of the plant and it really is an amazing vegan alternative if you're not the type to hang innocent dead animals up on your walls. These fuzzy ferns look best mounted on wooden boards finished with vintage burlap to give it a rustic, farmhouse feel. Or just put it in a quirky pot for an au naturel vibe! They’re neat and are completely safe for pets and are absolutely stunning. They also like high humidity and medium light, and not direct sunlight and caring for them is just a simple misting 1-2 times a week or if it's in a pot, water it once a week.
Don't worry, just because it's called a spider plant doesn't mean it's going to turn into a big hairy spider at night and crawl into your bed! This foliage with long, spiky leaves just demands to be noticed. Think dramatic but without overdoing it. More mature spider plants have small white flowers that looks super cute. If you want your spider plant to thrive, give them access to bright light and water them generously through summer. Just make sure you dry them out between waterings. The spider plant’s ability to produce dangling ‘plantlets’ also makes it ideal for hanging baskets. Plus points: your pets can actually play with its "dangly fingers" when they run out of squeaky toys!
These are definitely one of my all time favorite! These colorful, tufty little buddies just look so bright and cheerful for the soul. They might look spiky but they actually work pretty well as scratching posts for those itchy paws! They’re super cute, and look best when they're paired up with other pet safe succulents or grouped together. Basic care is pretty, well, basic so they're probably going to be the easiest plant you'll ever take care of. Let dry out completely and water once or twice a week. Remember, these usually live in a desert so they are pretty hydrated.
Lemon Button Fern
Also known as the Fishbone Fern, with its delicate arching stems lines with tiny leaves and button-like foliage, the Lemon Button Fern is the perfect accent piece for a shelf or tabletop. It is also said to smell slightly lemony when you crush the leaves hence the name. This dainty, yet eye-catching plant makes it an ideal houseplant as it does not appreciate direct light and it's also super pet friendly! Best to keep the soil moist without over-saturating the plant.
Surely all you ever wanted to do is to add some tropical greenery into your interior, but obviously a quick internet search attempt reveals that your tropical plant of choice is malignant to your furry family members. Well search no more for the tall, lanky Areca Palm is a safe option and makes the chicest houseplant ever. Notable for its air-purifying effects, it is relatively easy to care for. Just try not to over-water the plant, but it’s a good idea to hydrate it when the soil below the surface begins to feel a tad bit dry.
Areca is the kind of plant you can flaunt with joy in a big pot such as a colorful patterned one for a fun effect or a metallic one for that modern look. Talk about an instant focal point for the room, one your guests will surely marvel at!
Yes, Mother's Day is over. So what! This magnificent lady in our lives, called 'mother' needs to be cherished, delighted and cared for, the whole year through - for she surely deserve it!
Honestly speaking, what a Mum really wants for Mother's Day, or for her birthday, or for any other special day dedicated for her, is definitely a morning off! So what is sweeter than to start off a day for her with a scrumptious breakfast-in-bed surprise!
Well, but make sure you do that after letting her sleep in obviously! You don't want her being cranky the whole day haha!
And trust me, she will never see it coming because imagine how delightful it is to wake up to the smell of freshly cooked bacon and eggs with gingerbread french toast, a towering plate of the softest and fluffiest pancakes and also a steaming hot cup of her favorite coffee, tea or juice.
Okay boys and girls, here's the step-by-step tutorial. Who's ready?
STEP 1 : Get Yourself A Lovely Tray
The best thing is that you can even DIY a special tray yourself which makes it even cuter! For example, you can use an unused wooden crate box.
Or an old suitcase box and line it up with wallpaper and wrapping paper scraps.
LEVEL 2 : FOOD!
The food, is no doubt the most important part of the ordeal.
Pancakes For The Soul
Get the full recipe here!
Creamy Italian Baked Eggs
The Perfect Soft Boiled Eggs
The most delicious thing ever. Soft boiled eggs on avocado toast!
Soft boiled eggs are also a plus point as you can transport it in adorable little cups.
Beautiful Yoghurt Parfait With Granola
Not only are they pleasing to the eyes, but they taste as good as they look too! Head on over here for the recipe!
BASE 3 : DRINKS
The Perfect Cocktail
Give your mum a little pick me up with this low-alcohol cocktail!
Smoothie Of The Day
The perfect boost for the strongest woman in your life.
Tea With A Queen's Teacup
Another great idea is to serve tea in a tea cup that doubles as a gift!
And the same goes to the tea pots!
LAST BUT NOT LEAST : FLOWERS
Especially Pretty Vases That She Can Keep Her Flowers In
If you're on a budget you can try your hand at these paper flower crafts! The best thing is that they last forever just like your mother's love for you.
And it's done! The good news is that no matter how it looks like or how everything tastes, it's the thought that counts and your Mother will surely be glad for the effort that you've put in for her.
Isn’t earth magnificent? You do not have to label yourself as an environmentalist to agree on that. With the prevailing environmental conditions that have caught the eyes of the politicians; whether they do believe in global warming or not, it is an issue we do not need confirmation for because we feel it changing everyday. Not everyone would be willing to go out into the streets to spread awareness about the matter, but we can do that from our home. Setting examples to your kids or even is an interesting topic to talk about with your peers while sipping on a glass of red wine. Don’t be fooled because these may be minor adjustments, but they have major impacts.
It is a fact that very few people are actually capable of keeping plants alive and the rest of us let the fact slip our heads that these oxygen-producing things need water and sunlight as well. Put a reminder if you need to, but watering plants can easily be a part of your routine if you are committed to it. What would be game-changing is low light houseplants! Starting with ZZ Plant, which is a death-proof houseplant (to a certain extent), Ferns, Snake Plant, and Pothos. A number of the most common houseplants with the lowest maintenance needed as possible. Aside from giving your living space the nature touch it needs, you are doing the world good.
Something as simple as choosing the right kind of lightbulbs to use can be crucial. Electricity plays an important role in contributing to global warming. Opting for LED light bulbs is always the better option. As much as one can love a dimmable light bulb to achieve that romantic and more zen vibe, it is not the most environment friendly.
Let’s apply the ‘Reduce, Reuse and Recycle’ mantra into your home. Reduce your waste, starting from purchasing more organic foods rather than processed ones to eliminate excessive packaging. If you are bored of your old furniture, considering donating them to a new home, thus someone else can reuse it. Opting for vintage furniture, you are basically reusing someone else’s, congrats! It does not end there, by definition, recycle means converting (waste) into so something reusable again. Here are some ideas to kick-start your imagination. From a humble ladder to a chic bookshelf and who knows you can hang your clothes with chairs?
There is a quote in the interior design world that says 'Interior design is making the best possible use of the available space.' And with that in mind, I began to reminisce about the days where I used to live in a one bedroom apartment. I've always had a knack for designing spaces, - mostly on a budget.
With the cost of living constantly on the rise, now more than ever, people are living in spaces of a smaller scale. That doesn't mean you have to live with minimal possessions. With the right solutions added to your own space, you can have the world at your fingertips in the most organised possible ways. Here are just a few ideas I think will help you organise your space tremendously. And I'm talking about functionality, aesthetically and emotionally. The solution is pretty simple:
Wall spaces should never go to waste if you're working with a small space. Wall shelves are the best way for one to maximise space whilst storing and displaying items in the home. These shelves come in all sorts of sizes and colours suited to your preference. They are also affordable. You can use a whole wall or place them on a desk or dresser.
All you need is a hammer and a bunch of nails to set the spots. The rest is all up to you. This functionally aesthetic idea is great for all corners of your home: bathrooms, kitchens, bedroom closets and more. Carefully nail the wall for your hooks. Or if you are feeling lazy, there are hooks with built-in tape so you can just seal it to the wall! You can hang many things, starting from your coats, pans, to mugs and bags! If you are feeling a little bit extra, you can always add on container baskets where you can fill and hang many more other miscellaneous objects you have laying around the house!
Watch your head because it is another wall shelf hack! Although this time you make sure that you place it above your head, and closer to the ceiling. This way, it is out of people’s eye-view. Solely for the things that you possibly wish to hide but also at the same time, you can get away with people thinking you have put in the extra mile to make your small space looking tidy!
These are just three ideas and tips to help you organise your space. No matter the size, there's always room for design!
Just moved into a new house or you just want to spice things up? Personalising your own home is like wearing clothes, on some days you may not want to put much effort on dressing up but you will always manage to give little hints of your personality. Either you want to go for a pastel theme or have a monochrome persona; make it scream You.
Wood or Tiles
Let’s start from the foundation. Flooring! The thought of changing the whole floor may seem like a lot of work, hence why vinyls exists. Vinyls will save a whole lot of human energy and is cost friendly too (always a plus!). Instead of going through the trouble of which kind of wood you want for your home, you can choose to go for vinyls that gives off a similar look. From the lightness of maple wood, to trusty old-fashioned oak wood.
With the famous attraction for tiles on social media like Instagram, everybody would be demanding to have pretty intricate tiles under their feet. Some may think that it is too overwhelming to have a mosaic-like textured pattern across the floor of their homes, but if you style your furnitures and rugs accordingly, you should be able to pull it off!
Paint or Wallpaper
All the furnitures and items have to look cohesive; hence why ‘cream’ or ‘beige’ are the most reliable colors in the market. The thought of having all the walls in the house painted with a bright color is scary. A solution to that is maybe only paint a couple of the walls around the house and leave some to a safe white. Settle for colors that will go with your house’s color palette, that will bring more dimensions into each rooms.
With wallpapers, the range of option is huge. From vintage to modern, you can get about anything that tailors into your own liking. And if you want the desired effect of a patterned wall without committing into having it on the entire wall, a vinyl wall art is a great alternative. Kismet Decals produces beautiful, cute and unique designs for removable wall stickers.
A Punch of Color
One of many key points to interior design is a color scheme. Whether it is unintentional or not, there would always be an established house color palette. It’s a good thing! Could be your favorite color or your loved ones, it’s a fact that colors can add up the extra mile for your home interior game. Adding colorful pillows and blankets on the sofa, changing up the bouquet of flowers, paintings across the walls, and a vintage wine-red drawer are only a couple of things that individualises a home. If you are still contemplating of which color to invest in, then the color trend predictions 2018 is the article for you!
There's something completely magical about iridescent tones — the way they glisten and display a beautiful array of colours. The luminous glow of pearls, bubbles as they float, the inside of seashells or even simple oil slicks create this cascade of brilliant colours, both mysterious and out of the world at the same time. Iridescent tones have caught the eye of the design world and have become essential for not just your wardrobe and makeup kit,but also for styling your home. It comes as no surprise tome that iridescent decor has made a huge come back recently, just this time taking it one notch higher with its hues and how tastefully they’re used for styling. Here are some of the trends that I've come across and think are a must for trend hunters and magical creatures alike.
Having the whole home decorated in iridescent designs can definitely bean overkill and could look like a sci-fi movie set gone wrong. Take into account that these are statement pieces and should stand out against something more simplified. If you do want something that really pops, I'd suggest a feature window or glass panel at home. You can even use it as a room partition. This way you actually get to be in your own little bubble — literally!
Statement pieces are always a must for me. Especially if you happen to be looking for furniture that you want to make an impact with. Pick one piece of furniture you'd like to highlight and get it in iridescent tones. Not only is it a great conversation starter, this piece will put you ahead of the decor game.
Though mostly seen on the windows of places of worship, stained glass can offer the same type of colour play in your home. Most commonly used as chimes or sun catchers, stained glass with natural light shining through, definitely allows you to get the complete prism of colours dancing around your home. It has since evolved into many different types of home decor, much to my delight. Now you can get a gorgeous mosaic decor piece to add a touch of magic to your room. A cheaper DIY alternative is using old CDs and breaking them up into pieces, then gluing them into any design you desire. The effect is pretty much similar and it won't cost you much.
If you've ever dreamed of being a mermaid, this one is definitely for you! Image having a nice shower after a long day of work in your own personal sanctuary where the tiles glisten and glimmer, in iridescent tones transporting you to a magical place of your own. For me, there's something about being in water and watching the colours move with the light that is completely calming and beautiful.