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!
If you're reading this, you're obviously the crazy cat owner who can't live without your furry feline friends and I'm telling you, it's totally understandable. So what's more exciting than carving out a space for your cats and also yourself without killing your personal style?
And you don't ever have to worry about your silk curtains and lush leather sofa in shreds! As Jackson Galaxy, the star of Animal Planet’s “My Cat From Hell.” said and I quote, “What you really want, is to live in a home that shows you care about your own comfort as well as the comfort and safety of your cats.”
1. Cats typically need less human companionship than other pets, and like to seek out quiet spots to be on their own. This might mean hiding beneath the couch or snuggling inside a cozy hole. Make sure you offer your cat places to spend some 'alone time' like this light wooded movable cat house that can also act as a great contemporary piece for your home!
And these unique cat houses definitely add character into the room!
2. Although your fluffy friends sleep A LOT, they'll also be interested in an elevated spot to nap or view their surroundings. Add a stylish cat tower, or build in climbing ledges through securely wall-mounted shelves.
3. You can also get some PurrPads for your furniture pieces! It helps to keep unwanted cat hair away and also offers a comfy place for your cat to lounge on.
4. If your kitties love destroying your luxurious sofas, try installing one of these scratch pads on the edge of your furniture! Or even better you can get a patterned one with which you can hang on the wall as an art piece!
5. You love your cats, but may not want the look of plastic cat paraphernalia to intrude upon your beautifully aesthetic rooms. Consider cute furniture-style designs, like the one shown below!
When you think about coastal, sea and beach inspired home decorations, it all leads back to the sunshine, sand, boats, nautical flags, sea shells and more. Beach inspired decorations always look so refreshing, relaxing and calm whether for your home or even party and wedding decorations!
But truth to be told, not all of us own a beach house and most of us aren't even lucky enough to live near a beach. So how do we incorporate some serious coastal vibe into our home without feeling out of place? Well, here comes the existence of wall arts! Below are a few of my favorite picks of photographs, prints, and paintings for all of you ocean lovers that would definitely bring a little coastal charm to our home wherever they are.
1. 'Calm Waters' by Karolis Janulis
This framed shot by Karolis Janulis features vivid tones and supple artistry.
2. Slim Aarons "Deck Dwellers"
April 1967—A general view looking down on sunbathers on the deck of a yacht, off the coast of the Bahamas. The image has been taken from a vantage point on the mast of the yacht.
4. 'Pacific Coast Highway' by Denise Wong
This abstract landscape piece features a painterly rendering of the Pacific Coast Highway, the famed stretch of road that runs along the California coast with the notion of taking the scenic route by a nature-inspired, bird's-eye perspective.
I can't really think of anyone who isn't a Disney lover and I'm glad I can't because there's no way someone doesn't feel a certain sense of love for Disney. From its stories, to the characters in them and all the details combined, there's something truly magical about it all. Kids love it because it sparks their imagination and adults love it because it takes us back to that magical place when we were kids and growing up to Disney stories. There's a small part in everyone to some day be able to visit Disneyland, but for those who can't here's a perfect way to incorporate some Disney love in your own home.
Almost every Disney story starts with a 'Once Upon A Time' as the opening of it. It's a trademark style that most Disney lovers can recognise immediately and even just hearing those words, gives us feels of nostalgia. This lampshade is such a quirky and cute idea to add some Disney influence to a room without making it too obvious. All you need is a lamp, a cut out of the wordings to paste inside it, and you're done!
Do you have a collection of sorts, a cabinet or display of souvenirs, or even a table with your makeup and stuff? This signboard says it all! Ariel, the Little Mermaid had an obsession for collection human things and what better way to show off your human things then by adding a little mermaid spin to it. Seriously though, isn't it neat?
Spot the (not so) hidden Mickey! This iconic design of three circles to symbolise Disney and Mickey Mouse is so easy to incorporate into our daily lives, and of course, decor aesthetics. Nothing screams Disney like Mickey does, so this mirror idea is totally acing it.
Speaking of mirrors, let's take an idea out of the Snow White story for this one. The famous quote "Mirror, mirror on the wall' from the story can be drawn or have a decal of it to paste on to the mirror to create your own magic mirror at home.
You're never too old to believe in some magic of fairy dust! Get a mason jar and add glitter of sequins in for for some sparkling faux fairy dust! Don't forget to label it of course, to give it that extra effect.
Tale as old as time, this iconic symbol of love from Beauty and The Beast is a perfect addition. If you can't get your hands on a replicate version that's already made, make on your self using a dome glass display, a fake rose (make sure it's a big red one) and add some fairy lights in to give it a glowy magical feel.
Pan's shadow is a nice touch for any room, especially for the bedroom. Get a decal piece done, and stick it on the wall for some effortless magic.
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!
Moving away from home to a dorm can be incredibly difficult. It's having to create a new atmosphere, life and balance everything while not having the security of family and home within grasp. But that's also the fun part of it all, you get a chance to grow as your own person, learn and be independent. This is why how your dorm room is, is so very crucial. It's your home away from home, a solitude you have created for yourself. The whole experience can be a really fun one, and having a cute dorm room to go back to makes it all so much better! Here are some cute dorm room ideas to get your creative juices going for your own.
Most dorm rooms are somewhat small, but that doesn't change the fact that you can make it cozy and comfortable instead of cramped up. The key to this is storage! Figure ways to store your bigger items like luggages, clothes and all those things in compartments. Once you've gotten the clutter out of the way, the fun part of decorating takes place!
Washi tapes are a fantastic creation for those who like pretty stationary and designing of any sort. Most dorm rooms have a rule against nailing things on the wall which makes framed pictures a no go. But here's an alternative that works wonders! Stick your pictures to the wall and frame it manually using washi tape to create designs and cool geometric shapes. You can pick from an endless array of colors and designs since washi tapes come in many forms. Get create and enjoy making a statement with your picture feature wall with customised frames.
Plants give life (literally!) to any space. It not only adds a pop of colour, but it also helps purify the air and supply the beautiful greenery only nature can! Get yourself a potted plant, and make sure it's something that doesn't require too much fuss but does add on to beautifying the room.
Tapestries are a fabulous addition for many reasons. It immediately changes the look and feel of the whole room, it adds character and colour to your space and it also covers up walls that are less than perfect. A definite win in any case. Having said that, there's also a variety of ways it can be draped, be it across walls or even over the bed to create a canopy
Since dorm rooms don't have the biggest floor space, say goodbye to sofas and couch chairs. This is where floor cushions are really a heaven sent. Easy to lay out, to clean and use, these pillows also add colour and design to an otherwise dull space. Top it off with some little details like tassels and pom-poms for a little extra flair.
As a child, the Enid Blyton books would have me immersed in whimsical fantasies. Of magic and secret, hidden rooms that would intrigue me. These were special to me.
A little hidden passageway makes a place a little extra special even in your own home. Though not common in most households, it's also not unheard of. With that, I'd like to take you on a journey to some hidden rooms you'll absolutely want to have in your own home now.
If this doesn't give you Narnia feels, I don't know what will. Step inside the closet to a whole new world on the other side! It's such a clever idea too, as the cupboard is still functional and useable. Also due to it's sturdy nature, that cupboard isn't easily movable and stays as a concrete placement to hide the door to the room on the other side.
A hidden staircase behind a secret door: every home library should have one of these for sure! This one showcases an image printed on a sliding door, but a sliding cabinet with actual books would be an equally (if not more!) amazing option. Either way, I love the whole concept of hiding a secret stairway that leads up to more books!
Generally hidden rooms and passageways in your home can be an exciting new design concept to introduce into your home, even more so when you can save space and utilise the most of your current living space. Stairs are often bulky and the space below it unused, so this is a perfect way to use up the space by creating a small room under it. It usually is a utility or store space, but this is taking it to a whole new level.
An ingenious entry point to the basement cellar this is! It's almost like it's completely not there and doesn't even give a mild illusion of that. The sturdy design using wooden panels match the floor so perfectly, it truly is a secret. This one gives me a bit of a James Bond mysterious feel.
Another staircase hideaway and this time directly under the stairs themselves! It's perfect for children (not so much for adults as the sizing won't work) and it also let's them explore their creativity and imagination as they play. How wonderful would it be to have a child's imagination and have your own secret room? The ideas are endless!
This simple hideaway works even in basic homes and doesn't require a large bank account. Using a cabinet as an entrance to a secret room is such an easy and cute idea. This works great even for adults who want their own personal space and need a little hideaway from the hustle and bustle of life. I'm sold at how easy it is to create this illusion in any home.
Having kids is one of the greatest blessings I have ever had, I still remember when I was expecting my first child, although I was very nervous to be a mother but the thought of working on a nursery room for my child, made me even more excited for the bouncing baby.
I found myself browsing through the web, looking for some unique decor ideas for my nursery room and I have compiled some of the ideas I liked together, in two articles. Here are some of the ideas, to help you get started on working on the nursery room.
Multi-purpose Changing Table
If you think you won't have enough space for a changing table, maybe you could find something that has both the changing table and also some storage space. You can help change your baby's diapers and also clothes without having to move back and forth in the room.
I know its hard, but the truth is, babies grow up fast. Because of that, you're going to need to buy adaptable furniture, that would cater your kid's needs regardless of his/her's age. The storage wardrobe in the picture above could be used to store bottles, napkins, diapers and so on, when your child is just a baby. Slowly, when your child ages up, you could store their toys. Proving that this furniture is worth the space in the nursery.
In relation to adaptable furniture, movable cribs are great for when you would like to watch that favorite TV show and also supervise your little one. Plus, my little one used to love falling asleep to the voices from the television shows, although it may be noisy sometimes, but it used to soothe my child very well.
Nursery on a Budget
You don't have to blow all of your savings on nursery room furniture, there are always some second hand nursery furniture in really good condition, some even barely used! If you're not happy with the color or wood stain, you could always re-paint/re-stain them to your liking. You could even buy a throw blanket close to the theme color of your nursery room to cover up the chair which has the pattern or color you're not happy with.
Bring the stars to your child's room. My kid loves looking at the twinkle-y lights, I love sticking on some glow in the dark stars around my child's room and the ceiling, it helps set the vibe for bed time.
These were some of the ideas I went through before I had my first child, I didn't expect it to be so much but trust me, everything will be worth it in the end. To really personalise the space, give your walls soft colours. Well, if you prefer a bold look; there's no rule in the handbook that says you shouldn't anyway! If you find painting too risky, you could opt for wall stickers.